Mobile drawing methods in landscape research: collaborative drawing in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Alice Fox, Hannah Macpherson, Nischal Oli, Ashmina Ranjit, Sangeeta Thapa, Siân Aggett, Andrew Church

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In this paper, we show how mobile drawing methodologies can bring the dynamic, relational and non-representational qualities of landscape encounters to the foreground. The research paper discusses a mobile drawing project that took place in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The project entitled ‘Taxi Guff-Gaff’ invited participants to undertake a collaborative drawing and conversational journey. Mobile drawing together on a bumpy taxi journey required artist participants to move together and literally ‘pay attention to the moment at hand’. In so doing it produced imagery that foregrounds the inherent dynamic quality of all our landscape encounters. We propose that mobile drawing offers an immersive way to relate to the urban landscape and each other and can open up spaces of landscape research that centre on speculative forms of thinking, being, drawing and conversation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1023
Number of pages15
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

The work for this project was supported by funding from the British Council to undertake the drawing in the Taxi Guff-Gaff project, and the Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Fund Research, grant number: ES/T008113/1, to undertake follow-up research to establish methodological insights for the work in Nepal on the project Brown Gold Towards Brown Gold?: Reimagining off grid sanitation in rapidly urbanising areas in Asia and Africa.


  • drawing methods
  • Nepal
  • non-representational theory
  • mobile methods
  • arts-based research
  • visual methods
  • critical cartography
  • Drawing methods


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