Sher Doruff
Diagrammatic Praxis

April - May 2008

The daily process of writing and collaging image and textual elements precipitated the unfolding of diagrammatic relations during an artist residency at Concordia's Senselab, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi’s research-creation initiative, housed at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) in downtown Montreal.

Presented here is a chronological strip format of daily activity, the relations between keywords, phrases, cut-ups and images move towards the production of a paper for the books Vocabulaboratories.

June - August 2008

A new diagram was created for mapping the movement of thought for two paper invitations: a chapter on politics in Interfaces of Performance and a keynote address for the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conference in Cambridge, September 2008 entitled Hacking the Re-markable Relation. Both texts are an extension of the process begun in Montreal. Presented here is a strip format of diagram details and the texts they generated.

February - March 2009

Examples of an experiemental reading process of texts for discussion with colleagues and students as a re-markable, diffractive diagrammatic mapping of image/text elements, emphasis, and paratactical relations. Texts included Jacques Ranciere’s text “Sentence, Image, History” and Elizabeth Grosz’s Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth.

Continuing with the strip format as a documentation technique, details from the diagram are presented with two ‘works’ or what I call diagrammatic derivatives. In total over 50 diagrammatic derivatives were produced as works on paper in a variety of sizes (from 20x30cm to 80x100cm).

November - December 2009

2D translation commissioned from artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel for her Object Research Lab project. Present at the discursive event: Willem van Weelden, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Yvonne Dröge Wendel and Sher Doruff.