This project was jointly conceived and performed with the late Swiss artist and filmmaker Bernhard Huwiler (1957-20). Our idea was to create a tool for making large-scale drawings overland that could be only fully visualized from the distant sky but experience intimately as if the drawer were the pencil tip. The medium (blue sand) is delivered to the ground through a tube moving in response to the analogue movements of a walking body.
Maps of Drawing Sites and Paths
Performance Images & Video
Video sample of "Line Between Homes"
Drawing Visions of Space
Gerald Smith and Bernhard Huwiler, 1997, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Videos of drawn lines (Between Two Homes, Spiral to Intermedia Arts and Signatures) are projected onto the floor and onto a frosted glass plate near chairs. Super-8 film of the walking feet of the “draftsman” are projected on the wall above the viewers. Audio of the performances (car horns, walking in the snow, children playing, talking pedestrians) are projected into the exhibition space.
Writings and Press
Notes on Bernhard Huwiler’s and Gerald Smith’s: D is for Drawing Diane Mullin, 1997 D is for DictionaryIn 18th Century France the thinkers known collectively as the philosophes embarked on a project to catalogue all human knowledge in a book they called the Encyclopédie (1750-1772). This monumental work, edited by Denis Diderot, is comprised of