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Saturday, July 9 • 14:45 - 15:45
Keynote: Lynda Barry

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Why do people wish they could write, sing, dance, and draw, long after they’ve given up on these things? Most people give up on drawing at about the age of nine around the time they realize they can’t draw a nose.

They could draw noses just fine before that, they just put a shape in the nose area of the face and it always worked, because human beings have such a strong relationship with upright faces that any kind of mark in that area will read as a nose. Comics are all about this first way of drawing, our original way of drawing, and way that is natural and accessible to all of us. It’s drawing as picture-message rather than a realistic rendering. 


Does creative activity have a biological function? There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it? It’s something I call ‘an image’, something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive- a book, or a song or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form’. This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands, and the state of mind it brings about is not plain old ‘thinking’. This talk is about of our innate creative ability and need to work with images, the role our hands play in thinking and what the biological function of this thing we call ‘the arts’ may be. Please note: There will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.

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Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is assistant professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison.  Barry... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 14:45 - 15:45 BST
Lecture Theatre 3