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Direct Projection by Tomás Colaço

The First Drawing in the World
Leda and the Swan
The Enclosure of the City

What is the origin of drawing? What actually is the desire that lies behind it? One story has it that the first drawing was by a woman. Pliny, I believe. Butades, her or him, I don’t know. But then again she disappeared.
The old idea of women as housewives and men as itinerants; of caring women and disinterested men.
Drawing here is the need to catch a moment in time, but also to hold a traveller’s attention or apprehend a fugitive.
The woman who draws the silhouette of her lover before seeing him vanish into nature on some undefined mission.
Thus we see the woman as the agent of action and the man as the model of the drawing.
The frustration of the two-dimensionality of drawing. The attempt to reproduce a 3D image (the clay on the outline of Butade’s lover). The birth of bas-relief — a middle way.
And then there is Narcissus....” (Tomás Colaço)

A practical session in “direct projection” where the body is connected to the gesture of drawing. The participant is invited to an exercise in drawing based around ideas of the figure/background, outline/interior, fable making and simplicity, and the stories and romantic idea behind the “first drawing”. The mundaneness of the means will be placed in dialogue with the potential exuberance of the final product.


“A-side” and “B-side” refer to the two sides of a record or cassette, but they also reveal something about their contents. The A-side is typically the official side, the one that includes the hit single. The B-side is more informal and often includes a bonus track. This maat programme, developed in tandem with The Peepshow – Artists From the EDP Foundation Portuguese Art Collection, focuses on the informal side of artists, on their B-side. It aims to create space to establish a more casual relationship between the visitor and the artist. Every Saturday at the museum, we can expect the unexpected — a concert, a drawing session with a good wine, a yoga lesson about dreams — that reveals the artist’s B-side.

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