Possible Bodies

Artist Drawing a Nude with Perspective Device

Item number: 003
Item title: Artist Drawing a Nude with Perspective Device
Author(s) of the item: Albrecht Duerer
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 1525
Entry of the item into the inventory: 2015

In 1525, Albert Dürer produced a descriptive drawing of him using the Perspective Device, a cultural attemot emerged in the times of settling perspective as a norm for representation; a machine operating under the claims of objectivity and fidelity:

The technoecology that is unfolded through this drawing and the drawing machine within it is one of clear agential differentiation of power relations not only within the technological devices (what is namely recognized as a device in the picture is not the pencil nor the papersheet, but the grided frame), but also within the humans and their disposition/practice/behaviour/task.

Other known perspective device found drawn is Leonardo da Vinci's "Draftsman drawing an a millary sphere":

--> Still one-eyed-men drawing women, and worlds.

This item is connected to item 007: http://possiblebodies.constantvzw.org/inventory/?007

To read more about Perspective, orientation and worldsettings, check Rocha, J. and Snelting, F. (2017) The Possible Bodies Inventory: dis-orientation and its aftermath* in "Cuerpos Poliédricos", Inmaterial Journal vol. 2, num. 3 (Barcelona: Bau College of Design) https://www.inmaterialdesign.com/index.php/mag/article/view/27