Aaron Knochel’s 'Drawing Together' opens in Borland project space

Stephanie Swindle
September 20, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education in the School of Visual Arts and embedded researcher at the Art & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture, has begun his residency in the Borland Project Space. His project, “Drawing Together,” is a social space of mark-making that explores a practice collectively realized through a prosthetic machine that is literal and pedagogical. “Drawing Together” is at the intersection between the social and the post-human, between the prosthetic and the collective in making art. The hashtag, #drawingtogether, which Knochel is connecting to his project, has already generated almost 1,000 posts. His residency will run through Oct. 27.

Knochel's research focuses on the intersections between art education, social theory, and media studies. From community-based media production to participatory do-it-yourself digital fabrication, his interests follow the complexities of civic engagement both through art and design and through network connectivity. Generally, he tries to live up to his @artisteducator Twitter bio: “artist-teacher-visual culture researcher-digital media flaneur-novice hacker and pixel stacker.”

“In my Borland Project Space residency, I will design and fabricate prosthetic apparatuses of mark-making, or what I call drawing machines, that are collectively actualized through group work and cooperative participation to explore what it may mean to draw between us. Drawing in this sense is a social space, a practice that is collectively realized through a prosthetic machine that is literal and pedagogical,” explained Knochel.

Upcoming “Drawing Together” Events:


Tuesdays, 1 – 5 p.m. and Thursdays 3 – 5 p.m.


Drawing Together: A Demonstration of Drawing Machines

Tuesday, October 11, 6 – 8 p.m.

Public Lecture: Drawing Together: Machines and Sharing

Friday, October 14, 12 p.m.

Demonstration of Drawing Machines at Palmer Museum of Art Community Day

Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closing Reception with Demonstration of Drawing Machines

Tuesday, October 25, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

  • detail of the "Drawing Together" machinery

    detail of the "Drawing Together" machinery

    IMAGE: Aaron Knochel
  • "Drawing Together" logo

    "Drawing Together" logo

    IMAGE: Aaron Knochel
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Last Updated September 21, 2016