EASST/4S making & doing session 2020

Drawing Spatial and bodily sensitivities - a training kit

A collaboration between Ulrike Scholtes and Marlies Vermeulen

Ways in which bodies and spaces relate have gained increasing acknowledgement, interest and dedication in various sciences such as sociology, anthropology, science studies and artistic research (often under big words such as “affects” or “affordances”). Drawing on the material-semiotic proposition that bodies and spaces do not only relate, but co-produce each other, this workshop offers tools to articulate body-space entanglements. Two practitioners, experienced in map making and body work respectively, introduce drawing as an ethnographic technique to study how bodies take place. 


The workshop consists of three parts: 

1.     A collective awareness exercise session in which bodies are sensitized to a shared virtual space and drawing techniques are introduced;

2.     An individual fieldwork exploration in which participants take these newly achieved sensitivities and techniques to practice;

3.     A reflective open online discussion in which we compare and learn from each other’s drawings and discuss questions such as: how can drawing be an instrument to study bodies and spaces? How do these drawing techniques shape knowledge making and exchange? How can artistic practices (such as drawing and body work) enrich STS research practices? How do these modalities allow us to transport affectivity and fluidity of places? How do they facilitate thinking beyond language and categories? How could they stimulate co-authorships and other collaborations?



*Marlies Vermeulen has a background in architecture and works as a cartopologist. She aims at representing our spatial environment by combining places, the properties of places and their narratives in maps. Besides her independent practice she also teaches at several universities and works on a PhD research (www.dearhunter.eu and cartopology.institute).


*Ulrike Scholtes has a background in art, body work and social sciences and works as a researcher (conducting her PhD research at UvA anthropology and the Faculty of Arts in Maastricht) and teacher of body awareness (at various art faculties and social science departments). In her research she uses drawings and words to put feeling and bodily experience onto paper, thereby working on articulating forms of “tacit knowledge”.



        Drawing by Marlies Vermeulen
Drawing by Marlies Vermeulen

Welcome to the online space for discussion and information, regarding our 4S/EASST making and doing session "Drawing Spatial and Bodily Sensitivities". Since we have limited time during our online discussion session and because we will be doing a large part of the workshop individually, this page allows for discussion and sharing. 

Below, you can place your comments or react to other's. 


On the bottom of the page, you can download the different tools that are part of the toolkit: 

- the map of the virtual street

- the blank map you can use for your street

- the video exercise of the virtual street, which we practice on the first day

- the written text of the virtual street, which we practice on the first day

Once we received all of the participants' maps, we will upload them below. This way, we can all review them before we start our discussion session on Friday (August 14th,16:00-16:40 CEST). 

Practical information:

Session 1: Wednesday August 19th, 12:20-13:00 CEST

Collective practice of body and space awareness in a virtual space. 


Session 2:  Thursday August 20th

Individual exercise: participants practice the sensitivities that were developed in the first session individually and draw their own map.

Please send your maps/drawings/pictures of the proces to contact@ulrikescholtes.de before Thursday 17:00 CEST

We upload all of the drawings below before Friday 12.00 CEST for you to see and study. 


Session 3: Friday August 21st, 16:00-16:40 CEST

Discussing the drawings and what they (could) do. 

Please post any thoughts, comments, questions you have while using the toolkit below:

Comments: 1
  • #1

    Ulrike Scholtes (Friday, 21 August 2020 16:42)

    Thank you all for participating.
    Please find some of the maps that participants produced below!!

    Looking forward to experiment further!

Making and doing maps - Maps made by participants

Natassia's map
Natassia's map
Marlies' map
Marlies' map
Ildiko's map
Ildiko's map
Veerle's map
Veerle's map
Ulrike's map
Ulrike's map
Lisette's virtual street map
Lisette's virtual street map
Lisette's map
Lisette's map


Video: demonstration exercise of "a virtual street". 

Password: TK20USMV

Text "A virtual Street"
This is the text that leads you through the virtual street. This text can be reviewed in case the map's text boxes are unclear or if you need a reminder of the different body awareness exercises in the visualization.
Adobe Acrobat Document 78.6 KB
Virtual Street Map
Download the map of the virtual street here.
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.4 MB
Grid for your Street Map
This is the grid that you need in order to practice the exercise on Thursday, in which you will be drawing your own street map.
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.4 MB
Audio recording of the virtual street exercise
This is the audio part of the video only. This may come in handy when walking through the actual street while wanting to be reminded about all the different ways of being aware that we practiced in the visual street exercise.
Virtual Street exercise audio.m4a
MP4 Video/Audio File 12.4 MB