Frances Robertson

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Frances Robertson is a lecturer in Design: History & Theory at Glasgow School of Art. Her cross-disciplinary research examines drawing as practice and discourse, embracing methods from art and design theory and history, material culture visual culture, cultural history and histories of science and technology. She investigates drawing as a means both of shaping the three-dimensional world, and as a two-dimensional industrial material mark making activity whose meanings depend in part on practices derived from print and photography. She recently co-organised at GSA the international conferences Material Culture in Action: Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design (7-8 September 2015) and Authenticity in transition (December 2014). Recent publications include: Print culture: technologies of the printed page from steam press to eBook (Routledge 2013); 'Mere adventurers in drawing: Engineers and draughtsmen as visual technicians in nineteenth century Britain' (chapter in Kate Nichols, Rebecca Wade and Gabriel Williams, eds., Art versus industry?: New perspectives on visual and industrial cultures in nineteenth-century Britain, Manchester University Press, 2016), and 'Involuntary presence: copying, printing, and multiplying line', TRACEY online journal of contemporary drawing research special issue 'Drawing as presence', ISSN 1742-3570