Curator Jitish Kallat will engage in dialogue with two outstanding luminaries of our time, Siddhartha Mukherjee (physician, biologist and author) and William Kentridge (artist and filmmaker).
The conversation will navigate some of the idiosyncratic inquiries that make up the 'I draw, therefore I think' project, exploring the idea of drawing as a primary unit of creativity and the gene as a fundamental unit of heredity. The discussion could range from understanding their diverse and complex individual practices to thinking about evolution and art.
'I draw, therefore I think' is SOUTH SOUTH's inaugural Curatorial Project.
This drawing project is prompted by Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch Tree of Life in which he scribbled down a framework for his speculations in one of his early ‘transmutation’ notebooks. This intuitive drawing of an evolutionary tree is headlined by the words “I think” and is a precursor to Darwin’s radical theory of evolution, common descent, differential survival and natural selection.
Kallat invites artists and audiences to consider if Darwin first wrote the words “I think” and then - when words could not capture his emergent thoughts - proceeded to draw, or if the drawing preceded the words.