(report on the Setting the Scene Symposium by Simone ten Hompel and Deborah Werbner)
Patrick Letschka is a designer and a maker of wooden objects and an academic specializing in drawing and mark making. In his work with medical students and art students he explores biological memory, visual perception and visual memory. Letschka raised issues of sensory related “Proustian” memories as well as visual memory. He engaged the Symposium participants in a series of mark making activities to test these perception and memory indicators first hand. In his work and in the afternoon’s actions, the landscape explored was internal – in the mind’s eye rather than external surroundings.