Frottage Workshop


  • 10am - 12.30pm

  • Hunter Building
    Workshop N1
    Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

In 1925 Max Ernst added to the palette of surrealist automatic techniques by developing frottage (rubbing), which he called “merely a technical means of augmenting the hallucinatory capacity of the mind.” The technique consists of laying sheets of paper on surfaces and rubbing them with a soft pencil or similar media, redrawing and re-imagining the emerging traces into oneiric landscapes.

In this workshop we will experiment with frottage, using different surfaces and materials to produce collaborative automatic narratives and dreamscapes.

Participants are required to bring in at least five ‘found surfaces’ to take rubbings from, and to swap with others. All other materials will be provided, and the workshop will be followed by discussion of the produced works, and the experiential and theoretical dimensions of frottage.

Attendance is free, but places are limited, so please book. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is co-organised between ECA’s Dada & Surrealism Research Group and the Narrative/Trace/Physicality Research Cluster.