Symbols, pictures, numbers – from the earliest drawings scratched into the rock face to digital era displays, the techniques for recording images and the results of these have been in a constant process of change. A diverse range of material and communicative interrelations link what is to be illustrated or described, the tool used to draw or write this, and the finished product.
Who draws or writes when, under what conditions, and for whom? How long does a written message survive, what course does the pathway between sender and recipient take? The permanence of a piece of recorded information and the techniques for transmitting or carrying it vary between a 25,000-year-old cave painting and an SMS, which is written, sent and deleted in a moment.