UWE Bristol Talks: Tacit Knowledge

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

0117 917 2300
[email protected]

Thursday 23 March 2017
6 - 7pm
Opening Hours: 11am - 6pm
Admission Fee: £6 / £4
Booking essential

Are we in danger of losing the relationship between materials and making? If so, how does this affect our access to creativity and our understanding of visual language? UWE Bristol Professor Stephen Hoskins and Roger Conlon explore ideas about ‘making’ with reference to art and design research, teaching and practice.

Through illustrating and discussing a range of 2D and 3D objects and processes this talk challenges some current thinking about art, design and making and draws out the importance  of the relationship between materials and how we make and think creatively.

An understanding of how materials behave and the ways they can be transformed is central to the creative process. This ‘experiential learning’ from the material world forms the skills and ‘tacit knowledge’ that makers apply to their work. It also creates new knowledge and ways of thinking through the unpredictable, unexpected and unanticipated outcomes that only materials can provide. The importance of this could be lost in an increasingly virtual world where decisions about ‘making’ may be arrived at through assumptions and expectations that are made away from this physical and material experience.

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