Panel: Unravelling craft, technology and practical knowledge at the 4S/EASST Conference, August 31 – September 3, 2016.
Craftwork has long been synonymous with handmade, bodily engagements with tools and materials. New, often digital, technologies are currently reconfiguring craftwork in unexpected ways, and these emerging craft-technology practices are opening up new domains for generative material thinking and sensory practical knowledge. This intersection of craft and thought, making and knowing, tradition and innovation is the focus of this session.
This panel invites creative contributions that engage with the re-conceptualisation, re-invention and re-enactment of craft practices in contemporary life, using a broad definition of craft. We specifically call for reflexive collaborative work that brings craftspeople/practitioners/artists and academics/theorists together in dialogue, not necessarily only verbally.
Topics addressed might include:
Alternative sites of craft and knowledge production such as the maker movement, fablabs and artistic research
Intersections between craft and knowledge economy, in particular cases such as the textile industry
Cases of sensory knowledge as shaped by/through (digital) technologies
Changing notions of skilled work and craftsmanship in professional and artistic fields such as architecture, design, medicine and engineering