Author Maggie Jackson will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation as a part of Bard Graduate Center’s Seminar Series. The mission of Bard Graduate Center is to be the leading institute for the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through graduate training, exhibitions, and research.
How do the worlds of reflection and workmanship—two human endeavors rarely, if ever, considered together—intersect, align, and collide? In this talk, Jackson will investigate the reflective mind’s largely unexamined role in artisanal practices once dismissed as tacit and “unthinking,” as well as the potential for considered thought itself to be newly envisioned as a skill-based practice. Drawing from her multidisciplinary forthcoming book The Handmade Mind, Jackson will discuss reflective states, such as creative reverie or the embrace of ‘not-knowing,’ which are essential to excellence in craftsmanship and creative problem-solving of all kinds. Her work has taken her from operating rooms to artisan studios, from neuroscience labs to Maker Faires. Expanding our treatment of ‘making as knowing,’ she argues, can offer a new lens with which to appraise the nature of intellectual flourishing at a high-stakes moment in humanity’s relations with the material world.
Coffee and tea will be served; attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.