Act Otherwise: Event Presentation

A program of workshops and events of the Piet Zwart Master of Education in Arts will be presented at V2 on Saturday afternoon 8 July.

Jul 2017
11:00 to 15:00
location: V2_

V2_ welcomes The Master of Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute for the events programme of their 2017 graduation show. Titled Act Otherwise, the research and graduation projects of seven students will be presented to the public, taking shape as seven different attitudes towards contemporary issues at stake in education. Together the students address the question: How to Act Otherwise? The graduation projects are interconnected with and referencing each other, reflecting the research of their learning community, exploring the possibilities of alternative pedagogical views and approaches. In doing so, the presentation discloses different contexts, social, pedagogical aspects and present-day challenges in art and design education, in which the students are embedded.

Apart from the events presentation at V2_ there is a graduation show at TENT.

Graduating students: Janneke Baken, Ilse Leenders, Marina Martinez Garcia, Shailoh Phillips, Annemarie Piscaer, Sebastian Schneiders and Robin Vermeulen.
Curator: Irina Shapiro(course tutor MEiA)
Spatial design TENT: Gulia Consenza and Albert Takashi Richters
Graphic design: Studio Inherent (Dennis van Gaalen and Eline Wieriks)
Production: Susana Pedrosa.

Programme at V2_

13.00 – 13.45: Collective Movement by Ilse Leenders
Wandering Flock – a Bodily Exercise in Unison
Number of participants: open (+/- 25 participants).
This performance starts inside but will take place in public space.
The Wandering Flock is a bodily exercise in unison, inspired by the flocking of birds. In this workshop everybody actively participates mimicking the flocking movements in an outside location. The experience invites to explore and become aware of bodily senses, while focusing on the other and the surroundings. Each individual can take the position of leader and change the direction of the group, while communicating in a non-verbal way. The exercise aims for a more inclusive way of learning where a coherent connection between body and mind is present, while learning through the collective. For the development of the method Ilse Leenders follows among others, concepts of Japanese arts derived from Shinto and Zen Buddhist philosophies and experiential learning as taught in Black Mountain College and Forest Schools. By participating in the workshop the method can be physically perceived and understood.

14.00 – 14.45: Collective Drawing by Sebastian Schneiders
Point, Line, Space, Time, Me, You, Us
Number of participants: +/- 20
Beyond seeing, drawing is a material and haptic activity. In this collaborative drawing workshop participants explore and question what we can do with lines (and what lines can do with us). If a drawn line is the trace of a movement; in what ways can it be enacted as it moves from point, to line, to defining space and moving through time? What can a line learn and what stories can it tell? A line can mark a border or trace a path. How far will we deviate, and what does it mean to draw together?  An hour to explore and reflect on the ‘point on a walk’.

14.45 – 15.00: Short Break 

15.00 – 15.45: Workshop by Annemarie Piscaer
Number of participants: max. of 15 participants
We will go in an imaginable trip to the moon and back. The moon provides a canvas to ‘unlearn’ by deconstructing embedded professional knowledge and routines, and by reflecting on earth. This is relevant in order to deal with ecological issues. We can only understand the new if we unlearned everything we’ve accepted and learned. ‘The frontiers of science are such that almost every morning many of our hypotheses of yesterday are found inadequate or in error. (…) If a capable student wants to become a front-frank scientist he has to be able to unlearn everything he has learned.’ (Buckminster Fuller, 1962) 

16.00 – 17.00: Lecture Performance by Shailoh Phillips
Some Troubles with Making: Critical Tools for Futurecrafting in the Age of Entanglement
Number of participants: open
‘Making’ is one of the latest buzzwords in education. It is a highly malleable a container term that travels between different disciplines in art, design, and engineering. Makerspaces carry quite a load of utopian promises: opening up technology, bringing (power) tools to the people, bridging the digital and the analogue, preparing the next generation for the future—nothing short of the next industrial revolution, with an emancipatory impulse to match it. But is this a real revolution, or just a new phase of capitalism, bringing new mechanisms of control and exploitation, new ways of distracting and alienating people? Shailoh Phillips will explore the potential of tentacular pedagogy for digital crafts, based on 6 months as an embedded researcher at Bouwkeet Makerspace. This lecture is packed with practical examples and fundamental questions that come from the nitty-gritty of beginner’s lessons in 3D printing, sewing, digital crafts, 3D printing, welding, woodworking, ceramics etc. She maps the affordances and the constraints that open up in the microcosmos of the Maker Movement, in relation to the underlying ‘wicked problems’ in society. Without deliberate strategies of resistance, it is quite likely to get stuck in a loop of producing and reproducing power structures, instead of nurturing empowerment. Getting out of this mess requires an updated understanding of tools and technology, of teaching and learning, rethinking what it means to “make” something that matters.

More information: meia.pzwart.nl/ and www.pzwart.nl/master-education-in-arts/

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