MAASTRICHT, 11th NOVEMBER 2019 – In July 2018 we organised our first workshop focused on the material nature of learning. We wanted to look at how learning is related to the environment in which we learn, how materials and sensorality influences the development of embodied skills, and how technologies and global contexts shape learning. Over four days, 40 participants – all academics or practitioners – ran or participated in panel discussions, movement and object exercises, practical workshops, and a public event which delved into this topic, exploring how it related to their academic work. During the workshop the filmmaker and cultural historian Paul Craddock participated in and filmed the happenings.
We are thrilled to share the first of six videos documenting the six practical workshops that happened during this event. In this workshop Kristen Haring, in her words, led a “material investigation of folding, quite separate from Deleuze’s philosophical investigation of folding”. Participants folded napkins, many, many napkins. Conversations addressed repeatability, routinized labor, embodied learning, and how to bring hands-on exercises to bear on intellectual questions.
Stay tuned for more videos in the coming weeks!