An afternoon event exploring the importance of 'learning through doing' and embodied engagement with knowledge, with presentations from artists, anthropologists, and education innovators.
Material Knowledge is a mini conference, in which anthropologists, artists and educators will explore and discuss the power and importance of embodied knowledge. Bringing together examples from early years education, work with older people, studio-based artistic practice, and ethnographic research, the event will provoke debate about our education system whilst offering alternative models for learning and enquiry. Speakers include:
Professor Timothy Ingold
Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
Tim Ingold is an anthropologist with a long-held interest in the relationships between art practice, experience and knowledge. Ingold is currently researching and teaching on the connections between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture (the '4 As'), conceived as ways of exploring the relations between human beings and the environments they inhabit.
Ann Jamieson, Big Wide Talk
An organisation that works with children, letting them think, learn and speak for themselves in Theatres of Learning: an innovative model for educational process, in which children are actively engaged in learning as a form of hands-on enquiry.
Helen Carnac is a maker, curator and academic who lives and works in London. Drawing, mark-making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection are all central to her practice as a maker and thinker: ‘I run an environmentally grounded practice, developing projects using design methodologies that are rooted in an acute awareness of physical location, place and working practices. The populated environment is of key importance to me and through my practice and projects I aim to bring people together, creating social and creative engagement and collaboration in an open-ended design process.'