“Tacit Knowledge and the Mentors.”
Tacit knowledge (in Creative Practice) is a flexible and dynamic realm of knowledge which is hard to grasp, hidden, invisible to the eye of the practitioners but existing inside and by their practice. It is something that exists at the level of the subconscious: an unspoken, silent and subjective form of knowledge, embedded in practice. Tacit knowledge could be described as an intuitive thinking related to the operational and experiential aspects of the practice, as a foundational dimension of the mental space of perception and memory, built through spatial intelligence. An example of tacit knowledge is the ‘thinking hand’ of the artist, which is the medium through which he can express and surface his inner voice.
The workshop will be the occasion for triggering reflections about Tacit Knowledge in Creative Practice and, in occasion of the theme of the ADAPT-r days “Mentors, epiphanies and sidetracks of the Research”, the activity will be focusing also on the role that the mentors have in the building and discovery of the Tacit Knowledge. The mentor can refer to a wide range of cultural, academic, social and personal references, which encourage and inspire the researcher in their venturous practice, which is not, like the definition, a linear and straightforward trajectory but rather a complex journey.
Research and experiences emerging from the ADAPT-r ITN PhD-by-Practice Program would be the starting point of debate and reflection about the different tacit knowledge(s) emerging in the work of the master and PhD students.