You’ve all been in education for more than 10 years, and counting. Soaking up new skills, knowledge and approaches to topics and themes relating to your field and interests. Your professional training introduces you to a discipline: field of study or professional field. You education is meant to show and teach you how you can become part of a field of practitioners and understand the rules of the game. The word discipline also carries the meaning of being able to abide by rules, do as expected, and the ability to bring yourself to doing the work expected, even if you don’t particularly feel like it. This quality will help you on your way of becoming a professional and to work within a system that works because most people follow the - sometimes unspoken - rules most of the time.
FASCINATIONS FOR YOUR
Reading week is a "class-free" week, for you to catch up on your work and prepare for the coming weeks. Shirley will be organising two electiveworkshops on Monday that you can sign up for via Slack. The campus buildings will be open but the Makers Lab will be closed (except for the Monday), so you will not be able to do much work with the machines, unfortunately.
* 3D modeling in Fusion 360: A learning by doing workhop - guided by Sander (Makers Lab technician) you’ll dive right into the software and get modeling, while learning about the most important features along the way. This will give you the basic skills and confidence to start designing yourself.
* Making & casting bioplastics: This is a 2-in-1 workshop about how to use diy biodegradable materials to make plastics, and ‘easily’ cast them in the shapes you need using Makers Lab tools. We’ll talk bout the possibilities, mix the resin, create at least one mold/cast and experiment with embedding materials (flowers, textiles, electronics…) within the bioplastics.
During reading week, please finish the three homework assignments below ready to present on Monday 25 Feb.
Week 8-10 are fully dedicated to projects initiated by yourselves. Based on a fascination, you will formalise a mini research project that will be executed by you and a collaboration partner.
We will start off the process by generating ideas for projects that would be interesting to you to pursue. There are three flavours we highly recommend, maybe this year more come up. Let's see how these ideas develop in the coming weeks.
PREPARE READINGS & UPDATE
Document all your work from the kick-off week and week 2. Please review the documentation guidelines listed here (introduced by Shirley in the workshop on Hotglue). Also prepare the readings for week 4:
Hertz, G. () “What is Critical Making?” Current.
Hertz G. ed. (2016) Disobedient Electronics. Conceptlab.
Jolliffe, D. (2012) “Eight Missing Projects of the Maker Generation” in: Garnet Hertz, ed. (2012) Critical Making Zines: Projects. Conceptlab.
You might also find that sometimes the unspoken rules of a profession, the guiding principles in the educational system, or the demands put on you by teachers and peers can conflict with your personal values. Your personal values are the things you find very important, the characteristics and behaviours that motivate you and guide your decisions in life, such as honesty, integrity, creativity or humor. This is a fact of life for almost all of us, and something we need to negotiate all of the time.
Also, in the current day and age, lifelong learning has become a mandatory elective to keep up with the times. If you choose to get on that boat, let’s make sure it’s worth your while and help you make the process as fulfilling as possible. To that end you will write an unlearning manifesto. The purpose of an unlearning manifesto is to stop and think what makes learning worthwhile for you. To get a clear(er) view on the kind of person you aspire to become through an ongoing process of learning.
How to draft an unlearning manifesto
list your personal values (max 5)
identify a behavior that you need to stop doing or unlearn, in order to be more aligned with this value. Be as specific as possible
Create a 1 A4 spread of your unlearning manifesto (with 5 bullet points) and post it on your Hotglue page. Read the list often to remind yourself of the things that are important for you to practice and get better at. Let them guide your decisions throughout the course.
E.g. one of your values is OPENNESS. A behavior to unlearn could be the fact that you tend hide when you have a hard time with something and should probably open up, even if it makes you uncomfortable, and address the issue, or get some support on what you are doing.
E.g. value is GROWTH. Your unlearning statement could be: I want to stop taking the easy way out, and instead challenge myself by e.g. choosing a material I don’t know, collaborate with a person I seem to have nothing in common with, choose a tool I have never used before.
E.g. value is LEADERSHIP. Your unlearning statement could be: I want to stop being silent about things or situations I’m not happy about, don’t agree with or am frustrated with. Instead, I want to practice addressing issues constructively by voicing my concerns and coming up and suggesting viable alternatives that might work better for me and others.
E.g. value is SUSTAINABILITY. Statement could be: I want to stop working with materials that are bad for the environment. Instead I will research every material I work with and consider how the material choices and production methods I work can have the least impact on the environment.
Three types of projects (see slides)
1. Make something entirely from scratch (materiality, tools and production processes, e.g. Geert)
2. Critique a practice or technology (question cultural values embedded in design, e.g. Kristin)
3. Make a critical/discussion object (create an object that sparks debate e.g. Frida)
Assignment: 3 fascinations, 3 spreads
Go out and get inspired! Identify 3 fascinations with a material, a technique, a design process, a production method, a societal issue, a type of product, a trend, or other. Create a zine spread of 1 A4 for each fascination, showing and explaining in text and images what the fascination is about and why it tickles you.
Post your zine spreads (PDFs) to the #week-3 Slack channel before Friday 5PM
PDF available for download in this list: http://conceptlab.com/criticalmaking/