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MIT II – TOGETHER

7th February 2018 at 7pm

Ecologists and biologists alike observe that in nature the greatest sites of contestation such as the coastline or the edges of a pond – in other words the site where two worlds meet – are the sites where life and diversity thrives.

“We become unable to think of ourselves according to [these] categories or even as merely biological beings” (Richter 1966)

TOGETHER we have lived, shared food, built, argued, discussed, learnt, destroyed and repaired. Join Making in Transit on the 7th of February to examine the nature of COOPERATION and understand its value in our society.

From protests, commuting, learning and inclusion, to Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto, Blue Planet 2 and biological symbiosis between corals and zooalanthae (the algae that co-feed coral reefs by means of photosynthesis) we will look at cooperation as a phenomenon.

Briefly we will look at public transport, supermarkets, learning and working environments, evaluating how together we dispute and share space. The United Nations estimated that the world population reached seven billion in October 2011, and the human population is collectively responsible for the issues of concerning social injustice and climate change. We will turn to local, close knit examples, familiar examples of cooperation and togetherness in the context of the playground and in schools to relate more general ideas of cooperation to those we see in the natural world. Our speakers for this event are India Harvey and Jennifer Crouch, and during this session you will get the chance to work together in a collaborative SLIME MAKING workshop (whats all this fuss about slime anyway?)

India is an artist researcher and educator, working in the fields of participatory art practice, play, sensory perception and Neurodiversity. For the past four years India has worked simultaneously as a playworker in Adventure playgrounds and as lead artist on projects with galleries such as the Arnolfini, South London Gallery and Camden Arts Centre. India has been developing a reflective working methodology that links processes of gallery and arts education* to the active flow of (Adventure) Playwork Practice.** Recently India has presented written and visual research at the RCA Intimaterial conference, Engage 2017, Edinburgh International Science Festival and presented participatory work at LimaZulu and with SPLEEN.

* that should enrich perceptual, cognitive and sensory experiences of art by granting participants permission to interpret and understand on a their own terms

** characterised by the belief that (while playing) the ‘being’ child is far more important than the ‘becoming’ child, leaving space for highly individualised working methodologies- fundamentally inclusive as a result.

Jennifer Crouch is founder of Making in Transit. She has experience lecturing at graduate and post graduate level as well as seven years experience working in the field of public engagement. Having collaborated with museums, universities and institutions she has yet to a talk about her teaching practice in the public sector – in her view the experience of alienation (in the Marxist sense) is a central concern to some of the many problems faced by the education system.

 


THECUBE is super excited to welcome Making in Transit back into our small workspace. Jennifer Crouch’s work fits perfectly into our three key disciplines – art, science and technology. Join us in our space in East London – all events are free!