Making: Undergoing not doing

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Making: Undergoing not doing

If we accept that art objects are not knowledge artefacts [Scrivener, S. The art object does not embody a form of knowledge. Working Papers in Art and Design 2 (2002)] then what types of knowledge are generated through making and how is this knowledge shared without the art object being rendered as a by-product of a knowledge generation process?

Addressing the problem from the standpoint of fine art education as a process of self-discovery, and as a practitioner currently on a research sabbatical, I propose to discuss the process of making as three distinct but entangled apprehensions.

Form: Alertness. Being in the moment, attentive to the fabric and impression of the conditions and environment. Being human.

Transformation: Understanding material. Enabling the evolution of an idea through responding to matter.

Information: Acquiring experience from published knowledge. Finding a context.

Making involves learning from a variety of different materials. ‘Just making things’ is disingenuous and lacks methodological focus. Making should open up perceptions of what is going on in our world so we can respond to it not just describe or represent it. This requires an understanding of an intermingling of the three apprehensions which are crucial to polymorphous nature of the environment of production: a sense of who, how, where, when and why, of undergoing not just doing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
EventLondon Conference in Critical thought - UAL Anthropology, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201527 Jul 2015


ConferenceLondon Conference in Critical thought
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Anthropology, Deleuze, exhibition, involution, narrative, object, representation
  • Making things


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