The shape of things

From problem to object, and back again. Led conjointly by Jamie Allen and Rodrigo Maltez Novaes, the Summer School students will embark on a hands-on, reflective journey on the practice and meaning of shaping things.

Worshop dates
July 7-11th (one week)

What is it we do? We shape “things”: objects, interactions, systems, infrastructures… This class aims at giving designers, makers, artists and technologists hands-on reflection on their role in this process of shaping things in a broad, philosophical, and critical sense. It is an invitation to an adventure, and to rethink this as a role within technological culture.

The ideas that underscore the course are themselves shaped by those of Villém Flusser (author of “The Shape of Things”), and his concepts of technical apparatus, technical image, technical imagination, and play. Together, we will make and build experimental “things” in order to explore these ideas. Sessions will be co-hosted by Jamie Allen (Senior Researcher at CIID) and Rodrigo Maltez Novaes (Translator and Researcher at the Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin). There are no prerequisites for the class besides a laptop and an interested, open mind.

“Concepts must be experienced. They are lived.”
— Manning & Massumi

Jamie Allen — Senior Researcher, CIID
Rodrigo Maltez Novaes — Artist and Researcher at the Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin