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UWE Bristol Talks: Tacit Knowledge

Thursday 23 March 2017, 18:00 to 19:00

Are we in danger of losing the relationship between materials and making? If so, how does this affect our access to creativity and our understanding of visual language? UWE Bristol Professor Stephen Hoskins and Roger Conlon explore ideas about ‘making’ with reference to art and design research, teaching and practice.

Through illustrating and discussing a range of 2D  and 3D objects and processes  this talk challenges some current thinking about art,  design and making  and draws out the importance  of the relationship between materials and how we make and think creatively.

An understanding of how materials behave and the ways they can be transformed is central to the creative process. This ‘experiential learning’ from the material world forms the skills and ‘tacit knowledge’ that makers apply to their work.  It also creates new knowledge and ways of thinking through the unpredictable, unexpected and unanticipated outcomes that only materials can provide. The importance of this could be lost in an increasingly virtual world where decisions about ‘making’ may be arrived at through assumptions and expectations that are made away from this physical and material experience. 

About Stephen Hoskins

Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol. Apart from being a practising printmaker, his primary areas of research are; the potential of 3D printing and related digital technologies for the arts, plus the tactile surface of the printed artefact and its consequences for digital technology. His latest book ‘3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Craftpeople’ is published by Bloomsbury.

About Roger Conlon

Roger Conlon is Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, UWE. He continues to create and exhibit his own work while maintaining a deep interest in the teaching of drawing and painting.  His career has included many aspects about this including exhibiting, lecturing, writing and presenting for television and radio. Throughout his teaching and practice he emphasises that the ‘processes’ of creativity, drawing and making especially, are as important as its products.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID, subject to availability. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Welcome Desk.

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