Unfolding: a multisensorial dialogue in 'material time'

Blakey, S and Mitchell, L (2017) Unfolding: a multisensorial dialogue in 'material time'. Studies in Material Thinking, 17. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1177-6234

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This essay investigates the multisensorial encounter between people, things and place, through the analysis of a shared experience in a museum store room. In the to-and-fro of dialogue, its co-authors discuss the visceral bodily response both experienced in the simple act of unfolding a piece of cloth in the attic room of a house. Theories of emplacement, flow, resonance and intimacy are explored across the co-authors’ home disciplines of craft and making, material culture, history, pedagogy and museology, but are also followed into less familiar territory including biology and neuroscience. The essay makes the case for a particular quality of time and space, found by both authors in the maker’s workshop and the museum store; a quality they describe as ‘material time’. In ‘material time’, being slows down, the body takes over and boundaries between self and other begin to dissolve. As a maker-educator and a curator-historian, both located within the art school, the co-authors consider the implications of these findings for learning and creative practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: encounter, materiality, creativity, museum, unfolding, dialogue, material, time, museum store, workshop, flow, being, intimacy, body, emplacement, senses, visceral, resonance
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Fine and Applied Art (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Liz Mitchell
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:48
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2382

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