Body & StuffExploring the Physicality of Materials and Objects
Collective Studio at NewBridge Project, Gateshead.
One-day workshop lead by Laura White
This event will explore how our bodies relate, negotiate and deal with materials/objects/stuff...
Looking at familiar everyday encounters - ordinary objects, such as kitchen utensils and cheap ready-mades - to making/constructing objects, which can relate to our own physical bodies, challenging both the object/material capacity and our body posture/movement in relation to objects/stuff.
Everyone bring a familiar object that they use regularly - e.g. utensil from kitchen, studio, workplace.
Pick up a familiar object, handle as would usually, then handle differently, use all of our bodies to discover new aspects of these objects - e.g. using a spoon in unfamiliar impractical ways - balance on the back of our hands, picking up with our feet... Understand the materials they are made of, how our body works/collaborates with them…
Use objects/stuff blindfolded - what can we discover?
Re awaken our experiences of negotiating the stuff around us - materials, objects, furniture etc.
Discuss/share experience. What have we learnt about the familiar objects we have used and our bodies through this activity?
Make an object/thing that accommodates/challenges our own body, using a range of materials provided.
Explore object/thing made using our body and others, both while making it and when it is complete - challenge our usual body movement/behaviour. How can the object extend our experience of both our body and the object.
Use our body as an armature to attach materials, or make objects that are transferable to other bodies.
Transferable objects - give to another person to explore with their body - how does their body negotiate material/object different to our own.
Do an ‘Object Selfie’ with our phones to document our object negotiations.
Respond/describe the experience in other forms - writing/spoken/drawing/movement/other. E.g. Write a paragraph/list of words, abstract mark making, sounds/words, gesture/movement to unpack interesting moments from your material/body experiments.
Discuss the experience - what have we learnt about objects, materials and ours and others’ bodies.