18 June 2016: Thinkering unSymposium in Plymouth

Saturday 18th June 2016, 10am – 7.30pm

Ocean Studios – The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

This event explores the theme of t(h)inkering—a practice that brings together tinkering and thinking—in the contexts of living coding, hardware hacking, the maker movement, media archaeology and design.

This unSymposium is made up of 3 workshops that will run simultaneously:

  • Transduction led by Morten Riis (DK)
  • Live Coding by Shelly Knotts (UK)
  • Modular Synthesis David Bessell (UK)

How can working with, making, reflecting on, subverting and performing with tools and materials inspire new perspectives and approaches to knowledge? Thinkering raises issues around doing-it- yourself (DIY) versus doing-it- with-others (DIWO); ecology and obsolescence; and the tensions between signs and signals; aesthetics and tools, ontology and epistemology.

If thinkering suggests new ways of approaching knowledge, practice-based research, art and aesthetics, it also upend assumptions about academia as a gate-keeper of knowledge, pointing to the proliferation of maker/hacker labs, workshops and vernacular engagement with tools and materials. What can thinkering tell us about the world?

Tickets are available free of charge through Eventbrite.

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