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Making dialogue: creating inclusive, egalitarian, and fluid "rules" for new social and material encounters 
Emily C. Arauz
Bilge Merve Aktaş (Aalto University)
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Panel Workshop
Material Culture and Museums
Tuesday 22 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki

Short Abstract:

To break the hierarchical rules between makers and their mediums/subjects, our panel and workshop will challenge the domination of a certain group, knowledge, or practice over others. Together, we will propose new inclusive and egalitarian patterns of rules through making and dialogue.

Long Abstract:

In social and material processes of engagement, the creators and experiencers of rules are often different groups of people, or even different species. Creators expect their rules to be followed, but do not necessarily take into consideration how these rules are experienced, forcing a hierarchy between different social groups, practices, and species.

For this panel and workshop, we invite researchers and makers to share case studies of creative making processes that were affected by materials, tools, people, beings, dialogues and environments, resulting in broken rules and new conclusions. Together, we will discuss how these processes of generating and breaking rules may drive the process in a different direction and create new meaning, new interpretations, or new rules. Prior to the conference, we will ask participants to think through the "rules" of their craft practice or research. During the virtual workshop we will exchange these "rules" between participants and undertake new methods of interpretation through performative actions of walking, making and dialogue.

By combining a panel with a hands-on craft workshop through virtual platforms, we will facilitate a discussion on how personal processes, merging with external factors, impact rules that support and dismantle current hierarchical social configurations. Building a dialogue with their materials and peers, the participants will establish a collaborative platform for new inclusive, egalitarian and fluid patterns of rules.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1 Tuesday 22 June, 2021, -