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RESEARCH CREATION

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Thinking/Sinking Into the Folds of Craft and the Digital Turn

Presented at the 13th International Conference of the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) by Dr. Lynne Heller, Tricia Crivellaro Grenier, Dorie Millerson, and Kathleen Morris

Thinking/Sinking Into the Folds of Craft and the Digital Turn is a virtual reality project that explores the synergies between craft and digital methodologies within Canadian colleges and universities.

These synergies are explored through the collected narratives of craft focused students and educators about their experiences with digital tools, processes and networks. To that end, an extended reality visualization conveys the complexity of the relationship between craft and digitality as expressed through historical and personal stories gathered from students and educators.

We have created an extended virtual reality visualization of historical and perceptual stories we have gathered from faculty and students of the post-secondary craft community in Canada. This Virtual Reality experience explores the synergies between craft and digital methodologies within Canadian post-secondary educational institutions.

In order to imagine the future of craft, we created a speculative topographic environment by trying to situate and interact with voices across specific locations in the country.

This is explored through narratives of the relationship with and to digital tools, processes, and networks. To that end, an extended reality visualization conveys the complexity of the relationship between craft and digitality as expressed through historical and personal stories gathered from students and educators. Blending craft, artistic research, and digital space, the immersive artistic project seeks to exceed the bounds of convention by communicating affect and sensation along with data while encouraging alternative hierarchies of knowledge acquisitions.

Craft Pedagogy in Precarious Times

Presented at the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial (IOTA) by Dr. Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson | OCAD University Canada.

Craft pedagogy faces challenges such as tight educational budgets, productivity metrics, and the devaluing of manual labour. With the advent of an international pandemic and distance teaching, makers have been catapulted into digital immersion and virtuality. This development has lent further urgency to this project, “Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn.”

By offering up insights from across Canada, through research findings and data captured from surveys of faculty, students and technicians at post-secondary institutions, we look in-depth at aspects of precariousness and precarity, specifically Downloading Risk and Responsibility from institutions onto individuals; Loss and Opportunity within digital ubiquity; the issue of Shiny New Toys destabilizing traditional craft practices; and the Seismic Shift Online as a response to the threat of the pandemic.

Lynne Heller, Dorie Millerson

A series of ten posters were created for the pilot research project Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge. The image is based on the suffragette banner, Standing Together…, by the National Women’s Party, 1913-1920, as photographed in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum, 2016 by Alex Kittle. These posters are an example of the team exploring the conventions and practicalities of a historical means of visualizing feminist voice and imagery. The images were digitally collaged, printed out in black and white and then hand coloured using pastel chalk.
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Lynne Heller, Dorie Millerson

Integral to our research is the production of a visual representation of our enquiry through a Research Wall which will be documented on an ongoing basis for inclusion in our articles and presentations. This is a space where visual material, images, symbols and artefacts will be assembled. This visualization is critical to developing an understanding of the accumulated data and will facilitate a creative interpretation of the findings. The manifestations of the Research Wall will be a traveling exhibition.
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