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Machine Wilderness

FoAM

13 - 14 Nov 2015, 10am - 4pm

FoAM Kernow, Cornwall

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13 - 14 Nov 2015
10am - 4pm

Where

FoAM Kernow
Jubilee Warehouse, Commercial Road
Penryn, Cornwall,  TR10 8FG
United Kingdom
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Machine Wilderness is a free workshop, open to all, crossing the arts-sciences boundaries and merging ecology and design. Investigating the relationship between human-made machines and the local environment, we will use design exercises and field explorations to prototype machines adapted to natural systems.

Machine Wilderness is a free workshop, open to all, crossing the arts-sciences boundaries and merging ecology and design.

Humans have changed animals, crops and landscapes to fit with industry. We've designed machines and technology to efficiently harvest our landscapes. What would a machine look like that feeds a landscape? That is not efficient, but subtle, or graceful? Machine Wilderness asks if we can adapt our tools to living landscapes; play by their rules. Can we design technology in terms of organisms and living processes?

Investigating the relationship between human-made machines and the local environment, we will use design exercises and field explorations to prototype machines adapted to natural systems.

This workshop is funded by the FEAST programme (Arts Council England in partnership with Cornwall Council) and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie (Crossovers).

note: Machine Wilderness was the theme given by Andrea Polli to the wonderful ISEA 2012 symposium, and originates from writings of cultural geographer Ron Horvath in the 1960s. It is used here with full respect for that context.

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