On work and words: on craft as a way of telling

Thursday 2 November 2017, 18.30-19.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Discussions of craft skills often emphasise their embodied character, and the difficulty that practitioners allegedly have in putting them into words.

In this lecture, Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen, will take apart the academic distinction between embodiment and verbalisation. He will argue that craft skills are better described as animate: far from having been sedimented into the body, they are continually generated and enacted in an attentive and kinaesthetic correspondence with tools, materials and environment. He will show that words are animate too, especially as they are voiced in the performance of song and story. The craftsman tells with works, as does the poet with words, at once in the recollection of what has been and in anticipation of what is to come.

Registration for pre-booked guests will open at 18.00. There will be a reception in the foyer following the lecture at 19.30.

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On work and words: on craft as a way of telling

Thursday 2 November 2017

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