Made or Grown
Much Ado About Agency
Materials shape what you can do
The form expresses the things from what it has been made from
To draw – Hard surface, certain pen, light and gravity
To what extent dothe things we make express the context and environment in which theyare made?
Are things made by human practitioners or grown amidst tensions and resistence between things?
Illusion of plans and step by step instructions and other forms of creation (habit) hides layers of complexity
Flat-pack houses) Ikea style
We are taught by step by step processes but know we cannot build everything in this manner
Instructions are not always as simple as they seem
Intelectual and Theoretical Concepts
Put into action pre-conceived plan
Create and object
See Making a Project (Ingold 2013, p.20)
Ingold says it hides the work of materials
Hyleomorphism – theory of creativity
Bringing together matter to create form
(Aristotle, Metamorphosis 1029a8)
Formal Cause – efficient cause – material cause – the statue
We can trace backthe genisis of the form to the practitioner
If you accept Aristotle’s theory you would come up with this consideration
Who did the work?
Agency is the capacity of the the agent to act in the world
Human-being, or soul in religion
someone who has a consciousness or a will
Materials are not really dead, they have grains and resistence
Properties and Forces that bend in space
A magnet is a good example as it bends space and time
Are they not alive and active in the world?
Temporatities – drystone brick walls
Other forces make and change the world can move the wall and need repair
Shifting of position of wall overtime , the weather, earth movement and plant life can dislodge the stones
an agent can be any element that bends space around itself and makes other elements depend upon itself and translateits own will into its own (Callen and Latour 1981. p.286)
the capacity for materials to act
He questions an agency
It is not a propery but the emergent product of the invisible tension of the activity
A pot – brain, body, wheel and clay
the interactions of the stages – a system of things
Agency as an emergent property
the things make an extension of the agent or the agent becomes the control of the agent
The things we make emerge between things
Making is Growth (Ingold. 2013. p.21)
The maker intervenese with daily processes, a world that is always in existence
Even if the maker has a form in mind it is not the form that creates the work, it is the emergement with the materials
How formarises through movement and about dynamic properties of materials
Weather conditions canchange dynamicswhen making a basket on the beach
A dance of agency
Resistence and response to materials
Can we say that what we do always come fully formed prior to the actvity of doing it?
What become of the notions of design or making when we’re thinking this way?
What does the study of design and made artefacts in this way tell us aboutthe process of creativity?
The folk music Martyn Woodward played was relaxing and quite chirpy. The task was to play around with the materials given to us whilst listening to the music clip that was about 7 minutes long. I became quite absent minded about 2 or 3 minutes into the music and just started to roll the plastercine around in my hands. The notion of doing this reminded me about my cats’ fur and how the material felt soft like I stroking their fur.
After this exercise, we were given another task that related to materials. We had to highlight what we thought were the most important aspects of this piece of writing that spoke about students going to the beach to learn how to weave baskets.