BIOGRAPHIES | CURATORS AND ARTISTS
This workshop will explore the research that Carmichael used in the creation of No.01 1 Chant to Them, including: a history of IBM, cybernetics, incorporation, voice and voice as interface, and the relationship between interface and control. With these ideas, which relate to the workshop on Code Poetry that took place during ccthenr’s last project in London last November, we will use singing and song writing as a way to understand coding languages.
We can start to take control of the technologies that we use everyday by learning to understand the – without being experts. And this understanding can stem from a wide variety of interests that extend beyond the screen – singing is just one possibility.
Joshua Bilton in collaboration with Janneke Van Leeuwen presents a workshop based on research by the cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen. Led by Van Leeuwen, and with contributing artists, participants are invited to discuss the works in Hello World! through Housenís established Visual Thinking Strategies, which are intended to create open discussion.
The impulse is to explore how the group collectively makes meaning, and how aesthetic engagement with works of art can be enlivened and deepened through structured questions posed to the group such as “what is going on here”, “what do you see that makes you say that”, and “what more can you find”. The first of these questions invites an intuitive and therefore relatively effortless response that is directly inspired by what one sees, rather than informed by any theoretical framework. In other words, there is no wrong or right way to begin looking.
These questions will open up dialogues with each artist’s work, and in turn with the curatorial project ‘Hello World!’ that brings them together.
 Aesthetic Thought, Critical Thinking and Transfer, Abigail C. Housen, Visual Understanding in Education, p101
Join us for a practical workshop to carve your own representation of a historical figure from the golden age of piracy using fruits and vegetables. We will discuss the evolution and romantic overtones of the cultural image of the pirate, and the socio-political relationship of piracy to globalisation. Drawing notably on a ccthenr workshop in November last year hosted by Somalee, a Thai master carver, the workshop will bring techniques and histories of craftsmanship and carving into contact with the context of contemporary art.