Reading Responses (Week 5)

Sections Assigned

  • Crossing Disciplines and Modalities: A conversation with Margaret Wertheim
    Sculpture, Jan/Feb 2014, Vol 33 No. 1. p38-44

The concept of the crocheted community reef was particularly interesting. It reminds me of those knitting groups where communities of knitters come together over the internet and create multiple or one large work while at living in geographically diverse locations. It is particularly interesting to see how this a practice such as crocheting, which is often declassified from “art” to “craft,” can then be elevated again in both craftsmanship and context. Margaret Wertheim elaborates, “anyone can be taught to crochet in about 10 minutes, but the possibilities of how you can use it as a sculptural medium are amazing and endless.”

Wertheim evaluates the success of her project due to the variety of individuals brought together by the creation of the crocheted coral reef. When society silos people by their professions, what results are isolated microcosms where individuals exist in artificial boundaries. This project allows for people with like passions and curiosities to learn, create, and advocate together.

  • Liu, Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility, Part 2: The Practices, 41-186

*Skim through these 28 Practices and identify one or two that may be helpful to you as you develop your project. Share your thoughts in your Reading Response for the week.

Make Way for Awe: David McConville’s quote about the intentions of his GeoDome seem pretty spot on for my project. “We want you to feel like the universe is being re-enchanted.” I would like for my community arts-based project to allow families to develop play, whimsy, and appreciation for the natural world through their creative process. Exploring the natural world with creativity as a goal is an entirely new lens for many. This work is additionally important because it will hopefully increase conversations about stewardship, family history in natural spaces, and sustainable practices.

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