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New thesis focuses on the role of Craft in today's postindustrial world

News: Oct 28, 2019

Craft can be both a connector and a method for noticing and problematising complex global production and economic issues in today’s postindustrial society. In his thesis, Nicolas Cheng, is trying to understand how. Don’t miss his disputation in Craft on November 8th at HDK.

What, in your own words, are your thesis about?
– The thesis considers craft’s role and potential in a world that is entangled, globalised, and disrupted by human-caused phenomena. The propositions discussed in the thesis emerge from an acute awareness of the impact of postindustrial society and of modern digital and communication technologies on craft-based disciplines, and a sense of urgency and response-ability regarding the challenges posed by the Anthropocene.

How come you decided on this subject?
– Today, because of the undeniable exigency of sustainability, how and where craft is learned, made, discussed, and passed on is being renegotiated. I see an urgent need for makers to better understand the context of their materials, processes, their impact and significance to other people, communities, species and natural environments.

What are your results?
– Beside the tangible objects and works that I have developed in the process of experimenting and making, I have become more aware of and responsive to the agency of others, and have expanded my own understanding of my practice in relation to the making process: what making can be and what it does, when the result is not necessarily a tangible object, but is rather an open-ended process of caring, communicating with and responding to others.

Read more about the disputation: World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing

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