• Facing Nature by Madeline Schwartzman 

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    Posted: 16 September 2019

    Workshop led by Madeline Schwartzman (See Yourself Sensing)

    Create sensorial wearables to re-connect with nature 

    We spend most of our time indoors, staring at digital leaves and animals on our screens, aware and enraged by climate change, not realising how distant from real nature we have become. What senses can we develop to re-connect with our surroundings? What can we learn from nature's modus operandi? 

    Location: Natlab / Baltan Basement
    Date: 19/10 + 20/10
    Time: 10:00 – 18:00 + 10:00 – 15:30
    Tickets: €17,50 (student price €12,50)

    Facing Nature is a critical making workshop led by Madeline Schwartzman, known from the book See Yourself Sensing. By crafting speculative wearables, participants will explore ways to re-connect with nature. In this two-day workshop you will craft your own nature interfaces, through speculative wearables and facial prosthetics. These will focus above all on the head, creating interstitial structures that connect the morphology of the face with the forms of nature. 

    The 2-day workshop will be followed by the Sensorium Talks with Madeline Schwartzman, Sophia Bulgakova and Klara Ravat. They will each discuss how their projects interrogate the blurring borders between the synthetic and organic, the real and the virtual, the human and machine, sense and perception.

    Bring your own nature!

    You can bring anything from branches to berries, from soil to leaves, from bark to pines, moss, dried flowers, artichokes, branches, even house plants, dried or live. For the face-pieces you will try to work with the morphology of the particular found nature so you should have a certain interest or fascination to your foraged material and findings.

    About Madeline Schwartzman

    The workshop will be led by Madeline Schwartzman, a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and experimental video making. Her book  See Yourself Sensing (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011) collects the work of artists, interaction designers, architects and scientists who speculate on the future of the human sensorium through wearables, devices, headgear and installations. Her new book See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded, was recently published by Black Dog Press and explores the future of the human head.

    Homo Sensorium

    Facing Nature is part of the Homo Sensorium program during Dutch Design Week in Natlab. With a mix of experiments, workshops, talks, dinners, performances, guided tours, a brainwave wedding lab and films, Homo Sensorium investigates the future of our technologically mediated body. By focusing on sensory perception, we get closer to the essence of what it means to be human.

    The program is a collaboration initiated by Baltan Laboratories with Broet and Natlab. Homo Sensorium at DDW is part of a multi-year trajectory developed by Baltan Laboratories and kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and Provincie Noord-Brabant. 

    Full Homo Sensorium program


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