How do people react to materials emotionally, and how has this changed over time?
Emotions, Transformations, Restorations will seek to address this question.
The project consists of a series of three workshops which will be held at The Institute of Making, University College London during 2014.
People respond when confronted with unfamiliar materials, when they see dramatic changes in physical forms, and when they seek to restore material states that they feel have been lost. This project explores the theme of the emotional history of materials in a series of three workshops entitled Emotions, Transformations, and Restorations (ETR).
Each workshop will use practical demonstrations with materials to encourage reflection on our emotional responses to materials and their properties, and how these responses might signal new historical questions.
ETR is the first part of a larger research project (currently in the planning stages), which will develop innovative approaches to making materials and making practices more central to historical inquiry.
We have chosen three workshop themes, Emotions, Transformations, and Restorations, which are intended as a means to transcend the disciplines and point to new ways of engaging with materials and history. Ideally they will move beyond disciplinary and even interdisciplinary research.
After each workshop, the research participants will blog about their experiences on this site and consider how these might shape their historical investigations.
The header image on this website is from Celia Pym, ‘Stop Looking like a sweater’, 2013