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 Object Things and Thinks
picture picture 16 Sep 2016 @ 21:30, by Heiner Benking

Last night was the vernissage on a VERY IMPORTANT topic in a unique and one of my favorate LOCATION: the MUSEUM OF THINGS: [link]
check this opening event last night: [link]

I think we have to be in touch with things, bodies and life ! and we have to look beyond the maze of the "digital" !
We should explore the possibilities of the "can" - but in view of the "ought".
Check Oezbekan here: [link] Often less, style, form and class is more beautiful, harmonious and useful ! and definitely less harmful.... Such issues are deep and central for me, so please come back !

Kücklehaus and senses and inteligences you find in many of my articles-so check for "spaces" and "senses".... and return.... maybe this on "senses, sensing and making Sennse is helpful: With Otto Schärli: [link]

I am struggling and rushing -but visit the website and the exhibition !

Object Lessons [link]
The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters

If you know how to fabricate a candle from fat or a pen from fishbone, you can survive in prison. If you know how blood reacts to lemon juice, you can remove stains. If you know why polylactide is more sustainable than polyethylene, you can change the world. Today, knowledge about materials, their origins and processing is valued and desired more than ever before. At the same time, such knowledge is specialized, concealed and expert-owned. How can it become available to everyone?

The exhibition recounts the story of learning with, about, and through materials in eight chapters: in science, at school, in commerce, craft, and at home, in novels and movies, in the archive and on the Internet. From tree books, slag gravel and shell silk to hares’ scuts, cork stoppers and cloud leather and from historical DIY books to a digital material archive, the exhibition shows that material literacy has always been relevant, why it was forgotten, and what it may look like in the future.

The focal point of the presentation is a book and a small box that contains over a hundred materials and objects, including minerals and shells, plaster, gold leaf, sugar and rice. The book describes exemplary dialogues, which encourage children to explore the materials in the box through looking, touching, smelling, and tasting them.

The exhibition takes the principle of Object Lessons as point of departure to tell the story of material education in 8 different chapters. Exhibits from public, private, digital, and physical collections offer an overview of the selected areas and contrast historical with contemporary approaches to material education.

Curated by Ann-Sophie Lehmann (University of Groningen) and Imke
 Volkers (Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge). The show is accompanied by lectures, educational activities, and an academic conference. In April 2017, it will travel to the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur [link], Switzerland.

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