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Tools to make tools

Conference contribution
Authors Gustav Thane
Published in Parse Conference
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Links https://parsejournal.com/event/huma...
Keywords Blacksmith, tools, handmade, nature, stone tools, body, calibration, materials
Subject categories Arts

Abstract

Abstract - Tools to make tools As a researching blacksmith, I look into the relationship between a human body, materials, and the tools allowing such a relation. A body is never more like a machine than when engaging in a craft, the monotone rhythm of repetition allow efficiency in production. Internalizing techniques to manipulate a physical material contains an aspect of attunement to that material. This is sometimes described as a negotiation with materials, a material response, or the inner logics of a material. The tools used, do not only shape the materials but together with them also their user. This attunement of a body have been suggested but not elaborated in relation to tools within artistic research. In my ongoing research, I make blacksmith tools; start with the tools given by nature, my own hands, stones and sticks, and then use the tools to make other tools, use those to make others etc. in four generations. I record the work on video to analyze patterns of movement and compare the different generations and the tools made. Working with the ambition to produce the same patterns of objects as I have been doing professionally for ten years, using less optimal tools, there is likely to be a tension between my internalized knowing and the work at hand. I might achieve the same results as otherwise, but doing so would demand a slightly adapted pattern of movement and design. My patterns of movement will likely adapt to material circumstances. Disseminating how my body adapt to evolving material circumstances contribute to the debate of bodily attunement with physical materials and tools.

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