Feral ways of knowing and doing: tools and resources for transformational creative practice
Creative practices have a role in mediating and supporting concrete, meaningful actions towards sustainability transformations. With this in mind: What are the possibilities and limits of the tools and resources that contemporary creative practices are using to reconceive and redesign forms of interaction between different disciplines, audiences and cultures for sustainability transformations? This contribution presents preliminary findings from a transdisciplinary workshop where the participants were invited to share their experiences of designing or using “tools and resources for feral ways of knowing and transformation” within creative practice. While the concept of “feral” remained open to a wide range of different interpretations, participants used the term in two main ways: to foreground embodied, situated, bottom-up, ways of working with organic material and more-than-human issues that require relinquishing control, and; to refer to reappropriating existing tools and processes in ways and for purposes different to the original intentions. We look at the transformational possibilities of these feral tools and resources, and their feral uses in terms of 1) Enabling the shared imagining of sustainability transformations, 2) Proposing concrete actions toward sustainability transformations, and 3) Expanding meanings and feelings.
feral; creative practice; resources; transformation
Cristina Ampatzidou is Research Fellow at RMIT Europe for CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures). With a background in architecture and urbanism, her research and practice focus on the affordances of new media, particularly games, for sustainable urban futures. Born in Greece and (currently) based in the Netherlands, she co-founded Amateur Cities and has been alternating between academia and practice, having worked with the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and TU Delft, the Architecture Film Festival of Rotterdam and Play the City! Foundation.
Markéta Dolejšová is a design researcher working across the inter-related domains of eco-social sustainability and food system transitions. Her experimental design work explores more-than-human entanglements in the global food web, using food as a research object, a culturally diverse and sensory-rich design material, and a starting point for critical thinking. Born in the Czech Republic, she has roamed around various places and met many fantastic creatures with whom she co-initiated experimental design projects including Fermentation GutHub (Singapore), Uroboros (CZ/SK), HotKarot & OpenSauce (CZ) and Feeding Food Futures (int.). Currently, she serves as a postdoctoral research fellow at Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Finland), researching the transformative potential of creative art and design practice as part of the CreaTures project.
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is the Director of Care-full Design Lab at RMIT located in the Kulin Nation (Melbourne, Australia). She sees care and play as central to her research and practice and is almost-always-already interested in the periphery, feral, and plural. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and has been wandering across different parts of the world, as well as different fields of research and practice. She finds genuine pleasure in collaborating with other roaming creatures, and with some of them, founded FoodCHI (Food-Computer-Human-Interaction) as a SIGCHI Network and a field of research, and nurtured the growth of the QUT Urban Informatics Research Lab. She is currently an Associate Professor in School of Design who leads RMIT in the EU Horizon 2020 project, CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures (2020 – 2022).
Andrea Botero is a Colombian born, Finland based designer and researcher at the school of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University. Her work engages with the possibilities and contradictions of participating in the creation of environments, tools and media that afford more relational and caring interactions among, and between people and their environment. Through her research she aims to contribute insights on how collectives come to understand their available design spaces; with an interest in supporting infrastructuring processes that surround them.