Using craft as a field of inquiry in contemporary environmental discourse: Case Venice

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This explorative paper examines one way in which the 57 craft practitioner’s disciplinary approach to materiality and object making can be applied to the contemporary environmental discourse. This is done by presenting the transdisciplinary project Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil. Artist-researchers in the area of ceramic art collaborated with soil contamination specialists to study the anthropogenic contamination of the Venice Lagoon. Using craft as a research tool also surfaced questions concerning the involvement in anthropocentric consumption of the natural materials and production of waste. As design, craft is rooted in making products for daily use. This inevitably links the practice of craft to utilising the earth’s resources as raw materials. In this project, craft was used as a way to reflect the past and dwell in the troubling present with soil. Engaging in the material making helped to create a holistic understanding of how humans are in flux with the environmental materiality.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventArt of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility - Aalto University, Otaniemi campus, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 3 Dec 20204 Dec 2020
Conference number: 7


ConferenceArt of Research Conference
Abbreviated titleAoR
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  • craft
  • enviroment
  • soil contamination
  • ceramic art


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