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MAD WORLD with NODE : One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo

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One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo
Seminar: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Workshop: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art

Date and Time: Saturday December 12th, 2015 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(Yokohama, Japan) *Booking required

Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

AIT is pleased to host Berlin based curator and founder-Director of NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, Perla Montelongo for a one day workshop. As part of our new MAD World series which aims to connect international art professionals to Tokyo through English language lectures and workshops, Perla will lead a unique workshop exploring the nature and possibilities of artistic creativity and inspiration.

The workshop will be held at the exhibition of the "Nissan Art Award 2015: Exhibition of New Works by the 7 Finalists" in BankART, Yokohama, with Perla leading participants through the exhibition and art works as a basis for the workshop. The event will be aimed at an introductory level and held in English.

Date : Saturday December 12th, 2015
Time: 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0002) [MAP]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Lecturer: Perla Montelongo (Director of NODE)
Capacity:15 persons *Booking required
Admission: [Special Price] JPY4,500, Student/Base member JPY4,000
Other details: Admission includes a cup of tea and snacks
*The seminar and workshop will be in English only

[Curriculum Details]
13:00 - 14:00: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Modality: Seminar

What is the process that artists use prior to creating a work? Do artist think or see differently? Thinking divergently, questioning the everyday and using intuition are some common processes that artists consciously or unconsciously use as part of their creative activity. Can this way of thinking be applied to other disciplines and everyday life?

Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin created a two-month program that gathered a group of 7 'innovators' from fields of art, education, neuroscience, physics and psychology to create a tool to strengthen ways of thinking divergently based on the thinking processes of artists.

As a first stage, we began researching texts on creative thinking and perception, particularly from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. In addition, we interviewed artists in order to find out commonalities in how they think. We also made an open-call survey to see whether there was a difference in thinking between artists and non-artists.

From this first mapping, we found four key components of the way that artists think that could be useful in other fields, specifically in education:

- Seeing - using multiple perspectives and ways of seeing the world
- Feeling - using intuition and trusting the senses
- Detouring - using abstract, non-linear ways of thinking
- Doing - an impulse to do and build regardless of its use or logic

With these components in mind, we created rough prototypes that were designed to train them: an app, a workshop and an online platform for teachers that heightens intuition, lateral thinking and engages the senses. These prototypes were developed and refined during the program and are still in development while we gain feedback from the actual users and testers.
In this seminar we will share the results, weaknesses and working methodology of the Node Innovators' Program.

L:Design thinking workshop at Node Innovator's Program, 2015. Image courtesy of Sabine De Schutter.
R:Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

14:30 - 16:30: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art
Modality: workshop and fun!

A workshop on art interpretation aiming to discover possible uses of art and artworks. In this workshop we will immerse ourselves into a fictional future where no knowledge of art exists. In this fictional future, the "Institute for Terranautical Exploration" is in charge to discover what kind of purposes, uses or information do strange objects (artworks) carry with them.

The aim of the workshop is to put aside our preconceptions of art in order to analyze artworks from an unfamiliar and fresh perspective, discovering what kind of uses, purpose or information can art have besides the known ones.

'Game Design in Artistic Research', workshop by Viktor Bedö and Perla Montelongo.
Photo courtesy of Aalborg University

Send an email with its subject as "MAD WORLD with NODE" to mad@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ About Perla Montelongo ]

Perla is Director of Node Center for Curatorial Studies, her main focus is on designing alternative learning strategies from and for contemporary art. In 2010, she co-founded Node Center, establishing it as a place for teaching researching, and experimenting with subjects related to curatorial studies and contemporary art practices. Perla develops and defines Node Center's structure which has included the Collaborative Curatorial Residencies, Online Educational Platform and now the Innovators Program.