Festivals: M:ST 5 Biennial | October 8 - 22, 2010.
Nicole Burisch will moderate this panel, bringing together Craft Off artists to discuss the intersections of contemporary craft and performance art practices in light of their projects for the M:ST Festival. Several recent craft theorists have proposed considering craft not as a distinct class of objects, but rather as a methodology or a form of knowledge. This panel will interrogate what happens when this “craft knowledge” begins to infiltrate and inform other disciplines including performance, new media and installation practices. How is the vocabulary of craft making – including features of skill, repetition, handwork, decoration, tactility and notions of community/competition – being translated into other fields? How does the live performance of craftwork contribute to the understanding of these kinds of “craft knowledge?”