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Ignored Technology

Event Label
Summer school
Organisational Units
Art and Architecture

A Gestured and Spoken Knowledge Exchange Format. This is a week-long cross border collaboration between the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna - AKBILD and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague - UMPRUM for 30 students, (15 from AKBILD and 15 from UMPRUM). 

While exchanging ideas, participants will be introduced to the transformation of materials into lines or yarns and further into networks, meshes and communal works. This format explores the potential that skills normally attributed to women have, to transform technology into a regenerative practice. It revives an ancient powerful method of knowledge exchange where women sat together, ostensibly to work with yarn and, in these rare moments of communion free of male control, carved out spaces of independent thought. The 17th century Czech philosopher, Comenius, one of the earliest champions of universal education, said that the beginning of knowledge is in the gesture.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered for students moving to the respective cross border partner. In Vienna this new format takes place at the Schillerplatz and the Zukunftshof In Prague it takes place at the UMPRUM.

Dates 19-23 September 2022 – In Prague 19-21/ Vienna 22-23 September, Finishing on the evening of Friday 23rd of September with a public event. For more details see Schedule overleaf and the website Please register your Interest before the 15th of September.

Ignored Technology Schedule 19- 23 September 2022

Literature: in pdf online under course description

Marcal, Katrine: Mother of Invention - How Good Ideas Get Ignored In a World Built for Men
Graeber, David: Bullshit Jobs: A Theory
Le Guin, Ursula: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Harraway, Donna: Speculative Fabulation and String Figures 

19. September in Prague at the UMPRUM,

11.30 Arrival in Prague for AKBILD Students, – check in to accommodation 12:30 Introduction with Adam Hudec and Veronika Miškovičová
13:30 Workshop given by representatives of Centre for Traditional Technologies, Pribor (CTTP)
19:00 Discussion with drinks and Snacks on the days knowledge exchange

20.  September in Prague at the UMPRUM

09:30 Engaging in Ignored Technologies using devices and materials provided by the CCTP – Processing of organic materials, yarn making, transformation of yarns and lines – Reading and discussion of texts and works

21. September in Prague at the UMPRUM

09:30 Engaging in ignored technologies – continued
18:00 Knowledge exchange with Michelle Howard

22. September in Vienna at the AKBILD

07:53–12:49 Train to Vienna for all participants; UMPRUM Students Check-in to accommodation
15:00 Gestured and Spoken Knowledge Exchange with Michelle Howard

23. September in Vienna the Zukunftshof

10:00 Gestured and Spoken Knowledge Exchange with Eva Sommeregger
13:30 Foraging for Lunch with Michalina Zadykowicz “wild kitchen” cooking with foraged plants in clay ovens
15:00 Re_pair Symposium with Johannes Wiener – knowledge exchange with foraged grasses and herbs – weave and bake fresh bread together.
18:00 Closing knowledge exchange with Michelle Howard

24. September UMPRUM Students leave for Prague