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Flex, Flux, Fly

News, 25 November 2020

Flex, Flux, Fly


Flex, Flux, Fly, our Education Working Group discussions are on Wednesday 2nd December (join us for any of all of the three sessions). This follows on from our recent, inspiring Regional Heart: East Midlands events exploring Access & Inclusive Aesthetics and New Collaborations with Red Earth, Spark Children’s Arts and the Mixed Reality Lab from the University of Nottingham and Sustainable Design Practices, themes which will undoubtedly inform this conversation. Students, educators and those of you with an interest in these subjects are all welcome.

Flex, Flux, Fly
Wednesday 2nd December
11.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.00, 16.30 – 18.30
Tickets here

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
– Nelson Mandela, 1990.

SBTD invites you to join us free, via Eventbrite, for any or all of the three 2-hour sessions at a Symposium day on the 2nd December, facilitated by Nadia Malik and other members of the SBTD Committee.

Should you book a place, a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event with details of how to join

Hosted virtually by the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) and SBTD, this open forum will touch on some of the pressing issues in Performance Design Education today. No speakers, just provocations, guided discussions and ‘what ifs’. Performance practitioners / educators / students welcome to any and all timeslots through the day.Performance practice is morphing into a new realm where creative boundaries are porous: practitioners will be able to harness the power of physical proximity and the reach of remote practice in symbiosis. Now is the moment to be to be curious about and playful with the full range of tools and opportunities available to us, to learn to speak the language of other disciplines and to take risks. As we move forward, graduates with graduates with expanded perspectives will pioneer fresh forms of storytelling. Through the continuous exchange of industry and education, young practitioners will invent new practices for a future industry that embraces and celebrates the diversity of performance design and making into the future.

Flex: embedding emerging technologies

  • what technologies do we use / choose?
  • what tech support / tech infrastructures do we need?
  • how can we re-educate / re-skill ourselves as tech-savvy educators?

Flux: remodelling the landscape

  • what might performance-relevant HE structures and departments look like?
  • what can we learn from Performance Design Education around the world?
  • how can we harness knowledge exchange between students and practitioners?

Fly: imagining the future

  • what jobs don’t exist yet in performance design and making?
  • what soft and hard skills will graduates need for these future practices?
  • what if…

We very much look forward to seeing you there!

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