Jiayi Young: Shoptalk – Field Tools for Peace
Shoptalk: Field Tools for Peace calls to the festival participants and the local community of San Jose, to bring and make items, artifacts, and tools that activate actions for Peace. This workshop explores methods for community problem solving including the creative acts of listening, shared narratives, object making, and collective/shared visioning of possible futures. The workshop looks beyond solo authorship towards collaborative making, including: identifying new objects and methods for peace and protest; engaging digital communities for new forms of participation; creating practices of identity and obfuscation in precarious situations; and creatively exploring practical and theoretical relationships with peace. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to collaborate and build their own tool submissions for the Field Tools for Peace online exhibition and gallery at fieldtools4peace.com, and explore new approaches to engage participants to practice methods of thinking and making to promote social resiliency, art for social change, and participatory action for peace. Workshop leaders will start with short presentations about community arts practices and case study overviews. Workshop participants will then have the opportunity to introduce themselves, tell their personal and/or community stories, then brainstorm topics and mediums to prototype projects through collaborative problem solving and rapid prototyping methods. Free Workshop Registration.
Jiayi Young is Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA); Hall of Science, New York; the United Nations Fourth Conference on Women, Beijing, China; the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, Germany. Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis. Sara Dean is Assistant Professor of Graduate Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Glenda Drew is Professor of Design at UC Davis.