Rotational

Code
63002333
Total Hours
42
Credits
4
Semester A
Course Day
Thursday
Time 9:30 - 12:30

Course synopsis: The course will focus on the idea of Rotational within the context of contemporary craft. Rotation comes into play in various ways when contemplating the relevance and possibilities proposed by Making today. To begin with, it must be pointed out that rotational movement has been integral to craft technologies for centuries; wood and marble turning, drilling, centrifugal precious-metals casting, yarn-spinning, pottery throwing and so forth. Contemporary attitudes at times manipulate these traditional making technologies, replacing materials, upgrading driving forces, rethinking outcomes and integrating digital tools in the process. The rotational experience for people is also associated with alternative states of consciousness often brought-on during the manual tactile action of making things, as well connected to spiritual and even religious well-being. Repetitive actions taken while crafting an object create a meditative state, some craftspersons describe being in what they are making. At the same time religious beliefs drive pilgrims rotationally around the Kaaba in Mecca or around mt. Kailash in Tibet, Sufi Dervishes whirl, Jews spin Dreidels - and celebrate the “hag” (Heb: holiday/circumvent) and Budhist monks turn prayer wheels. The passing-down of a craft tradition, like our measurement of time, is rotational with mother being replaced by daughter, being replaced by mother…while craft, like time, changes as it travels. In what way does big data, digital fabrication and AI, touch craft as it comes around again? How is craft passed-on in an age of social media, accelerated multi-layered communication and information transfer? A discussion of rotational will inevitably also include an identification of the axis around which rotation occurs, whether mechanical or conceptual, a relationship will have been established. Or as any ceramicist will tell you when you sit by the potters-wheel for the first time: “find your center!”.