My practice is dedicated to creating artistic workshops and designing activity books and mobile apps used as educational tools. Within my pedagogical undertakings, I often try to translate encountered knowledge into artistic experience by repositioning words and images and examining them in different contexts, to support abstract and poetical thinking. Contexts, that I am working with are related to our relationships with animals, ecological thinking, or a deeper understanding of care systems.
While working on art workshops, I focus on creating an environment conducive to better understanding operating pedagogies that are situated in art processes, like discovering new emotional spaces or raising new inquiries through images. By proposing creative exercises of drawing, writing, designing, telling stories or performing, I intend to provide space for self-expression, as well as for collective thinking. I often invite participants to use metaphorical and symbolic thinking, to explore familiar ideas from different perspectives, as in the ‘pipes workshop’, where we tried to approach pipes with emotional engagement asking if pipes can be charming, suspicious, or seductive.
Within the workshop scenarios, I aim to determine the kinds of imagination collective learning strategies may support, for example by asking participants to draw a numbat, knowing they are not very familiar with Australian fauna. This exercise can enable playful and humorous drawing solutions and is an interesting starting point for the discussion about environments.
I constantly try to rethink my role as a workshop organizer and ask how to be a good mediator between humans and ideas, how to experiment with this position, when to stand out and when to merge with other participants and their processes. I also reflect on the workshop scheme and think about how to apply a more performative approach to the workshop scenario, by dismantling the workshop setting and applying alternative structures.