Shared Languages: Exhibition and Symposium Exploring the role of Craft in Built Environment of Morocco
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is hosting an exhibition and symposium as part of a partnership launched in 2017 with the Ministry for Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy of Morocco, La Maison de l’Artisan and Holmarcom. Crafting the City, the multi-year pilot program, focuses on the role of craft in the built environment of Morocco.
“Shared Languages: Works in progress from the studios Centre de Formation et Qualification des Métiers de l’Artisanat Al Batha, Fés (CFQMA) and RISD, Providence.”
The exhibition highlights work in process by artisans at the CQFMA in Fés and RISD students engaged in the pilot program. It focuses on the languages of making, materials and process shared by the artisans and art and design students, while also celebrating their diverse approaches to craft and design.
The exhibition is co-curated by Eduardo Benamor Duarte (faculty, RISD Interior Architecture), Gwen Farrelly (executive director, RISD Global) and Mark Moscone (director, Campus Exhibitions). Exhibit design and installation by Wesley Sanders (students, RISD Interior Architecture 19).
The exhibition officially opens on October 23 at 6.30pm at the RISD Fleet Library (15 Westminster Street, Providence, RI) and will on view until December 2018 (details on the Library opening times and access here.)
“Shared Languages: Crafting Cross Cultural Exchange” October 24th-25th, RISD Museum
Through the pilot program, participants are exploring the rich opportunities and challenges in creating platforms of exchange to bridge craft and design pedagogies. The two-day symposium Shared Languages: Crafting Cross Cultural Exchange will focus on platforms, programs and models established to create meaningful and reciprocal learning exchanges among art and design students, educators and artisans across the globe. Key themes explored through panels include: the transmission of craft and design knowledge across communities of makers towards innovation and sustainability of all disciplines; platforms to create cross-cultural learning and exchange across design and craft educations; preservation and sharing of craft traditions and knowledge; and the role of craft within the built environment.
The pilot program includes a five-week travel course in Morocco for students to study craft in relationship to the built environment in Fés, a full semester on-campus course focused on the intersections of patterns within craft and the built environment, a seminar on craft in the Islamic world, and a one-week residency for members of Morocco’s craft community to be held on RISD’s campus. Each aspect of the program engages the RISD community with the depth and richness of craft in Morocco today while also showcasing the value of craft know-how and the role of craft within the built environment. A core goal of the program is to foster cross-cultural learning and exchange across languages, socio-economic realities and geographies.
The Crafting Cross-Cultural Exchange symposium runs from October 24–25 at the RISD Museum. Click the registration buttons below to reserve a ticket.
DAY ONE: Wednesday October 24, RISD Museum auditorium, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI.
Panel One, 9:30am-12:15pm _ Transmission of Knowledges: Craft and Design Pedagogies.
The speakers on this panel will explore the transmission of knowledge across craft and design pedagogies through case studies that range from a school of architecture and an artisan center in Morocco, a RISD pilot program developed to explore these intersections, and a design library in Hangzhou, China dedicated to the preservation of craft and the transmission of craft know-how to design practices.
Panelists: Iman Benkirane, Director, l’EMADU of Université Euromediteranieene de Fés, Morocco; Ahmed Aboujaafar, Director, Centre de Formation et Qualification des Métiers de l’Artisanat Al Batha, Fés, Morocco; Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Faculty, RISD Interior Architecture; Zhang Lei, Founder, Yuhang Rong Design Library, Hangzhou, China.
Panel Two, 2:00-4:30pm _Methodologies for Collaboration: Crossing Craft, Design and Art.
This panel looks at the methodologies of collaboration inherent within craft practices and how these approaches develop as they engage design practices.
Panelists: Raul Cabra, Founder, Oax-i-fornia, Oaxaca, Mexico; Paolo Cardini, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, RISD; Maddalena Achenza, Assistant Professor, University of Cagliari, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture; Swasti Singh Ghai, Associate Senior Faculty, Discipline Lead, Textile Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India; Ezra Shales.
DAY TWO: Thursday, October 25, 2018. Repair and Design Futures Exhibition, 6th floor RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, Providence,
Panel Three, 10:30AM-1:00PM: Preservation and Dissemination, Craft Today.
The speakers on this panel will explore the modes of preservation and dissemination that can occur when design and craft practices, pedagogies, and collaborations occur. As with all panels, speakers will also look at the great opportunities and real challenges in this work.
Panelists: Marva Griffin Wilshire, Creator and Curator, Salone Satellite; Jang Youngsuk, Director, Arumjigi Foundation, Seoul, South Korea; Imane Bouchentouf, Architect, Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Morocco; Laura Briggs, Faculty, RISD Architecture; Jasper Chadprajong-Smith, faculty, RISD Apparel Design.
Please note: the most convenient way to enter the museum for the panel is through the Benefit Street entrance at 224 Benefit Street. Upon entering, turn right make your way to the gallery at the top of the staircase.
The start time for the panel on October 25 has changed to 10:30am rather than the time noted in the Art & Education announcement.
The pilot program and partnership and related exhibition and symposium are made possible through the generous support of Holmarcom and facilitated by Maison de l'Artisan.