Material Fabulations


This workshop investigates how the materials we work with carry complex histories, and how the objects we make with them are in constant flux as active elements in our social landscape - integrated in social, political, and economical networks of people, materials and things. Starting thus from the notion of materials’ and objects’ agency, participants will explore how, as makers, we can use our work (jewellery, crafted objects and more) to analyse our surroundings, to recall histories and narratives, and to critically probe possible futures or suggest alternatives to the status quo.

Course content

The workshop themes will be built on through a series of short assignments, providing opportunity for hands-on and reflective investigation of everyday materials, their often conflict-ridden histories and embedded concepts, and their potential for 'fabulation' and speculation.

Ideal for

This course is suited to participants with experience in visual arts and those exploring how to expand and take their practice further.

Important Information

Conversation Piece will give a keynote presentation at international conference Making OUT, 25-27 August, National Gallery of Victoria –

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Through making, individual tutoring, group discussion and a final presentation, participants will: - sound out processes of extracting knowledge from found materials and things; - surface narratives and tell stories through material investigations; - work with “material fabulations” as a suggestion of possibilities or as tools to raise questions about how we live with things and with one an other.

Materials supplied


Materials to bring

Camera, sketching materials and basic hand tools (for 2D and 3D sketching/try-outs)


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes


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