Tim Ingold

The Knowing Body

May 11 2016
Location: Van Eyck Academie, Academieplein 1, Maastricht
Time: 8 – 10 PM
English spoken
Tickets: regular 10 euro / students 5 euro. Book your tickets here

With Tim Ingold
Tim Ingold’s wide-ranging studies encourage us to re-appreciate alternative knowledge or, put differently, things our bodies know but we do not always act upon, such as acquired skills, sudden reflexes and marked intuition. With a focus on alternative ways to find knowledge, Ingold offers imaginative workshop tutorials that include weaving baskets and flying kites with students. Tim Ingold’s writings cover themes as far apart as humans and animals, sensing, education, skill, perception, making, materials and becoming. His most recent book, The Life of Lines, is a wonderful example of his achievements and a poetic narrative that interlaces bodies, minds, landscapes, topographies and perceptions through a correspondence of lines.

Tim Ingold has taught at the University of Helsinki, the University of Manchester and the University of Aberdeen, where he currently holds a chair in social anthropology and directs the Knowing From the Inside group. His work emphasizes embodied skills of perception and action within social and environmental contexts of human development. This has led him to examine the use of lines in culture and the relationship between anthropology, architecture, art and design. His works include Lines: A Brief History (2007), The Perception of the Environment (reissued in 2011), Being Alive (2011), Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture (2013) and The Life of Lines (2015). In collaboration with the Van Eyck Academy.

Training the Senses

We tend to think of knowledge as school-taught, language-based and to a large extent visually acquired – through reading, viewing and insight. Yet we also know that our bodies are reservoirs of other forms of knowledge acquired through a collaboration of multiple senses: hearing, taste, smell and touch. We use our hands and noses to select fruit at the market. We smell to find a suitable mate, listen to sense danger and intuit to gauge the insecurity of others. The senses also provide information we are not always aware of. We know that a cook uses his sense of smell and taste to determine the freshness and combination of ingredients. Much less obvious is that a physician needs to train her hands to feel her way to a diagnosis or that a ceramics expert needs to hone his hearing to authenticate a porcelain bowl. This Training the Senses series consist of presentations, workshops and even warm-ups focused on providing insight into these knowledge fields. They explore the ways we recognize and use our senses and, through training, also make sense of the world around us.

Training the Senses is part of Marres’ long-term program devoted to the Senses. The program consists of exhibitions, walks, workshops, and presentations in which Marres examines artistic practices, bodily reflexes, mental states, and conditions including hallucination, depression, anxiety, love, and remembrance.

Thanks to:
Maastricht University
Ike Kamphof
Joeri Bruyninckx
Anna Harris
Rob van Duyn
Arie van der Lugt
Emilie Sitzia
Annelies Jacobs