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Call for Submissions: IOTA24 Conference

Come, present your ideas for discussion at IOTA24 at the Futuring Craft conference about The Value of Craft.

The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial is pleased to call for submissions to the international conference Futuring Craft 24: The Value of Craft. The conference is part of the 2024 Triennial (IOTA24) and extends its theme Codes in Parallel, which contemplates the various languages inherent in contemporary crafts.

FUTURING CRAFT 24: THE VALUE OF CRAFT
3–6 SEPTEMBER 2024
AT CURTIN UNIVERSITY, PERTH

Futuring Craft 24 will provide a platform for vigorous debate on the challenges confronting the craft sectors in the Indian Ocean region and beyondand the opportunities arising, raising major questions:

  • What is the future of craft practice in the Indian Ocean Region?
  • How does the evolution of the handmade underpin micro and macro economies?
  • What role do crafts and makers play in socio-political, cultural and environmental healing?
  • How can communities challenge the craft paradigm?
  • Technology and the digital age, a game changer?

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WHAT IS THE VALUE OF CRAFT IN THE BIG PICTURE?
In the progress narrative, human capacity is advanced by the invention of technologies that overcome our bodily limits. By contrast with this linear development, making things by hand is seen as backward. The challenge for those in the crafts is to demonstrate the wide range of ways in which it is still relevant, even vital, today. Craft can have practical benefits, such as personal wellbeing, aesthetic capacity to make our world beautiful, and ethical uses that support marginalised peoples. What is the thread that links all the values of craft together?

A crowd of seated people with their backs to us in a theatre setting (WA Maritime Museum). In front of them a speaker at a podium. To his left is a large window and a screen with an image hanging from the ceiling.
Pull up banners for IOTA21 and Lotterywest are also featured on both sides.
Nathaniel Belcher, IOTA21 Conference, WA Maritime Museum, 17 Sep 2021. Photo: Christophe Canato

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • FUTURING CRAFT 24 is presented in partnership with the School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University.

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