W5: Past, Present and Future Stories – On Weaving Fragments

27 Oct 2018
13:30 - 16:30
Building 2, Room C301

W5: Past, Present and Future Stories – On Weaving Fragments

Time: 13:30 – 16:30

Location: ISCTE, Building 2, Room C301


Aim of the workshop

  • to investigate the nature of story-listening and story-making; the focus will be in the chorality of stories
  • to explore alternative ways of creating, collaborating and telling stories

What will be going on in the workshop

During the workshop, we will use “fragments” as a way to enter into a discussion about how narrative matters in design and anthropology and to ultimately reflect on the designers’ and anthropologists’ practice. At the beginning the sets of 10 “fragments” will be tagged and showcased on a table, so that all participants can look at them, and choose the set of fragments she/he will use as inspiration for creating a new story connecting the chosen fragments together.

Later on, the stories created (using any possible kind of media) will be “told”. Only after listening to all the new stories, we will open together the sealed envelopes placed on the table at the beginning, revealing the other stories related to the fragments and from whom they came from. This will lead to a dialogue between the poetics of the “owner” of the fragments and that of the participant who constructed the new story. A discussion will be made on the unexpressed potentialities brought to the surface in the two different stories generated from the same fragments. The meanings, values and political implications of both stories will be put into dialogue and become food for thought.

Gained skills

  • a time that we take out of our daily tasks to self-reflection on our practice; to share insights and ideas

Preparatory work

  • Each participant is asked to bring 10 “fragments” – objects, artefacts, pictures, examples of projects – collected in her/his journey as a designer and a story about them, closed in an envelope. They need to be collected from each participant’s journey (professional, personal, metaphorical, physical) and represent one’s own poetics, values, inspirations.
  • The story has to be short (max. 250 words, half a page). The story can be, for instance, about how those fragments have been found, about how they dialogue between each other, a collection of micro-stories of each fragment, etc.

Participants should bring:

Participants can come with their little bag of fragments and their stories, with a notebook, pencils, pens, video cameras, video-phones, computers,… anything they typically use when they sketch and design, and that they can use in order to create the new stories.