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Friends with Benefits (part of Doing Together 2023)

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posted on 2023-11-01, 16:46 authored by Conor WilsonConor Wilson, Simone HesselbergSimone Hesselberg

Friends with Benefits

Workshop with Simone Hesselberg as part of doing together 2023

Monday 3 April 2023

doing together is a yearly two-day making and sharing practice symposium at Locksbrook Campus, hosted by Bath Spa University’s Centre of Cultural and Creative Industries and Art Research Centre. Workshops, delivered by staff and PGR students from across the University, share practice-based research methods and a broad range of approaches to practice. doing together is proposed as a generous space to make/do/share and discuss practice with colleagues from a range of different Schools. Throughout the symposium, facilitators - alongside participants - test out ways of doing together in an effort to make their practice-based research explicit, rather than simply describe it.

When we think of structures, we might think of houses, monuments, cityscapes, schedules, organisations and institutions. In any given instance, a structure is something that has been built through the arrangement or organisation of parts in a system, which ultimately support a purpose. But what does it mean to build a structure? What parts make up a structure and how does it function? Who does it benefit? Where do you even start?

This workshop explored support structures, and the tools needed to support and be supported. We speed dated, did team building and collaborated to visualise a structure that provides stability and strength to help transfer some of the weight that builds up when doing things alone...

How might collaboration, co-mentoring, friendship and knowledge exchange be used as tools to build a structure that bolsters our individual and collective practices?

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