matt lambert 25% PhD seminar

Date and time
24 January 2022 at 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan

Unarmed 3 from SPIT in collaboration with Carl Olof Berg, image credit Jennifer Drotz Ruhn.

Working Title: "Queer Cartography: Wanderings, Constellations, and Mappings with Craft"

Respondent: Maja Gunn

Collaborative excersize: Cara Tolmie

Language: English

Ph-D advisors: Matt Smith & Ellen Røed

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Department of Crafts

Craft when approached as a lens to view the wider world requires a discussion of the body or the hand. This research will enact a series of investigative exercises that incorporate: collaboration, dialogue and assemblages as forms of movement. The investigations will map how craft in relation to queerness can create space to enrich conversations around possibility and equity around narrative.

This mapping will consider how institutions and their parts can be reconfigured for more equitable discourses and how craft can be used/entangled in creating cross–field collaboration, curatorial investigations, and alternative pedagogical models that often question ideas around mastery, tradition, and authorship. Craft knowledge enables us to unpick objects to see bodies and participate in constructing systems of empathy while complexifying narratives.

Discussant information:
Maja Gunn is professor of Craft, artist, designer, curator, researcher and writer. She holds a PhD in design with specialization fashion design. She started working as a professor at HDK-Valand in 2017. In 2022 she will become professor at Konstfack.

Maja Gunn's research investigates from an artistic perspective body and performativity (mainly in relation to textiles); art and design functions to create social and societal change; as well as the development of artistic methods and their uses. Queer feminist theory and norm-critical perspectives have characterized several of her research projects.

matt lambert is a non-binary, trans, multidisciplinary collaborator and co-conspirator working towards equity, inclusion, and reparation. They are a founder and facilitator of The Fulcrum Project and currently are a doctoral candidate in craft atKonstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. They hold a MA in Critical Craft Studies from Warren Wilson College and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

lambert collaborates with multi-media artists of a vast array of disciplines to reconfigure the current cultural systems of queerness and body politic while challenging the boundaries of craft. By unpacking the witnessing of toxic intimacies and the embedded systems of oppression rooted into the geological strata of culture and land lambert is interested in ways to disrupt and subvert these mechanisms through a chimerical practice of making, collaborating, writing and curating to create systems for platform building and methodologies to talk with and not at in regards to the othered body.

Collaborative excersize:
Cara Tolmie works from within the intersections of performance-making, experimental music and the moving image. Her works have been performed and exhibited widely at art galleries, music festivals, biennials, conferences and in the public space both as solo presentations and collaborative projects.

The practice at large centres itself upon the voice, the body and the complex ties between the two. All at once subjective as well as socially determined, she explores voice and body as two codependent entities able to confirm as well as contradict one another. Within this there is keen attention paid to the role of listening, both as a practice witnessed by the onlooker and a relationship between the performer and audience member.

Cara is currently a doctoral candidate in Critical Sonic Practice at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, conducting artistic research project Listening to the Displaced Vocal Body. This research looks to performative, vocal and choreographic methods that seek to disturb the continuity between a voice and the body which produces that voice asking questions such as: In what ways might these practices explore a politics of listening? How might these re-organised approaches to listening encourage us to listen together through new value systems?