june 2018

21jun15:4018:10Workshop: Simon Charter & Philip Kilner15:40 - 18:10 F: Other location requires booking: YES

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Engaging with Formative Fluidity

This workshop gives participants the opportunity  to explore the dynamic forming ability of flowing water. We will engage with water flow in many simple experimental arrangements using water channels, tall jars and other transparent containers and troughs. We will introduce inks and glimmer for  safe and playful interaction revealing water’s formative fluidity-it’s morphodynamics . We aim to engender fascination, a questioning attitude and the confidence for further experimentation – at kitchen sink, in garden shed, in studio, in classroom and in nature. Why does this matter? Such activity matters because normally theoretically-based and analytical science fails to foster either fluency of thinking or wonder– essential aspects of meaningful appreciation of natural environments and organic life, whereas a phenomenological approach can stimulate us as researchers and artists, at times enabling us to get closer to the inherent nature of things .

Facilitated by Simon Charter and Philip Kilner


We – Simon Charter, Nigel Wells and Philip Kilner – learned from and collaborated with the late John Wilkes (1930-2011), based at Emerson College in E Sussex, UK. He was the artist-scientist who developed Flowforms. These are sculpted surfaces that guide streaming water into vortical and rhythmically fluctuating patterns of flow. John Wilkes had himself collaborated with Theodor Schwenk, the author of “Sensitive Chaos”. We have each adopted, developed and applied in different fields (including sculpted flow installations, landscaping, effluent water management, agriculture, education and cardiovascular research) the methods of inquiry and practical engagement conveyed to us by these creative pioneers.



(Thursday) 15:40 - 18:10


F: Other location

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN

requires booking