To learn from various perspectives about the mechanisms of form-giving processes.
To explore the different transitions between ideas and things.
The concept of trans-making is borrowed from a French mathematician, philosopher and psycho-analyst, Daniel Sibony, in his book Entre-deux: “Between saying and doing, there is a gesture that manifests a desire” and this gesture is translated into a “doing” or a “making” through a specific process: a transfer/trans-faire (which we imperfectly translate in “trans-making” in English).
The idea of trans-making positions the creative act of doing or making as a practice - a praxis - which can literally transform ourselves and the world, thanks to an extraordinary active mechanism of in-betweenness (or transfer) which is self-generated. Consequently, it questions the position and boundaries of the designer/creator/artist/maker/inventor/scientist’s action. It also relates to the concept of performativity as defined by one of the founders of Performance Studies, Richard Schechner, who assumes that any reality, any object can be envisioned as performance, acknowledging the performative potential of an action, an event or an object “in daily behavior, in the professions, on the internet and media, in the arts and in language”.
From ordinary gestures and forms, to formidable projects; from natural models to manufactured engineering, or from matter to materials, we will investigate the logics and techniques of production used by human beings to create and to make. We will pay attention to mental processes including non-rational ones like intuition, or non-linear ones like imagination and follow their transformation paths from ideas, feelings or images to concretized realizations, including hesitation and failure, with famous or less famous figures and examples from the different fields of production: industrial, craft, design, architecture, engineering, medical, art, scientific, cultural, literature, laws, tools, performative arts, etc.
We will use texts by Plato, Bachelard, Pareyson, De Certeau, Simondon, Ingold, Dewey, Deleuze & Guattari, analyze various examples of artefacts, processes, inventions, works of art and design, films, and invite some practitioners to present their work and/or their practices of conception. Students will be invited to present a trans-maker, a trans-making process or a trans-made thing of their choice.