International Symposium, HAWK, Hildesheim, 21 of June 2024
Embodied knowledge refers to the tacit understanding that resides within the body, which allows us to perform and refine tasks without having to consciously consider every step of such action. In the realm of complex artworks, which often contain technology-based or performative components, this knowledge is anchored within the artist’s vision, developed and fine-tuned throughout their career, and transferred often implicitly to their assistants through years of experiencing the artist’s creative process. Custom-made devices, unique installation techniques and aesthetic preferences define the artwork. However, these individualised tweaks tend to defy traditional forms of documentation, raising the question: How can we effectively impart embodied knowledge to others?
Bringing together experts from an array of disciplines, the symposium aims to refine the understanding of concepts such as implicit, tacit, procedural, and embodied knowledge. Participants including linguists, sociologists, conservators, artists, artist’s assistants, art historians, curators and representatives of artists’ estates will delve into the functioning of embodied knowledge and share experiences and best practices for intergenerational and interdisciplinary transmission.
HAWK, Aula, Hohnsen 2, Hildesheim