How many of you have ever tried on anything that you've designed? Two out of ten fashion designers raised their hands…

 

Kiersten Nash
Parsons The New School for Design, New York

 

How might we cultivate an environment in which trust tempers anxiety and fosters play which spawns creative risk? Physical Training: Tune Up, Out and In is a 3-day mind-body-space mash-up designed to tune up perceptual affordances so that individuals can tune out of habitual patterns and tune in to a heightened situational awareness. In this expanded field, latent assumptions, beliefs and biases are revealed, allowing novel insights to unfold. This is not your average workout, nor is it your average workshop. This is an experimental space for [un]learning.°  

DAY ONE
Assembling 
Agents

Welcome!

Guidelines

Warm-Up

Dual Actions

Exercises

Spatial Orientation
Ideation
Polarity Mapping
Sorting + Selecting
Co-Creation 
Scripting

DAY TWO
Constructing
Narratives

Welcome!

Guidelines

Warm-Up

Checking-In

Exercises

Mapping the
Sensorial Hierarchy

Site Seen
Site [Un]Seen 
In The Wild 

DAY THREE
Drafting
Schematics

Welcome!

Guidelines

Warm-Up

Checking-In

Exercises

From Framework
To Storyboard
Staying Tuned...

Perspective compliments of Louis Wright, Physical Training participant and Senior at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, 2012

You might be asking yourself (because we definitely asked ourselves): "Wait a minute, is the idea here to cultivate a 'more competent man ⁄ woman'? An organizational man ⁄ woman? Docile bodies?" The answer is NO. While the means may draw many parallels—multi-modal learning—the end is diametrically opposed. Physical Training is designed to cultivate the critical conscious and creativity capable necessary to confront the present—as a complex and often contradictory network of visible and invisible infrastructures. of [un]learning. Or as David Foster Wallace stated  "to exercise some control over how and what you think…being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience."  To find one's own way.

 

 

Designed and facilitated in part Kiersten Nash in collaboration with Cameron Tonkinwise, Rachel Lehrer, Doug Balder, and Gwen Kilvert in conjunction with a motley crew of undergrads from Parsons The New School for Design.