How many of you have ever tried on anything that you've designed? Two out of ten fashion designers raised their hands…
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.°
Sorting + Selecting
In The Wild
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.