Feminist Colour-IN

A Practice-Based Workshop (open for all, register by Wednesday 1.11)

Language of the Workshop: English

Co-convenors of the workshop:
Dr Kim Donaldson, kimd@unimelb.edu.au
Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, kkontturi@unimelb.edu.au

The Feminist Colour-IN is a pedagogical concept that combines a form of activism that spreads knowledge about feminist art as it studies colouring-in as an embodied and material technique of learning and archiving. The idea is to colour-in designs based on local feminist artists’ work while listening and attending to the feminist talks and presentations given at the conference. Like recent studies on doodling, we suggest that colouring-in can provide a more direct way of focusing on what is presented than the traditional method of writing notes, for example: it is a way of flowing and following rather than one of distanced reflection.

As the workshop participants colour in their chosen designs, they learn about the work of Finnish feminist artists and the themes, patterns and movements important to their practice. At the ‘colour-in’ colouring becomes a rhythmical and embodied technique of not only producing knowledge but also materialising it and incorporating it into the participating bodies. Through the act of colouring the participants become part of a moving yet rooted feminist visual-material archive that they are co-creating – in new, vibrant colours. This practice re-visits the tradition of feminist consciousness-raising by proposing a quiet, relational, embodied mode of activism that speaks through its colours and lines. The workshop also offers an alternative mode of conferencing, critical of neoliberal academia focused on individual achievements and highly articulated verbal expression.

The workshop consists of three parts:

  1. A short introductory session (30 minutes) outlining the project. Designs for colouring-in and pencils will be distributed. (Thursday 12:00-12:30)
  2. The colouring-in activity occurs throughout the conference with participants colouring-in during the panels and keynotes that they attend.
  3. A concluding reflective session of approximately 1½ hours where participants share their coloured-in works and thoughts on the process. (Saturday 9:30-11:00)

Maximum participants 30

Please email conveners to register:

Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia
New Materialism Action COST IS1307