At the beginning of May, Open Jar Collective were in residence at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, investigating the history and philosophy of land based tools. Here are some of the questions we’ve been asking:
What brings a tool to life?
What is a dead (end) tool?
What are the tools of your trade?
What isn’t a tool?
Are tools inert and useless without human agency?
Do tools represent human ‘control’ over nature?
How do tools disrupt or enhance our ability to inhabit our environment?
We’ll be back at SSW in September to continue the research.