The Deskilling and Reskilling of Artistic Production

American College Students Knitting Garments for Armed Forces

In November, 2013, I had the chance to participate in a colloquium organized by Luanne Martineau at Concordia University.

Here’s a short description of the colloquium: “The Deskilling and Reskilling of Artistic Production is a research-workshop and coinciding lecture series that will focus upon the historical and contemporary links between the artisanal production of “making” and the capitalist market system.”

And there’s a longer description here.

It was a great group of people, and I was very happy to be involved in the project.

I presented some of the work that I’d been doing on knitting patterns, IP and online communities, thinking about how skill is defended as marketable in online knitting communities, even when that defense might undermine the ethos of the community itself.

My presentation was titled “No One Would Murder for a Pattern: Craft, IP and Skill in Online Knitting Communities.” There’s a description of it, and of the papers of the other participants, here.

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.
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