15th Annual CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE Conference: Changes and Exchanges
“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes”
—Ovid, The Metamorphoses (trans. Allen Mandelbaum)
The terms “change” and “exchange” can denote both object and action. As nouns, each word suggests a contradictory sense of stability—the fact of change, the event of exchange. Yet as verbs, each word conveys something in process, something never completed, settled, or arrived at. This double sense, embedded in the words themselves, highlights the dynamism in the theme of this year’s conference. What constitutes change? What initiates an exchange? How do they come about? When and where do they occur? What does it mean to become something else? What does it mean to trade one thing for another? Where do one and the other meet? And at what point do they turn into each other? It is through these and other questions that we will consider both the effects and the affects of change and exchange. Considerations need not be abstract or theoretical. Rather, we wish to examine a wide and varied range of changes and exchanges, from the historical to the discursive, from the material to the technical.
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