Workshop held at Pioneer Works in March 2019 in collaboration with Melanie Hoff.
The story of human evolution is the story of tools, technology, and the power structures that emerged from their instrumentalization. Technology that facilitates fundamental practices of living form their own kind of intimacy—one as close and familiar as our bodies. How do your tools shape your experience of intimacy? This exercise and discussion are an invitation to de-tool the activities and processes we find most familiar. Through reconnecting with dirt, stones, and our collective pasts, we will draw on the ways the oldest tools changed and complicated human cognition and formed modern societies, cultures, and power dynamics.