Interpolate: Digitally Engaged Learning

After a successful application to the Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) conference in Toronto we held a workshop at York University introducing Interpolate to a global audience of academics, staff and students. During the session, we asked participants to interrogate a collection of objects through two opposite words, digital and analogue, on each side of a circle drawn on a circular table. Alongside this intense material investigation, the participants were introduced to theoretical texts which helped underpin the interrogation.

The objects we used were all forms of encoding information (may of which were informed by workshops run in the past), we used punch-cards, hard-drives, sim-cards, letterpress blocks and more. The aim of this was to extend our previous research and further explore new forms of literacy in a digital world: the link between art and language, language and maths, maths and art, the concept of print and digital fluency, the real and the unreal amongst many others. Throughout this workshop we aimed not so much to 'teach' anyone but rather create a discussion where we were able to learn from one another.

Participants were invited to walk around the circular tables, and for 20 minutes, thinking (and writing) about anything and everything which might lie between these pairs. We then gathered the circles, which formed maps of these interrogations and captured the thought processes of the participants, and we plan to examine them to find new ideas. In Interpolate, the aim is to interrupt the binary (either/or) narrative, and (as Hannah Lammin posed it), to create new insights through bringing ‘interrogability’ and ‘interruptibility’ into the heart of our practices.

After the conference we were interviewed about our workshop by Grizelda Kitching for the UAL blog.