The 2022 Schools Workshop seeks to create and celebrate opportunities to positively impact mental and physical health by reconnecting, revitalizing, and refocusing ourselves through ritual.
The Workshop challenged students to design physical artifacts, environments, and interactions that establish revitalizing new rituals and ceremonies to promote balance and mindfulness. Design solutions developed by the Workshop teams focused on multi sensory experiences of physical interactions over chemical or virtual augmentations. The integration of craft and process in the creation of artifacts that stimulate reconnecting and refocusing was a paramount to the establishment of these new rituals.
The 27 participating students came from the 6 schools and organized into 7 teams of 4 or 3 students. The workshop is intense by nature and constrained by the five days from concept to finalized ritual. The beauty of the workshop is that the students work in a collaborative team. Each teammate brings fresh perspectives, unique ideas, and varied backgrounds.
Everyone came prepared with preliminary readings and homework consisting of a short presentation of a personal ritual to share with the group the first day, as a way to introduce themself. Each day started with a 30-minute "mindfulness" group session, helping everyone focus and relax before working with their teammate.
Nadine Erika Torres Garay
Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera
Andrea Carolina González
Appalachian State University
After 3 days of research and ideation, we felt stuck in the studio space.
So we left the studio to "zoom out" and see if we could find some fresh perspectives.
Over papusas, we shared our favorite and least favorite parts of the workshop so far.