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Textile Arts Hosts a Conversation + Book Signing, Material and Mind with Christopher Bardt

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wednesday, March 25th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm (Doors at 7:00 pm), please join us in welcoming Textile Arts Los Angeles and Christopher Bardt, AIA for practiceLAB, a conversation and in-depth exploration of the interaction between mind and material world, mediated by language, image, and making—in design, the arts, culture, and science.

In Material and Mind, Christopher Bardt delves deeply into the interaction of mind and material world, mediated by language, image, and the process of making. He examines thought not as something “pure” and autonomous but as emerging from working with material, and he identifies this as the source of imagination and creative insight. This takes place as much in such disciplines as cognitive science, anthropology, and poetry as it does in the more obvious painting, sculpture, and design. In some fields, the medium of work is, in fact, the very medium of thinking—as fabric is for the tailor.

Drawing on the philosophical notions of the “extended mind” and the “enactive mind,” and looking beyond the world of material-based arts, Bardt investigates the realms in which material and mind interweave through metaphor, representation, projection, analogues, tools, and models.


Christopher Bardt has over 25 years of experience as an architect and professor of architecture at RISD. He is a founding principal of 3sixØ Architecture, which Architectural Record named one of 10 leading vanguard firms worldwide in 2002. His extensive professional experience includes furniture design, residential, commercial and institutional commissions and planning studies, ranging from small urban interventions to large-scale metropolitan development. Bardt has been a member of the Architecture faculty at RISD since 1988. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the National Academy of Design and Art, Slovakia and the China Academy of Art and has served on the Board of Governors of the RISD Museum. Bardt holds a BArch from RISD and a MArch from Harvard University.



March 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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