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The Phenomenology of Shoes
The School of Making Thinking & Abrons Art Center
New York
Fall 2014

Heidegger famously made Van Gogh’s “Peasant Shoes” the stepping off point for delving into the origin of art. Interestingly, we have no idea what shoes he was wearing at the time. In this class, we’ll attend to the sensations and phenomena of our own shoes and explore the foot-shoe-ground mediation. Readings will include classic phenomenology, folktales, old anatomy texts and obscure shoemaking manuals.

Ten 2 hour sessions. Shoes, leather, cotton straps, pebbles, razor-blades, bandsaw.

The School of Making Thinking

The Abrons Arts Center

This workshop became the basis for a semester long course, Aesthetics of Technology, in the Spring of 2015 at Teachers College, Columbia University.