Conference Workshop

” Changing Habits “


Plastic waste is now one of the world’s greatest challenges. The wonder material of the last century that revolutionised our lives is fast becoming one of our greatest global problems. However, it is not the material per se that is the problem but the ways and quantities in which we use it, and more importantly, how we dispose of it.





A Unique Experience


  • This collaborative, hands-on workshop offers an opportunity to discuss ways in which each of us as individuals can contribute to a joint approach to change how we use and dispose of plastic and reduce the impact of waste plastic on our environment.
    Ex – What are the triggers and visual messages that will cause us as individuals to think again and how do we change habits of a lifetime?
  • The workshop will be hands-on and collaborative – everyone will be encouraged to contribute through discussion and making
  • We will draw and collage as we discuss ideas, and having agreed a collaborative design, continue our discussions as we stitch, aiming to produce one collaborative powerful textile (Kantha*) statement.


*Kantha is a traditional type of embroidery from the Indian sub-continent. In Sanskrit, kantha means literally rags, and very simply, kantha work describes the extraordinary 500 year old tradition of women working together, stitching collaboratively and often spontaneously, to reuse worn and torn saris to make something new for example a kantha dorokha (two sided quilt) to sleep on or to keep warm.

(No previous experience is necessary; the techniques are simple and can be understood quickly)

Who can attend?

  • The workshop is open to everyone interested in exploring the role of the individual in affecting positive change in relation to plastic pollution.
  • This is complementary feature for all conference participants.

On 27th September 2018

From 2.30p.m – 3.30p.m





Conference Workshop

” Soundwalk – Reconnecting with Our Sonic Environment “


Hearing is the most acute human sense (Shepherd & Billington, 2011), but also the least controlled—we cannot shut our ears to sounds, and even in our sleep we remain aurally receptive (Johns Hopkins University, 1998; Issa, 2008).

While hearing is involuntary, listening is the controlled practice through which we give our sonic surroundings meaning. Training the mind to listen in new ways provides us with insights about the (external) environment and the (internal) workings of our perception, attention, intent. It enriches our understanding of our place in the world and society. It gives us tools for strengthening a connection with our surroundings and with other beings—animal and human. “Listening shapes culture” (Oliveros, 2002).

On 28th September 2018

From 3.20 PM to 4.20 PM

  • In this workshop participants will be invited to reconfigure the way they listen to the various sounds around them.
  • They will be guided to dismantle sound to its core components, rearrange it, and find new meanings.
  • Through various guided tasks we will transform the manner in which we listen to our environment, to each other, and to ourselves.

Who can attend?

  • The workshop is open to all conference participants.


Issa, E. B. (2008). The processing of sounds in auditory cortex during sleep (Doctoral diss.).  The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University. (1998, April 30). How Do We Hear While We Sleep?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 5, 2017 from

Oliveros, P. (2002). Quantum Listening: From Practice to Theory (To Practise Practice). Culture and Humanity in the New Millennium: the Future of Human Values.

Shepherd, D., & Billington, R. (2011). Mitigating the acoustic impacts of modern technologies: acoustic, health, and psychosocial factors informing wind farm placement. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 31(5), 389-398.