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Tuesday 30 March 2021


This workshop is an unscripted, unplanned and spontaneous space for exploring ‘uncertainty’. It is part two of a workshop hosted on 9th March but it’s open to everyone (no need to have participated in the first).

Please bring an activity to occupy part of your attention, knitting, drawing, painting, whittling, Lego, jigsaw etc. An activity to occupy your hands and 50% of your thinking capacity that fits on your desk, that is not noisy. Your chosen activity is a decoy for the subconscious. It works be best if you’re familiar and fluent with your task. It is not a space for learning a new skill.

Talking with an Uber driver from the back seat without face-to-face interaction enables different things to be said. Likewise conversation whilst cooking, making a jigsaw or walking side by side with another, are very different than facing a person with eye to eye contact.

We will each distract some of our attention and focus away from the screen. What will a group conversation uncover without 100% focus? Will distraction enable conversation to flow and erupt from our subconscious? Can we learn/discover more by trying less?

The more you stare intently at a starry sky the less stars you see, if you relax and defocus, stars seem to stand out.

About Daniel Eatock

Daniel Eatock is a London-based artist whose practice is shaped by discovery, invention and an alert sensitivity to coincidence and contradiction. You can view Daniel’s work on his website here and on Instagram here.

“My specialism is lateral thinking, resolving the complexity encountered in the world with reductive poetic logic. I intertwine commercial and cultural practice: responding to the paradox of daily life and the complexities of project assignments. I seek focused solutions that feel inevitable. I get there by starting at the beginning, asking why, what if… then making sense of the things I find with radical acceptance and by embracing truth” Daniel Eatock.

What’s a STEAM Lab?

STEAM Labs are highly experimental collaborative workshops where guest contributors guide participants through a process that impels them to think about the development of projects, products, and services in completely new ways. Each STEAM Lab is different but every one is underpinned by five guiding principles: conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness. Read about our collaborative workshops here.