The Froebel star was designed by Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (1782-1852), the German educator who developed the concept of ‘kindergarten' and the Froebel gifts and occupations which inspired Frank Lloyd Wright. As a child, the future architect played with Froebel blocks, “with the cube, the sphere and the triangle,” all of which remained “in his fingers” as he began to design his famous buildings. Fröbel’s building forms and movement games were also forerunners of abstract art, as well as a source of inspiration to the Bauhaus movement.
The star, made from folded strips of papers, is one of Froebel’s “occupations, “ used to help children recognize and appreciate the common patterns and forms found in nature. At the ICI, the act of folding a Froebel star becomes a cipher for creating a unique chronicle of our times. Please join us and help us write (and fold) a history of our world that is "hidden in plain sight."
While folding, workshop participants will hear an unfolding of the history of failed utopian colony, Clarion, Utah. LISTENING with Alex Harvey and Anna Ayeroff is a collaboration based on Ayeroff’s installation “Clarion Calls,” on view as part of the first iteration of the ICI’s 100/10 project (100/10∆1: Alex Harvey and Anna Ayeroff).
Materials will be provided but we encourage you to bring unusual papers to the workshop. This workshop qualifies for researcher membership.