Originally, the objective of the workshop was the production of the common good. Since the medieval times the workshops have been a place for learning and teaching craftworks.
For example, xylographic printing workshops, typographic cutting and foundry workshops; typesetter and illuminators among others. The creation of a single object such as a book joined various workshops in an organized manner. The function of the workshop links social life , produces goods and distributes knowledge.
During the second half of the XX century, the workshop acquired a new understanding that differs from the original purpose. It became a space for alternative education that is open to pedagogical exploration and experimentation. For instance, the Blueprint for counter education (1970, Stein & Miller) serves as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education. This bookwork is proposed to be a self contained workshop facilitated by a book and composed by a series of visual posters.
Today there are workshops about poetry, design, yoga and dancing; there are workshops to develop psicoemocional skills or to manage workshops. Some other workshops are about computation, herbalism and dreams and/or secret depictions. Or even, there are workshops that work as a playground to play, exchange the common goods or meet new people. While some workshops take place as a physical experience, some others might happen in the network and programmable environments. There are workshops that last one hour; some others result in the daily work and they last generations of artisans.
Under the context of the fourth industrial revolution, the idea of the common and “the social” is questioned by the constant privatization of cultural goods and natural resources; and by an adulterated idea of the social. What do we mean when we use the pronoun ‘We’? How to socialize and empathize with our environment? Who are the owners of the production of the digital common goods?
“Some other workshops manifest” observe innovative ways to produce and distribute knowledge and different ways to ensemble the social within the workshop format.
So then, the workshops aim at knowledge dissemination and production; practical problem solving and common goods developing.