The workshop was adjusted to the specific context of the students and attempted to connect to their current assignments. Roughly the workshop GO TO THE MOON AND BACK is divided in eight steps. In this part I will explain the context and reasons for my decisions for the workshop.

Step 1: Find your routine. What task do you do everyday? For example: coffee at 10 in the morning? Go to the toilet. Start the day with mailing. Etc. Take this routine with you in your pocket in our trip.
About Routine: As a professional you develop routines by doing things (experience) over and over. As an amateur you didn’t develop these routines yet.

GO TO THE MOON AND BACK at Piet Zwart Institute MAE.
Photo Ilse Leenders Dec. 2016

Step 2: Put on a helmet. We will go on an adventure. You need a helmet to keep you safe
About Helmet:
I choose some strange hats, because I hoped by putting them all on, we all feel ridiculous, but we are in it together. In order to feel vulnerable but to trust each other. The hat’s are also quite warm, it makes you feel to be in a different setting, and perhaps helps in imagining to be an Astronaut.

Step 3: Choose a difficult task
About  Complicated:
You have to choose a difficult task from that cockpit. By doing so you will forget about “the routine you just put in your pocket”.


Step 4: Lets go.

Step 5: How does it work on the moon? Take the routine out of your pocket. How does it work on the moon with different parameters?
About Deconstructing:
With taking the perspective of the different parameters (different gravity, no oxygen, other time frame etc.) on the moon, it makes you able to deconstruct the ‘routines’, or element that you take for granted. Routines and embedded knowledge simply work completely different under these different settings.

Step 6: Have a look at ‘our spaceship earth’. Reflect on your findings by having a look at the fragile small earth.
About Reflection:
What is the value of things? What is significant? What is essential? Understand the ‘whole’ interconnectedness of things on earth. The earth is an ecology. The distance creates this awareness and the ability to zoom out and reflect upon it, by simply not being part of it yourself.

Step 7: Lets go BACK!!

Step 8: Can you ‘reconstruct’ the routine you took to the moon?
About Reconstructing:
I think the constant loop of learn-unlearn-learn is important in order to change something. By this way you connect visions to reality, and make the knowledge tangible.