The project is dedicated to philosophical toys as tools for the imagination and as models for a theory and/as practice between science and art.
"Philosophical Toys" is a term used for objects that enable us to understand processes, functions, relations and effects.
As examples from the history of science prove, this can include a wide range and different "classes" of objects: There are Philosophical Toys specifically developed for a use as scientific toys in the tradition of a "science amusante", serving as didactic tools and communicators for education. Even more intriguing, however, are probably those we can rightly classify as prototypes for inventions (i.e. instruments, machines and other technological products).
The project researches Philosophical Toys in their historic and systematic dimensions. In this context, we take a closer look on the basic principles and functions of Philosophical Toy, on Philosophical Toys as concepts and as objects. However, our main purpose is to ask for a contemporary perspective on the subject matter, with a strong focus on recent developments the intersections of science, art and do it yourself cultures.
What can we get from the history of science and from the cultural history of Philosophical Toys?
Status of the project: Since 2004/2005, ongoing.
project: PHILOSOPHICAL TOYS
main project: TOYS AND/AS TOOLS