Makerthinkers are opening new doors by asking nonverbal questions during the making process. Their thinking is physical and relationship-based, and that physical thought process is evident in their work. Makerthinkers are bottom-up. Rather than prove a concept (Serra, Ray), they investigate a set of problems (Streb, Nauman) by setting up if-then propositions. This fiddling, questioning, and active negotiation informs aesthetic choices, and becomes the meaning of the work
. Makerthinkers engage in active conversation with process/physics/materials, and are not attempting to prove as much as uncover or discover.
Bruce Nauman, Finger Touch With Mirrors
and Finger Touch #1