18. Salon

Collaborating with stuff that does not hold still:

material activity, methods and approaches. Mit Roman Kirschner.

Art and design have always been close to material activity. Recently, various projects paid explicit attention to active aspects of materials and environments and follow a more activity-conscious and less human-centered approach. They concern themselves with chemical and biological processes, temporal aspects, the openness of materials to environmental unpredictabilities and generative transformations. In their endeavours they face challenges like e.g. more complex experimental setups, the creation of frameworks rather than objects or the conceptual integration of wider fields of contextual factors that influence material activities. Their different approaches can be subsumed under terms like „navigation“ or „conversation“ rather than fitting into more classical methods of creation.
Projects from the arts as well as similarities and differences to scientific approaches and methods will be discussed.