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Meshwork: Materials as processes, material processes, materials in process within artistic practices

Workshop, 17th January 2020
9:30–12:30 Session: Alliances.
13.30–16.30 Session: Interfaces

On the concept of meshwork, the research project MATERIATHEK – MATERIAL ARCHIVE initiates a transdisciplinary workshop to investigate material processes and their artistic applications. During the work session, we aim to articulate different material practices, to focus on Tim Ingold's concept of meshwork through case studies, and to recognize modes of action for material transformation. The anthropological term meshwork is understood as the dense tangle produced by involved beings in their becoming. In this process, they create weavings of entangled lines that grow, move, and interrelate. For our meeting, we will pay attention to these different roles and modes of alliances and junctions within artistic processes.

To guide the conversation, we propose the following questions: How do our different perspectives on the subject help us to expand the idea of the meshwork? How could the focus on knots and crossings of a meshwork help creating a different perception of artistic practices? Which tools are sufficiently flexible to establish a context, connections, and offer possibilities to expand the topic?

By introducing our perspectives in short dialogical presentations on materiality and their processes in the morning, we intend to discuss alliances of the meshwork in the arts and our modes of collaboration. In the afternoon, we will explore different ways to display material processes and how interfaces could help to exemplify these in an analogue-digital-networked environment.

MATERIATHEK – MATERIAL ARCHIVE is a research project by Prof. Dr. Lilian Haberer, Prof. Anke Eckardt, Karin Lingnau, Johannes Hoffmann, Agustina Andreoletti at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM, 2019).


9:30-10:00 - Introduction

   greeting (Karin), short: about the project (Lilian)
   introduction round (all)
   aspects/terms (everyone alternating)

10:00-12:30 - dialogues/alliances moderation/timing (Agustina)

   Adele Orcajada (MaterialDriven, London);
   Markus Joachim (ETH, Zürich)
   Anke Eckardt/Hans Bernhard (information and collecting; storage medium, agency);
   Lilian Haberer/Alex Grein (archives/artistic archives);
   Jacqueline Hen/Karin Lingnau/Johannes Hoffmann (process of translation/topic of material fiction);

group discussion: following every second dialogue (also 15 min plus 5 min change of equipment)

12:30-13:30 - Break

13:30-14:45 - Microlectures 5 min explanation what is a microlecture? (Agustina) Exploring different ways to display material processes and how interfaces could help to exemplify these in an analogue-digital-networked environment.

   5 min to find the team
   groups of two
   10 min preparation
   5 min each person to talk to the other, 30 to 45 min alltogether
   how to present it to the others? each group 3 min, 30 min alltogether

16:00-16:30 - Discussion and Resumé (Moderation Karin)