November, 2012

Novel Forms & New Materialities

‘Novel Forms & New Materialities’ explores the radical transformations to our material world provoked by contemporary science and technology. It asks how engagement with new forms and modes of material performance promises to conjure into existence unseen materialities, narratives and possibilities.

‘Novel Forms & New Materialities’ has been organized by the Arts Catalyst, London, in june 2012.

Video footage of the event:
Science writer Philip Ball sets the context and considers what cultural,sociological and scientific factors have enabled these technological advancements, and our changing relationship with materials in this new “invisible era”.

read more about the event on the website of the arts catalyst.

Liquefactions, Conference Berlin

Liquefactions. Aesthetic and semantic dimensions of a topos.
International and Interdisciplinary Conference
(Berlin, 23-25 Nov 12)

From Zygmunt Bauman’s “Liquid Modernity” to Zaha Hadid’s “Total
Fluidity”, the topos of Fleeting and Flowing is experiencing a surge of
interest as a sign of cultural (post)modernism, with technologisation
and psychologisation having led to a ‘liquefaction’ of borders and
orders of the most varied kind. Still, such metaphors reach back much
farther, with the famous saying, “all things flow”, expressing one’s
belief in the ever-present change in universe. Romanticism followed
this positive interpretation with a substantial imagery of the Flowing.
Yet at the end of the century, the spirit changed, with the Liquid
being a potentially ambivalent topos that articulates an unsettling
modern experience of physical, psychological, technological und
perceptual processes. Given novel media and materials in the 20th
century and today, these moments of crisis are reflected with an eye on
the material, formal and semantic implications of the Liquid. The
conference discusses the aesthetic and semantic dimensions of the topos
since Romanticism, considering its impact on different scientific and
artistic fields, and its changing historical interpretations.

Universität der Künste Berlin
Hardenbergstr. 33
10623 Berlin
Raum Ha110