LIQUID THINGS is organized in three modules: Material/Thechnology, Theory/Reflection and Art/Process. The dotted line of the diagram depicts the usual trajectory of our movements within the dimensions of the project.
The module Theory/Reflection is concerned with a reverse approach to materials, that is to say when materials themselves guide the creative process. We focus our interest on scientific experiments currently developing new materials in order to define a proper conceptual framework; it will serve us to expand the sense of their artistic application, which is one of the main motivations of the project.
In addition to the experiment-related reflections, a broader theoretical panorama complements the scope of LIQUID THINGS: the development of actual strategies to introduce novel materials into art-based research, to define appropriate ways of experimenting with them and to integrate into artistic discourses concepts currently tackled by other disciplines, such as sciences, technology or philosophy.
The module Material/Technology carries out the tasks needed for a comprehensive understanding of specific active or transitive materials, namely shape-changing materials and metamaterials, which are currently developed by pioneering scientific and technological investigations. However, they still demand an artistic exploration of their creative potential.
Artists should be opened up to the developments taking place in further realms of our society. We propose to accomplish this task by concentrating our endeavors in the context of material and technological research. In this process of getting acquainted with the most technical and empirical aspects of such state-of-the-art practices, new skills, ideas and artefacts will emerge.
The module Art/Process is focused on the practical application of the other two by producing concrete outcomes. A series of prototypes based on ideas, materials and procedures explored during the project, will be produced with the aim of bringing them back to artistic creation.
This work method implies to rethink the grounds of artistic practice not only theoretically, but rather providing actual strategies as an example of the still unexplored possibilities of this field.