“Embodying and Liquefying”

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One of the more recent developments in materials science is the creation of artificial ›metamaterials‹. These new engineered materials possess properties that may not be found in nature. Metamaterials such as, for instance, photonic crystals are distinguished by the fact that their optical nanostructure can be controlled by electromagnetic fields. Thus, they are tuneable, transitive, and active. What was previously regarded as imaginary and fictive has now been realized.

In this workshop, we shall experiment with an electromagnetic field generator and metamaterials: paramagnetic particles, photonic crystals, and various colloidal suspensions. We will engineer nano-sized light-gates and produce small tuneable amorphous fluid spheres. Moreover, we will explore phenomena such as magneto-hydrodynamic flows and unique fluid patterns which are generatable and controllable.

In addition, we shall discuss how a previously ›imaginary‹ materiality can be embodied and liquefied, i.e. dynamically realised in the ›real world‹. Because materiality excites our senses before we even begin to interpret it, it allows us to approach the world symptomatically and physically. Active matter is able to reactivate our senses – and with the imagination of new senses the conception of new materials becomes possible.
 

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