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Monday, 22 April 2013

Weird Materiality

UCL's Institute of Making has an amazing Materials Library.
Like the original cabinet of curiosity, all sorts of futuristic/scientific/techy things line the shelves to produce a most fascinating collection of objects which all have a kind of weird materiality:


from http://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/materials-library

I want to talk to the 'curator' about how these 'non-objects' are culturally understood and organised - after having researched immateriality in relation to objecthood (immateriality of code, and of light), these strange hybrid objects fascinate me: how do we define them (in art history), and could they be used artistically?