Sektion 8: Material Agencies
Samstag, 30. März 2019, 9:30–10:00 Uhr, ZHG, Hörsaal 008
Karmen Franinović, Zürich / Roman Kirschner, Zürich

Material Activity in Art and Design Practices

The current theoretical movement of New Materialisms claims that society has to think differently about the way it treats our common material environment. This shift is supposed to transform the way we speak and think about the world. The conception of matter as something active and transformable is at the core of the proposed changes. In order to have an impact, the new approach to matter must be developed through our materially-engaged practices, together with new conceptual frameworks.
Art and design disciplines have always been close to material activity. Recently, various projects started bringing attention to active aspects of materials, environments and creative processes. A number of artists and designers follow a more activity-conscious and less dominating engagement with materials and environments. They concern themselves with chemical and biological processes, temporal aspects, the openness of materials to environmental unpredictabilities and generative transformations. In their endeavours, artists and designers face challenges such as: more complex experimental setups, the creation of frameworks rather than objects and the conceptual integration of wider fields of contextual factors that influence material activities. Their different approaches can be subsumed under terms like “navigation” or “conversation” rather than fitting into more classical methods of creation and thought.
As researchers, our goal is to further enable such practices and also explore ways in which they can have an effect on the field of theory. As a basis for the above arguments, discussion and further investigation, we will introduce project examples from “Enactive Environments” and “Liquid Things” research groups.
Kurzbiografie Karmen Franinović
2001 Laurea in Architettura (“La Citta’ e l’Architettura Digitale”), Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia
1998–2002Director and Co-Founder of MutePlateau Lab for Digital Architecture
1999–2002Architect at Studio ArchA Spa, Torino
2002–2004Master’s degree in Interaction Design (“Architectures of Subtraction: Relaxation and Play in the City”), Interaction Design Institute Ivrea
since 2004Director and Co-Founder of Zero – The Association for Cultural Activities
2005–2006Adjunct Professor, Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
2005–2009Researcher at Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal / Hexagram network in Montreal / Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at Zurich University of the Art
2013 PhD degree (“Amplifying Actions: Towards Enactive Sound Design”), School of Art and Media, University of Plymouth and Zurich University of the Art
since 2008Full Professor of Interaction Design and Head of Research, Zurich University of the Arts / Head of Enactive Environments group
Forschungs- bzw. Arbeitsschwerpunkte Interaction Design; active materials; responsive environments; sonic interaction design; art research
  • (Hg. mit S. Serafin) Sonic Interaction Design, Cambridge MA 2013.
  • (mit L. Franzke) Luminous Matter: Electroluminescent Paper as an Active Material, in: Aesthetics of Interaction: Dynamic, Mulitsensory, Wise, Mailand 2015, S. 37–47.
  • (mit L. Franzke und D. Rossi) Fluid Morphologies: Hydroactive Polymers for Responsive Architecture, in: Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers And Cognitive Machines, Wolfville 2016, S. 478–487.
  • Thinking Active Materials: Actively Thinking Materials, in: R. Kirschner (Hg.), Raw Flows: Fluid Mattering in Arts and Research, Berlin 2017, S. 124–143.
  • Vibrant Ground: Floor as an Active Stage Player, in: J. Huang et al. (Hgg.), Staging Space: The Architecture of Performance in the 21st Century, Zürich 2018.
Kurzbiografie Roman Kirschner
1994–1999Studium der Philosophie und Kunstgeschichte in Wien
1999–2004Studium Audiovisuelle Medien in Köln
seit 2013Lehrbeauftrager an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Zürich
2018Promotion an der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln („Zum Paradigma materieller Aktivität in den Plastischen Künsten“)
Forschungs- bzw. Arbeitsschwerpunkte Dynamische Skulptur; wandelbare Materialien in der zeitgenössischen Kunst; Ökologien und soziale Metabolismen; wechselseitiger Einfluss von Material, Imagination und Epistemologie
  • Roots, in: G. Trogemann (Hg.), Exkursionen ins Undingliche, Wien 2010, S. 142–151.
  • (Hg.) Maelstrom, Berlin 2012.
  • (mit M. Finke) The Pertinacity and Productivity of Stuff. Art-based Materials Research in the project „Liquid Things“, Wiener Zeitung, Spezialausgabe „Art and Research“, Nov. 2013.
  • Materialwissen, in: J. Badura et al. (Hgg.), Künstlerische Forschung. Ein Handbuch, Zürich 2015, S. 89–94.
  • (Hg.) Raw Flows. Fluid Mattering in Arts and Research, Berlin 2017.