Meshwork – material archive

friday 17th january 2020
9:30 – 16:30 exMedia lab, 4th floor

On the concept of meshwork, the research project MATERIATHEK – MATERIAL ARCHIVE initiates a transdisciplinary workshop to investigate material processes and their artistic applications. During the work session, we aim to articulate dierent material practices, to focus on Tim Ingold’s concept of meshwork through case studies, and to recognize
modes of action for material transformation. The anthropological term meshwork is understood as the dense tangle produced by involved beings in their becoming. In this process, they create weavings of entangled lines that grow, move, and interrelate. For our meeting, we will pay attention to these dierent roles and modes of alliances and junctions within artistic processes. To guide the conversation, we propose the following questions: How do our dierent perspectives on the subject help us to expand the idea of the meshwork? How could the focus on knots and crossings of a meshwork help creating a dierent perception of artistic practices? Which tools are suiciently flexible to establish a context, connections, and oer possibilities to expand the topic? By introducing our perspectives in short dialogical presentations on materiality and their processes in the morning, we intend to discuss alliances of the meshwork in the arts and our modes of collaboration. In the afternoon, we will explore different ways to display material processes and how interfaces could help to exemplify these in an analogue-digital-networked environment.

Adele Orcajada and Purva Chawla, Material Driven(London, New York)
Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Markus Joachim, ETH Zurich (Zurich)
Dialogue Partners:
Alex Grein, Arts Department, KHM
Jacqueline Hen, exMedia Department, KHM
Prof. Hans Bernhard, Arts Department, KHM

MATERIATHEK – MATERIAL ARCHIVE is a research project by Prof. Dr. Lilian Haberer,Prof. Anke Eckardt, Karin Lingnau, Johannes Homann, Agustina Andreoletti at the at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM, 2019).

9:30 Introduction
with Lilian Haberer, Anke Eckardt, Karin Lingnau, Johannes Homann,
Agustina Andreoletti
10:00 Presentations & group discussion
with Adele Orcajada and Purva Chawla, Markus Joachim and in dialogue with Alexandra Grein, Hans Bernhard, Jacqueline Hen
Dierent approaches and examples of material processes are introduced through short presentations and followed by an open discussion.
13:30 Micro lectures
In groups of two, we consider what kind of knowledge is important to open new spaces for collaboration.
14:45 Open discussion
All participants will be able to engage in a discussion on how to approach practical issues and to develop methodologies for material entanglements.
16:00 Summary