MARs Materiality

White, Laura. 2017. 'MARs Materiality'. In: MARs Materiality. Goldsmtihs College., United Kingdom 14th Nov - 6th Dec 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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MARs (5 x MARs Sessions 2017-18)
The Mountain of Art Research (MARs) is based in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College.
MPhil/PhD Programme

MARs Materiality (second session) is a project organized by Laura White, with prep sessions lead by PhD students Rowena Harris, Kate Pickering and Laura Burns, with guests Juliette Kristensen and Cheryl Roberts.

The aim of MARs Materiality is to open up new ways of thinking and talking about materiality – materiality as the subject rather than a vehicle for the non-material and theoretical.

Is it possible to talk about materiality in and of itself, without reference to other subject areas? How can we talk about materiality insightfully and intelligently without falling into a dated language of formalism? How does the digital environment affect/influence our material environment, and can we separate the physical from the virtual anymore?

Each session will begin with an observation of, and interaction with, things/objects/matter. Giving time and space to this specific material engagement and to the conversations and responses (linguistic, sonic, gestural) arising from it, we will work to become responsive to the things/stuff/objects/bodies in front of us. In doing so, we will reverse a more familiar use of materials/processes to describe an idea/concept, instead starting with materiality, its unique qualities and processes, to generate language and ideas.

Throughout the sessions we will also draw from a broad conversation involving material culture, design, anthropology, material science and physics in order to extend the language of materiality within art practice. In this way, MARs Materiality begins with a specific material engagement, whether physical or digital, and ends with a journey all its own!

Cheryl Roberts is a Dress, Textiles and Design Historian and lecturer at the RCA and University of Brighton.
Juliette Kristensen is a Design Historian working within Visual and Material Culture, and lecturer at Goldsmiths and the RCA.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

Additional Information:

These sessions will include workshops, discussions and panel events. Documentation will be published on MARs website and

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14 November 2017Completed
21 November 2017Completed
28 November 2017Completed
6 December 2017Completed

Event Location:

Goldsmtihs College., United Kingdom

Date range:

14th Nov - 6th Dec 2017

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Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2017 16:18

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2024 13:33


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