SYMPOSIUM

Material Others and Other Materialities

September 30, 2016   12.45 – 6.15pm

Iklectik Art Lab, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG

In their short philosophical fable ‘Vampyroteuthis Infernalis’, Vilem Flusser and Louis Bec compare human existence to that of a deep-sea squid, the Vampyroteuthis Infernalis. In the process they raise questions about the relation of cognition, culture and sociality to corporeal anatomy and environment. Flusser and Bec’s ruminations form the background context and connecting thread for this symposium, which brings together 10 papers to explore questions of materiality and otherness, specifically in relation to art and design and media. All presentations take a point of departure from Flusser and Bec’s text to discuss an artefact in relation to the symposium’s themes.

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Programme:

1. Phenomenological Materialities

The Immateriality of Titian’s Pesaro Altarpiece | Ken Wilder, Chelsea College of Arts
Circle or Oval?: Concepts, Non-identity and the Lifeworld | Johanna Bolton, Royal College of Art
Things That Happen Again: Roni Horn and the Phenomenology of the Other | Andrew Chesher, Chelsea College of Arts
Chair: Dan Smith; Discussant: Allan Parsons

2. My Body and the Body: The Other and the Alien

My Neighbour, That Thing | Werner Prall, Middlesex University
The Corporeal Witness in Katie Green’s Lighter than my Shadow | Dan Smith, Chelsea College of Arts
Fishing for Zebedee | Mark Ingham, London College of Communication
Chair: Amanda Windle; Discussant: Maria Walsh

3. Digital Materialities

The Material Other in Fashion Making: The T-shirt | Douglas Atkinson, London College of Fashion
Emergent Materiality: The Self and the Other in Material Dialogues | Virna Koutla, Royal College of Art
Robotum Anthromorphum: of Virtual Assistants and their Networked Materialities | Michel Erler, London College of Communication
The Nonhumanity of Planetary Computing, Metis, or how to live with Digital Uncertainty | Betti Marenko, Central Saint Martins
Chair: Andrew Chesher; Discussant: Amanda Windle

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