META MATERIAL I DADES is a digital seminar taking the ontology of interfaces, materials and languages as a starting point to collectively analyze their interactions and potential. We will say that such a potential is the very form of contemporaneity and the element in which our current practices move and activate – from sculpture to sound, from architecture to the performative body, from geology to textile, from text to speculative design. All of them being transversally haunted by the question of post-materiality, or, how to deal with a world in which materials are also programmable data, objects pair and replicate, data flows become gestures and corporeal mutations, physical relationships are virtually mediated and viceversa. Constructive processes, in sum, are hybrids and it is key for us to think of their stratifications as an element for fluid investigations.
META MATERIAL I DADES is a space to think about what Gottfried Semper would call the tectonic arts in his canonical work Der Stil in den technischen und tektonischen Künsten, oder, Praktische Aesthetik (1863) and review, among many other historical references, the work of architects such as Kenneth Frampton and Bernard Tschumi, and the oeuvre of artists such as Anni Albers, Iannis Xenakis, Robert Smithson or Aurèlia Muñoz. It will also allow us to approach current propositions and practices in art, design, speculative theory, and technology. Thus, META MATERIAL I DADES will also be the playground-battlefield for the analysis of key concepts of our time, from digital ontologies to the political underpinnings of virtuality and presence.
The seminar, divided into six sessions, will take place live and open to the digital public on Twitch. Throughout the second semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, META MATERIAL I DADES will be conducted by Manuel Cirauqui and Alexandre Viladrich as part of the Research Master in Art and Design (MURAD).