New Materialism Training School: Research Genealogies and Material Practices

Engaging with the emerging and growing trend of new or neo-materialism in research, art and curatorial practice

A group discussion at the New Material Training School, 2016

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

A group in discussion at the New Materialism Training School

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

A speaker presents a slideshow to the audience

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

Two people in discussion at the New Materialism Training School, 2016

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

New Materialism Training School was hosted at Tate Modern 27–29 May 2016. The project was led by renowned international scholars and members of the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.

The training school workshops centred on the theme of genealogies of new materialisms. As such participants investigated the ways matter is made to matter through the canonisation of artistic and scholarly forms. Through workshops and discursive sessions participants considered questions of creativity, pedagogy, idea creation, notions of style and expression. These questions were explored in relation to material objects and the built environment that are agential in scholarly, artistic and activist practices. Participants experimented with methods to articulate where the research in the making resides, working through the genealogical, lived, expressive and performative elements of research, and demonstrating evidence for research in practice.

The training school opened on the evening of Friday 27 May in London at Tate Modern. The Saturday and Sunday workshops were led by members of the COST Action on New Materialism. Participants worked with texts and prepared position statements of their work. Issues were discussed in small-group sessions in the afternoons.

A speaker presents to the audience at the New Materialism Training School, 2016

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

A group discussion is taking place

New Materialism Training School, photography © Tate, Sam Cole, 2016

Contributors

  • Dr. Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University
  • Prof. Felicity Colman, Manchester School of Art
  • Prof. Aud Sissel Hoel, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Rick Dolphijn, Utrecht University

Public Events

In conjunction with the school, on Friday 27 May Tate Modern hosted a public conversation ‘New Materialisms: reconfiguring the object’ between Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Prof. Ann-Sophie Lehmann, University of Groningen chaired by Dr. Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University. The training school also included a workshop for children aged 8-12 years, Art Matters: Art and Philosophy with Children, on Sunday 29 May.

Programme Outline

  • Day 1: Welcome and Conversation

Registration and welcome event including a public conversation with Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Prof. Ann-Sophie Lehman, University of Groningen. This event will be chaired by Dr. Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University.

  • Day 2: Technology, Art and Research

Seminar discussion and practical workshops that investigated the performative nature of art and technology, posthuman bodies and how to think critically and creatively about genealogies of ideas in academic and artistic research.

  • Day 3: Materiality in Arts Practice

Included practical sessions in the morning that explored material matters in practice through the creation of objects. Workshops experimented with the material components of writing and the diverse roles and effects of documentation. The afternoon session investigated embodied concepts created through movement and testing the limits of materials and matter though the development of collective works of composition.

New Materialism Training School Programme [400KB]

The New Materialism Training School was sponsored by COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’

About COST

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COST refers to European Cooperation in Science and Technology, and is one of the longest-running European frameworks supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. The COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’ shapes and discusses how European scholars take up the label of new materialism and work under its umbrella. The project itself has 140 participants from 26 different European countries and Australia.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

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