Drop in anytime and play, create and experience PlatFORM - a multi-sensory, glowing sculpture that responds to movement and the human touch. Join us each day for a curator tour or public lecture.
Accompanying PlatFORM’s Tate Exchange showcase will be a symposium that brings together architects, artists, industry professionals, engineers, researchers and the public to discuss emerging thinking and ceramic futures. Find out more and book your free place.
For more information on times and events, please visit ECAlab's website.
The environments we inhabit and the buildings we sculpt have a fundamental impact on our experience of space, but also a major effect on our natural environment. Searching for ways to make meaningful sustainable architectures that have a sense of place, but that also minimise our energy consumption has become a priority. Questioning existing building technologies, their production techniques, the materials used, and the way that they are design-engineered is central to our approach to research and production.
Ceramics, as a sustainable and less energy intensive material, offers unique opportunities for environmental design, not only in ecological terms, but also in embracing the convergence of advanced engineering processes with art and craftsmanship. ECAlab believes in innovation through the fusion of past and present production methodologies and the collaboration between different disciplines, with the aim to generate a more meaningful and sustainable architecture that supports local heritage and fosters social sustainability.
In their acclaimed exhibition Cerámica at RIBA North, ECAlab engaged ceramic artists to reinterpret an optimised object developed in a scientific environment to explore the expressivity of clay and its potential for cultural embodiment and transformation through the hand of the craftsman. Building on the material and collaborative concepts established in this event, ECAlab now showcase PlatFORM at Tate Liverpool - a new set of experimental ceramic surfaces that explore human-centred experiences.
PlatFORM is interested in what ceramics can bring to architectural place-making beyond its materiality and craftsmanship. This is a collaboration with ceramicists and sound artists to reflect on the performative potential of the same ceramic object, to explore the way in which ceramic architectures can enhance our experience of space.