Tate Modern Talk

New Materialisms: reconfiguring the object

Gustav Metzger, ‘Liquid Crystal Environment’ 1965, remade 2005
Gustav Metzger, Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005. Tate. © Gustav Metzger

Explore how investigating materials can stimulate new kinds of thinking

This conversation focuses on recent scholarship into materials and how matter is significant within art practice, research and curating. Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool and Ann-Sophie Lehmann, Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Groningen, discuss how such new materialist approaches allow us to rethink art objects. The conversation is chaired by Iris van der Tuin, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University.

In conjunction with the New Materialism Training School: Research Genealogies and Material Practices and the Tate Modern display Material Worlds.


Ann-Sophie Lehmann 

As Professor for modern & contemporary art at the University of Groningen, Lehmann’s research explores how materials, tools, and practices partake in the meaning making of art. Other areas of study include; how images and texts represent and reflect creative practices; and how knowledge about making engenders material literacy. Recent publications include Hiding Making - Showing Creation. The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean, ed. with Rachel Esner and Sandra Kisters, Amsterdam 2013 and Meaning in Materials, Leiden 2013.

Francesco Manacorda

Manacorda is Artistic Director at Tate Liverpool and part of the curatorial team of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial. In 2013 he was a member of the International Jury for the 55th Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Artissima, and between 2007 and 2009 was Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London where he realised the large-scale Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art and Radical Nature. Manacorda is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

Iris van der Tuin 

Van der Tuin works as Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is chair of the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’. From May 2003 to February 2015, she was faculty member of the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University, where she worked on the intersection of Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science.

Tate’s paid for learning is provided by Tate on behalf of Tate Enterprises Limited.

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27 May 2016 at 18.30–20.00