Mater explores materials through the eyes of artists and researchers.


Conversations about materials

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  • Ellie Niblock on 3D Modelling and Virtual World Building

    Pigmented silicone, flocking fibres, and trial & error,

    June 28, 2024

  • Seeds with Zayaan Khan & Chris Keeve

    The Mater Podcast - Episode 3

    June 14, 2024

  • The Thames Foreshore with Tom Chivers and Dr Claire Harris

    Welcome to the Mater Podcast

    June 11, 2024

  • Agnes Waruguru on Rituals and Connections

    Creating spacial installations with sculptures and bedsheets dyed/painted with hibiscus, saffron and turmeric residues. We discuss place & connection, beadwork, collecting sounds of the wind, studio rituals, and questions about trade and labour.

    May 28, 2024

  • Michelle’s Stuart’s Niagara Gorge Path Relocated: The cyclical nature of the things

    Case Study: Artists & researchers who shift perspectives on the material world.

    April 25, 2024

  • Mayra Sergio on Coffee, Olive Oil & Pulverised Residue

    Sergio is an artist who has developed many new processes through experimentation, trial and error, intrigue, looking to process grief, build belonging, and being very open to happy accidents

    March 11, 2024

  • Bosco Sodi on Unpredictable Materials

    The artist's work highlights the passing of time, and unpredictable processes that allow materials to behave in organic ways

    March 7, 2024

  • Jun Zhang on Systems & Stories

    The artist discusses mythology, extraction, looking at the world through a non-anthropocentric lens, and researching the significant and varied roles of urine

    March 6, 2024

  • The Metamorphosis of Matter

    Exhibition Text: The first Mater exhibition, 2024, Amsterdam

    February 14, 2024

  • Deborah Tchoudjinoff on Virtual Worlds and Fictions

    Deborah’s work de-centres the human and engages with research on minerals and speculative fictions. We discuss a diverse range of projects involving mineral mapping, augmented reality and gaming engines

    October 23, 2023

  • Janne Schimmel on Gaming Devices

    Investigating the inner workings of old computers and modular gaming-computer building. Janne talks about gaming as a participatory culture, the planned obsolescence of computers, animating and bringing soft qualities to devices.

    September 28, 2023

  • Catinca Malaimare on Leather

    We walk through Catinca Malaimare's exhibition Astropriest at Brooke Benington, discussing saddles and leather jackets as pre-used objects that hold bodies

    September 12, 2023

  • Jindřiška Jabůrková on Rubble & Weathered Buildings

    Working with the transformation of materials to highlight matter as a living substance. We also speak about concrete, human hair, New materialsms and spirituality

    August 30, 2023

  • Rajyashri Goody on Pulp & Porcelain

    A conversation about Dalit histories and the caste system, and how experimenting with materials can be used to tell stories

    August 30, 2023

  • Laura Cinti: C-LAB

    On Bio art, living materials, and a search for one of the most endangered organisms on Earth

    July 1, 2023

  • Hanneke ter Horst on Plants & Pigments

    This conversation with Hanneke describes beautifully the pull that certain materials can have on people

    February 23, 2023

  • Tom Pope on Photography

    Participation, research, play, performance, and ferns. We discuss the artist's photography practice

    February 13, 2023

  • Razia Barsatie on Food

    Researching the histories of food, and using them as art materials

    January 9, 2023

  • Lieve Hakkers on Paint

    Lieve Hakkers discusses pigments, egg tempera, and how making paint has affected their work

    December 8, 2022

  • Marlies Augustijn on Water

    Marlies Augustijn is a curator, currently based in Rotterdam. We speak about her most recent curatorial project Still Waters Run Deep, a group exhibition at Amsterdam's NDSM Warf.

    October 19, 2022

  • Christian Keeve on Seeds

    The cooperative geographies and political ecologies of participatory seed networks.

    September 30, 2022

  • Miriam Sentler: Deep Time Agency

    Miriam Sentler's recent project explores a quarry in Maastricht, and how this relates to the cement industry through layers of time.

    September 22, 2022

  • Emma Witter on Bone

    Mater speaks to artist Emma Witter about bone: sculpting with it, what it's made from, and how to prepare it

    September 22, 2022

  • Grant Gibson: Material Matters

    The Material Matters fair launches in London this week. Mater talks to one of the founders, Grant Gibson, about where his fascination for materials came from.

    September 21, 2022

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