Training School 2: Research Genealogies and Material Practices

Tate Modern, London
27-29 May, 2016
Contributors include:
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

The 2016 New Materialism Training School is on the topic of Research Genealogies and Material Practices, as developed by the WG1, (with some input from WG3 members).

The theme of the training school workshops centred on the 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.

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.

Outline of the training school

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.

Further info on Tate Modern website


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Genealogies of New Materialisms; examines and intervenes in canonization processes by compiling a web-based bibliography, coordinating the OST 068/13 8 EN... Read more

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New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences; seeks to develop new materialisms at the boundaries of the human and natural sciences. The group focuses on how European new materialisms can rework the ‘Two Cultures' gap... Read more

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