Advisors: Jean-François Bédard, Britt Eversole, Roger Hubeli, Julie Larsen

A focus on matter swerves around the comforting disingenuity of good practice and pretty aesthetics. It insists on an approach that looks not at the quantitative “performance” of materials but at the behavior and misbehavior of assemblages, practices, and machines. Matter eschews nature/culture oppositions, insofar as matter (both material and immaterial) can be simulated, projected, and invented to create new feedback loops with environmental systems and networks. Animal, vegetable, mineral—you can design them all. Tectonics reaffirm, but matter satisfies desires, weaponizes fears, plays with memory, and upsets our aesthetic proclivities and our penchant for perfection. Matter absorbs pain and pleasure. Matter releases placebos, toxins, pestilences, hallucinogens, and curatives. Matter is already encoded with politics, economy, geology, geography, genetics, and (deep) history. Matter is always already befouled, stained, sullied, and covered in blood. We aspire to disheveled tectonics, alt-materiality, corrupted aesthetics, fuzzy connections, and unethical assemblages. We look for flaccid strength, weak structures, dirty ecologies, and low-brow logics. We delineate forces, image substances, project failures, and design for cyborgs (you’re already a cyborg, btw). We aim for unprofessional practice, to engineer the organic, and to faithfully falsify. Reject the binary opposition, stop trying to cleanse yourself of your imperfections, stop trying to fix everything, get over your fake honesty, and get with a real that’s better than reality. Matter is what you make of it.

may 3, 9:30am - 5:15pm

Additional Reviewers: Aurelie Frolet, Greg Corso

9:30am Fei Hu
The Urban Village
10:15am Rui Li
Conjecture of Everything
11:00am Jack Hymowitz
RE - Defining the Silo


Additional Reviewers: Aurelie Frolet, Greg Corso

12:30pm Alec Rovensky
Terra Dispositions
1:15pm Tota Hunter
Imperfect Assemblies
2:00pm Maria Elvira Gutierrez Ramirez & Elise Zilius
Contaminated Mycoscapes


Additional Reviewers: Aurelie Frolet, Daniele Profeta

3:00pm Bennett Powers
See What You’re Saying
3:45pm Cynthia George & Cathy Wu
Combustible Assemblages
4:30pm Vasundhra Aggarwal & Jaclyn Doyle
Latent Territories