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 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 aesthetics 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.

february 26, 9:00AM-2:10PM

9:00am All AG meeting regarding thesis exhibition
9:30am Fei Hu
Urban “We”illage
9:55am Vasundhra Aggarwal & Jaclyn Doyle
Latent Territories
10:20 - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am Rui Li
Conjecture of Everything
10:55am Cynthia George & Cathy Wu
Combustible Assemblages
11:20am Alec Rovensky
Terra Dispositions
11:45am - 12:30pm LUNCH
12:30pm Bennett Powers
Image Synthesis Semantics
12:55pm Tota Hunter
Political Economy of Wood
1:20pm Maria Elvira Gutierrez Ramirez & Elise Zilius
Mycotecture of Contamination
1:45pm Jack Hymowitz
RE - Defining the Silo