Material collects new forms of living. To produce concepts for future use, Material embraces instability, indexing happenings and lifestyles that reflect experimentation, exploration, conflict, and the mutations of everyday life.
We mean Material as in material world and also as in raw material. It means we look at things from a materialist perspective: history, human affairs, technology, culture. We use materialism as the foundation to circuit between matter and ideas. If you want to dream, start with the stuff that dreams are made of.
In the information age, the material world is undergoing a radical transition, thanks to human agency. So Material was founded in a transitional time for a transitional species. The material world was here long before the electrical pulses of 1’s and 0’s, but every day its essence is being altered by these same massless bits of binary code. Material addresses the uncanny ways in which information and matter continue to interpenetrate.
Index for the Future
New operational ideas are formed by inspecting the places where things are changing. So Material collects raw material for the future: building blocks, unfinished stories, new opportunities, ominous warnings. The result is an index of content, curation, projects, and objects that reckon with the extreme contours of the present day, organized in an interdisciplinary framework with affinities to both art practice and scientific inquiry, between expression and analysis, in order to generate concepts for future use.
A concept is an island of order in a sea of chaos.