How do materials and textures affect our experience and understanding of space? How do materials change the perception of a space when the substance of that space is ever-changing from solid to fluid? How will materials evolve our spaces in the future? Explore material spaces of tomorrow with Ma-tt-er and SPACE10.
The final day of our pop-up will be hosted by Ma-tt-er, a London-based research and design studio that explores the past, present and future of materials. As humanity continues to deplete the planet’s finite resources, Ma-tt-er believes that we must reconsider the definition of waste, and that by harnessing the unexplored potential of materials, we can implement social, economical and political change.
On Saturday, Ma-tt-er will present an exhibition exploring materials and textures in relation to space, and take us on a “journey of materials and how they will evolve a space by the year 2030”. As part of the exhibition, Ma-tt-er will host a natural dyeing workshop to show how red cabbage can be used to measure pollution levels. Learn more about the workshop here.
In the evening, Ma-tt-er will present a series of talks, and ask pressing questions about the future of materials—such as who gets to decide what’s defined as a material, and who’s permitted to use a particular material? Speakers include:
Libby Heaney, an artist, researcher and lecturer with training in quantum physics, who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. For example, for the European Capital of Culture programme in the Danish city Aarhus this year, she presented an interactive, virtual reality experience that explored the storytelling possibilities of quantum mechanics.
Luca Picardi, a strategic designer whose recent project “Familiar” explores patterns of mimicry in contemporary urban development projects in northern Europe, from Fjord City in Oslo and HafenCity in Hamburg to Nine Elms in London and the Royal Seaport in Stockholm. The project asks whether cities are looking more alike—and, if so, how these developments collectively shape our experience of the city.
Lucy Hardcastle, an interdisciplinary designer and digital artist, whose work focuses on tactility, visual illusions and sensual aesthetics through digital rendered pieces, sculpture, set design and moving image. Her current projects aim to bridge the highly digital and physical aspects of her practice to produce immersive experiential pieces.
The exhibition is open from 12 noon to 4 pm. The evening event starts at 6 pm. Get your ticket to be on the guestlist for the evening event, but remember to arrive in time to secure your seat. First come, first served. The event is free but limited to 100 participants.
From 18-23 September, SPACE10 is hosting a pop-up in Shoreditch to explore the consequences of urbanisation and the spaces we inhabit. Over the course of six days, during London Design Festival, we will examine the concept of space from different perspectives. Learn more and sign up for the different events here.