Virtual Fellowship Program 2021

Research, August 2021 to October 2021

Building Matter

The theme for the inaugural 2021 Virtual Fellowship Program is Building Matter. It asks researchers, curators, artists, and other cultural producers to consider how architects and other designers have relied on practices of the manipulation, extraction, projection, and inhabitation of planetary matter. From the Greek classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire to chemical elements scattered across the periodic table, designers have reconfigured and shaped the compositional elements of our planet through the projective needs of building. This process has resulted in so-called new materials—from alloys to solar panels to synthetic woods—that foreground the malleability of matter and the broader consequences of a human-led manipulation of ecological systems.

2021 Virtual Fellows

James Graham
California College of the Arts
Planetary Dam

Maren Koehler
University of Sydney
Paper, Pulp and Plywood, ca. 1967

Marina Oba
Federal University of Paraná
Building ephemeral matter in the Georg Lippsmeier collection

Public seminar


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