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Week#7(Part 2)- Material and New Materialism: Bodies, Resources and Pollution

It had come to my mind of two artists who had more or less shared some similarities in ideas regarding to Tim Ingold’s words that had been quoted in the lecture: “The forms of things are not imposed from without upon an inert substrate of matter, but are continually generated and dissolved within the fluxes of materials across the interface between substances and the medium that surrounds them. Thus things are active not because they are imbued with agency but because of ways in which they are caught up in these currents of the lifeworld. The properties of materials, then, are not fixed attributes of matter but are processual and relational. To describe these properties means telling their stories.”
The first artist, Pierre Huyghe who worked with public interventions and living systems says that “I don’t see things remaining in a frozen state. Things can always renegotiate, they grow, disappeared and reappear in different state. Their exhibition might be intermittent but their existence keeps evolving. It’s a blinking situation, a pause, like the rhythm of seasons”.
The second artist, Lara Favaretto described her designed swamp in her book Momentary Monument as: “The vision of the swamp might be hypnotised due to the dearth of events that its visual impact has to offer. Or it may be expressionless as a result of the inevitable melancholy it arouses. All remains in silence, with little power of movement. The swamp constitutes a state of frustration and conflict between being a friendly and attractive place on the one hand, and an impenetrable and indifferent one on the other. A place that is rebellious, mute, and intolerant.”

Scanned pages from the book Momentary Monument by Lara Favaretto

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