Envisaging L'Aquila
edited by Alessandro Coppola

Entanglements: materials, practices and design

Symposium: 5th/ 6th May 2011, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

‘Entanglements’ brings art, craft and design together with the human sciences to explore theoretical, creative, empirical and curatorial aspects of our relationships to the material world.

Symposium Themes

  • What are materials? Between raw stuff and human effort
  • The effects of stabilisations, closures and re-configuration of materials.
  • Materials, objects, experience and playful/ sensual engagement
  • Design’s role in practices; making strange/ new materials
  • Materials and everyday life, sustainability and transitions

Confirmed speakers:

Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen (Stone); Elizabeth Shove, University of Lancaster (heat); Tim Dant, Lancaster (carbon fibre); Peter Wright, Newcastle (electricity); Yolande Strengers, RMIT (houses); Eiluned Edwards, ntu (cloth); Sophie Woodward, University of Manchester (denim); Tom Fisher, NTU (air); Zoe Laughlin, KCL (‘strange’); Sabine Hielscher, SPRU (shampoo); Sarah Kettley, ntu (metal); Susan Lambert, MoDiP (plastic); Andy Jackson, UCA (wood);

Format: Day 1: 11.30am – 6pm Day 2: 9am – 2.30pm


The cost of the symposium is £60, or £30 for Design Research Society members.
To enrol go to ‘NTU Online Store 1’ (DRS members) or ‘NTU Online Store 2’ (non DRS members)[1]
Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Some accommodation has been reserved near to the university. To book this or for other enquiries, contact Melanie Bentham-Hill on Adbresearchteam1@ntu.ac.uk

The symposium is sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and Design Research Society ‘OPEN SiG – Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks’.

Info: http://www.designresearchsociety.org/joomla/index.php/sig2/opensig.html

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