LABORATORY OF NARRATIVE MATERIALS
MATERIAL ACTIVELY THINKING
ora et labora et lege
Exploring the dynamics and entrance points into complex systems, the Laboratory of Narrative Materials sets out new ways of articulation through imagery and material creation for new sensory perceptions. The articulation happens through synthesized materials, such as sculpted gaseous formations, gelatinous neuronal structures or sugar-based energy carriers.
Designing material-based languages aim to provide an aesthetic impetus on research methods and questions to arise with unrestrained curiosity and undisciplined search within multidisciplinary gatherings. As a result of this, materials are transformed from functional placeholders into performative actors re-narrating and mediating the real and fiction. In a resulting alchemical theatre for playing, learning and sharing, a certain vibrancy is changing the scope on new immaterial and material phenomena to make use out of it.
Actually, besides running the Laboratory of Narrative Materials, Clemens is a lecturer and research associate at the University of the Arts Zurich (CH) mainly on responsive materials at the Interaction Design Department and guest lecturer at Central Saint Martins´ Material Futures Department, London. Prior, he has studied at the MIT Media Labs, Boston and graduated in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
His keen interest links design methods with physics and chemistry in multidisciplinary gatherings for sharing experiences on various test grounds. At the moment, he is starting to consider cognition as distributed in processes and composed in matter.
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studio: Geroldstrasse 31/32, CH-8004 Zurich
Selected Exhibitions/ Publications/ Talks/ Awards:
2018 "Per-Forming Clouds – In Search for the Perfect Cloud" at Design Museum Denmark
2017 "Materials as Mediators" Article in "Exploring Transitions" Pub.
2017 "Normal Accidents" Exhibition at ZHdK, Zurich
2017 Talk and Exhibiting "Mutable Drugs" at Smart Materials Satellites, Bauhaus Dessau
2017 "Terranautic Instruments" at Black Mountain College Show, Zurich
2016 "Per-Forming Clouds – Nebula" at Strauhof Museum of Literature, Zurich
2015 "State of Matter Workshop" at Transmediale, Designtransfer, Berlin
2013 "Enactive Environments Research Projects" at OCT Loft, Hong Kong
2013 Material Design for Disaster Playground, V&A London
2013 "Fictional Materials" Show at DAAD Exhibition, London
2012 "Fictional Materials" Talk at UCLA Los Angeles
2011 "Unter Strom" at Ambience´11, Boras, Sweden
2011 "Unter Strom" at Shedhalle, Zurich
2010 "Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries", Curation with Aedes, Berlin and MPI Science History, Berlin
2009 "Hear the grass growing" at Pixelache, Helsinki
2006 "Haptic Explorer" at Braun Frankfurt/Tokyo
Selected Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops:
2018 "Per-Forming Clouds" Workshop at weissensee school of art and design, Berlin
2017 "Techno Catastrophes" Workshop at University of the Underground, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
2017 "Vague Space" at Jung von Matt, Hamburg and Weserburg, Bremen
2017 "State of Matter Workshop" at Alchemist Kitchen, Kulturforum Berlin
2017 "It´s all just air" Micro Symposium on Air Phenomena with ZHdK/ ZHAW/ ETH, Zurich
2017 "Political Clouds" Seminar at Angewandte Vienna
2017 "Per-Forming Clouds" Workshop at Master Design Class, Zurich
2016 "Wunderkammer of Arising Matter" Research Workshop at ZHdK, Zurich
2016 "Exotic Matter" Workshop at Design Research Labs, Berlin
2016 "Exotic Matter" Workshop and Micro Symposium at Takram London
2013 "Material Aktiv Denken" Workshop at ZHdK, Zurich