The projects examines the material manifestations of digital technologies in the world we inhabit. It makes digital technology available for artistic experiments and hereby generates material-based knowledge and sensory reflection on for example sustainable materials that are made available to peers and the public. The project consists of two components: RECIRCULATE and Virtual Future Materials, collaborating and organically influencing each other throughout the process. In addition to Maibritt Borgen the participants are Karen Harsbo, Malene Bang, Rikke Luther og Oskar Kolliander.
RECIRCULATE links theory and practice so that the acquired artistic knowledge forms the basis for theoretical readings and presentations. Based on an understanding of practice-based research as part of knowledge ecologies (Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies) the project’s experiments are brought in dialogue with theoretical issues such as non-human photography, decolonial strategies, use and disposal of data, speculative fictions as well as biological and technological systems of theory. The project is set under the field of New Materialism, which take the human connection to digital and biological systems as well as lived experience as the basis for any theory formation.
Virtual Future Materials investigates and experiments artistically and critically with topics such as digital DNA and sustainable, nanotechnological, intelligent, energy-exchanging and self-healing materials as well as materials that are self-produced without human intervention through 4D print. Virtual Future Materials will conduct such studies using methods of VR design, scanning and 3D printing in silicates and biomaterials and parallel to this work on how to visualize the experiments in image production, film documentation, sounds recordings and by creating interactive art experiences.