EKSIG 2017: ALIVE. ACTIVE. ADAPTIVE.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND EMERGING MATERIALS
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Alive. Active. Adaptive. is an International Conference organized under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) and hosted by Delft University of Technology. It focuses on the experiential knowledge of working with emerging materials that are alive, active and adaptive, whether by means of biological or computational processes or an integration of the two. The conference brings together design practitioners, researchers, engineers, architects and artists to discuss the future of emerging materials and its implications for design research and practice.
As materials acquire new agency and interactional possibilities, how do we work with such alive, active and adaptive materials? How do we mobilize the inherent properties of these materials in eliciting unique material experiences and ways of doing? And as materials acquire connectivity (whether digital or organic), how do we understand the movements, temporalities and relationships of a material in relation to other materials?
The conference brought together 65 international researchers, designers and artists from 10 countries who were interested in the topic. There were 25 double-blind peer-reviewed papers presented at and 3 exhibitions included in the conference.