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Adventures in Materials and Making

Designer, maker, and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin will be joining us to talk all things materials and the performativity of matter. At the heart of Zoe’s work is a desire to provide encounters with materials that help us look at the world through a new lens and reveal the agency of matter. Zoe explores the art and science of stuff, using modes of interrogation that incorporate a variety of art, design and performance practices with materials science and engineering paradigms, in order to celebrate the materiality of our made world.

Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King’s College London. In 2022 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter to large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her work has also been shown in London’s Science Museum and is included in the new permanent collection of The Design Museum. Her particular areas of interest and resaerch are currently Materials Farming, The Performativity of Matter and the sound and taste of materials. She can often be found giving theatrical demonstration lectures or making programmes for both radio and television.

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