Alchemic Matter

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  • EmnekodeKMD-KER-209
  • Talet på semester1
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Mål og innhald

The transformation of clay into ceramics through fire has greatly impacted upon how we live our lives today - from bricks used in architecture to toilets and pipes employed in sanitation. As sophistications in ceramic technologies evolved throughout history, the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty (618¿907AD) were the first to fire a mixture of china clay and china stone at high temperature to create a white, translucent porcelain. Western trade with the Far East resulted in many attempts in Europe to imitate imported oriental porcelain from the 16th century onwards. As secrecy surrounded the development of these successful formulas on the continent, experiments continued in Britain into the 18th century to include the ashes of burned cattle bones (calcium phosphate) by Thomas Frye ¿ a recipe that was to be perfected by Josiah Spode known as `Stoke China¿. This `alchemy¿ of ceramic production evident in the 18th century where `everything yields to experiment¿, achieved what was then an unparalleled unity between the sciences and the arts.

Without following the dogma of textbook formulas widely available in ceramics today, this workshop sets out to revisit this process of early empirical experimentation to yield a new vocabulary and possibilities of material knowledge. Through a series of experimental process and material led enquiries it will It provide an opportunity for you to channel new/established concepts which draw upon the traditional language of the past.

It will examine the potentials of unconventional mould forming materials which embrace the unpredictable rather than the traditions of uniform repetition. The flexibility and physical limitations of clay, cardboard, fabric, etc. will be utilised to aid the metamorphosis of your individual reference points. In conjunction with this you will be able to invest the mixing of ceramic materials, to explore the `performativity¿ of matter under variants of heat.

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Neil Brownsword