"Inspiring Matter" Conference at Royal College of Art
The Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the inaugural “Inspiring Matter: Innovative Encounters Between Science, Art and Design” conference to take place at the RCA in London on April 2nd & 3rd 2012. (http://inspiringmatter.org)
Hosted by the RCA’s Materials for Living Hub and the Materials and Design Exchange of the Materials KTN, the conference aims to bring together designers, scientists, artists and humanities people working with materials research and innovation to talk about how they work cross- or trans-disciplinarily, the challenges and tools they’ve found for working collaboratively, and the ways they find inspiration in their work with materials.
The conference program will feature plenary talks by Sir Richard Friend FRS, Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge, Anna Valtonen – Rector at the Umea Design Institute and former head of Design Research & Foresight at Nokia, Mike Davies, CBE – architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Susanne Küchler – anthropologist and Professor of Material Culture at UCL. Speakers from academia and industry that will appeal to a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Visitors will also get the chance to see a materials exhibition by the RCA’s students and recent graduates, as well as opt-in for two special visits on the day after the conference to the Science Museum’s Plasticity and the Hidden Heroes exhibitions and Kew’s 19th century materials library of its Economic Botany Collection.
Please visit http://inspiringmatter.org for more info.