The Data Materialization Studio conducts research into the affective, aesthetic and theoretical implications of emerging modes of data materialization. Drawing upon practice-based methods grounded within aesthesis, our projects work to expose and critically analyze the material processes that mediated between the physical supports of computation and the digital phenomena that they articulate.

Current projects include research into: the aesthetic surfaces of 3D printing; the translation of tacit knowledge when working between physical and virtual environments; the use of DIY maker tools as an effective means of communicating affective information; artists’ aesthetic materialization of emerging modes of media temporality; and critical explorations of mundane digital tools through “gestural” and historical analyses.  

This work is intended to counter the political ramifications of “rhetorical dematerialization,” while simultaneously developing interpretive strategies for negotiating new modes of materiality that are emerging in cultural response to ubiquitous computing. 

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RESIDENCY CALL - DEADLINE: JANUARY 15TH, 2016.

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Emergent Surfaces Piece 1

EMERGENT SURFACES: TACIT CREATIVITY

Circuit board tinted cyan

AESTHETIC TEMPORALITIES: A PRACTICE-BASED APPROACH TO THE TIMES OF NEW MEDIA.

Making Data Felt Image 1

MAKING DATA FELT

AUTISM AND EMOTION (E-MOTION)

Image from VISUALIZING SURFACE AND DEPTH session.

VISUALIZING SURFACE AND DEPTH

Photograph of a pink hardcover edition of Lynne Heller's PhD Thesis

AVATAR DAUGHTERS

"THIS IS RESEARCH" Poster campaign for the project

Dobble Debate, Serious Play

Illustration of 3 people in an empty room

AVATAR LIVES: DEVELOPING COLLABORATIONS IN ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND SCIENCE

Photograph of CPDC posters exhibited on a wall at OCAD U.

Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn

Screen capture from "One for Sorrow" environment. Black ground with ethereal charcoal black forms.

One for Sorrow