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Scale | Ep.#1: Matter as a Subject [w/ Laura Tripaldi]

On the nanoscale, materials can appear as vibrant, lively subjects that can even have political implications. Laura Tripaldi, author of Parallel Minds: Discovering the Intelligence of Materials (Urbanomic, 2022), is an expert on nanotechnology who worked in industrial research before shifting her focus on philosophical and theoretical fields. She has been exploring our relationship to technology and materials we use everyday, and has proposed a different perspective on non-human and non-living entities, challenging us to consider them as active rather than passive matter.

Suggested content:

[Video] Being In-Between: Material Intelligence on the Nanoscale, a talk by Laura Tripladi and conversation with artist Špela Petrič at the Shifting Scales conference, 2023

[Essay] Colloidal Ontologies: The Gendered Body at the Interface of Matter by Laura Tripaldi, PostScriptUM #46, 2023

[Blog] Soft Futures, a curated collection of materials science, synthetic organisms, and embodied technologies


Host: Neja Berger
Guest: Laura Tripaldi

Recording and editing: Neja Berger
Audio Mix: Staš Kramar
Music: Gašper Torkar

Scale podcast series

Curated by Janez Fakin Janša
Produced by Marcela Okretič
for Tactics&Practice#14: Scale

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art
Ljubljana, 2023

Part of
konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art

The project konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art was chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.

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