Reactive Graphene Oxide Residency: New Materials and Collaborative Method at the Interface of Design and Materials Engineering

Public Residency from September 25-29, 2023

4th Space, Concordia University

1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal

 This initiative collaboratively harnesses Graphene Oxide to create reactive objects, exploring how materials can mimic life, and fostering innovative arts-science dialogues about our evolving relationship with the environment.
At the crossroads of Design and Material Science, this research-creation project brings together scientists and artists to develop reactive membranes and objects using Graphene Oxide. Graphene Oxide is a layered carbon-based nanomaterial derived from the oxidation and exfoliation of graphite, which can also be synthesized from thermal treatment of organic waste. Spanning multiple spatial, technical, artistic, and philosophical dimensions, the project addresses crucial questions at the core of current research in materials science and design: up to which point can materials mimic nature and become ‘alive’, changing themselves based on external stimuli? What happens when materials and humans interact? Can the interaction between materials and the environment help improve our own environment? Envisioned as a new generation of active materials for technological applications, the built environment and the arts, the structures developed in this project also aim to develop novel methods for arts and science collaboration and engage publics in a broader reflection on material futures and human's shifting relationship with its environment in a context of ecological crisis. The co-creation process of this residency involves the  presentation of a documentary,  in-situ prototyping, and ongoing video documentation of the work.
Public Events

Opening Reception
Monday, September 25, 2023, 12:00 p.m - 12:30 p.m

Student-led Session with Jacqueline Beaumont, Yiwen Chen,Jacob Landry, Philippe Vandal and Nima Zakery
Thursday, Septepmber 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m

Finissage Reception
Thursday, Septepmber 28, 2023, 5:30 p.m - 8:00p.m hosted at the Milieux Lounge, 1515 St-Catherine W., EV Building, 11th floor

Interdisciplinary Panel with Marta Cerruti and Alice Jarry
Friday, Septepmber 29, 2023, 10 a.m - 12:00 p.m

Critical Practices in
Materials and Materiality