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21.03.2012 18:05 Age: 3 yrs
Category: materials

Inspiring Matter

On the 2nd and 3rd of April 2012 the Royal College of Art will present the inaugural "Inspiring Matter" conference. The conference will offer "Innovative Encounters Between Science, Art and Design".


Inspiring Matter will provide you with a unique insider's view of how some of the world's leading designers, scientists, artists and anthropologists think and work within materials research and innovation, and enable you to be in at the start of an important new series of materials-based events and research activities which the RCA is launching at the conference.


The Royal College of Art has asked the presenters - including physicist Professor Sir Richard Friend (University of Cambridge), Anna Valtonen (ex Head, Nokia design-research, now Rector, Umea Design Institute), architect Mike Davies (Rogers Stirk Harbour) and anthropologist Professor Susanne Küchler (University College London) - to talk frankly about how they work across disciplines, how they tackle the challenges of collaboration, and how they find and apply inspiration in their work with materials.


Having heard these unique experiences and insights, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to share ideas, experiences and questions both with the speakers and with your peers from the worlds of art, design, the humanities and science. Inspiring Matter is the beginning of a new Royal College of Art based community which will facilitate useful and inspiring dialogue across materials-related disciplines. We look forward to you joining us in this initiative, and to welcoming you to the Royal College of Art for Inspiring Matter.


How to book your place at Inspiring Matter 2012:

Tickets are £250 for the full two-day conference and associated materials design exhibition (2-3 April), plus a drinks reception at the Institute of Materials on 1 April, and optional visits to the Science Museum and Kew Gardens? 19th century materials library on 4 April.


Register now at: http://inspiringmatter.org


Hosted by the RCA's Materials for Living Hub and the Materials and Design Exchange of the Materials KTN.