Adam Drazin, UCL Anthropology
- • Is it possible to communicate material properties and senses across long distances?
- • How do exchange and sharing play a part in the understanding of material properties?
- • How can artistic work help us understand material culture?
In April, a collaborative Skype workshop, The First Encounter, was held between members of the School of Material and Visual Culture, Massey University in New Zealand, and UCL Anthropology in London. During the workshop, we presented a year’s worth of work on material properties conducted by working with various heritage artifacts made of different materials. The intention was to discover if, and how, we could think about the evasive cultural topic of what properties are, and whether we could use the stimulus of having to communicate across the breadth of the globe to find new ways of thinking about and representing them.…