Lambros Malafouris' text, 'Mind and Material Engagement' offered us much to reflect on our relationship with 'material matters' as artist researchers. Here are some responses made by the PIRG members in response to Malafouris' text.
The text and discussion from the session led by Jane is vital to our understanding of how ideas are being developed today, in new materialism and the several interpretations of notions of the posthuman.
Distributed Cognition so central to the posthuman of the roboticists offers insights to thinking, literally, outside the box. It begins to open up a new era in understanding, taking us into a new area of subjectivity, away from the patriarchal liberalism toward posthumanism. We are asking anew what we are, and where in the universe we are situated.
Thinging is a new word, it sits comfortably with the discussions we are having within the group. It begins to open up notions of self, of consciousness and life itself. Can a built object such as an android ever be alive or only imitate life however well it operates?
My image expresses something of my relationship with new materialism. I cannot pre-decide where elements will be sited in the works. The sites are multi chosen, tried and tested, juxtapositioned, waiting for a resonance from the work, a connection between the two of us.