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Artistic research projects

Mediated Matter

Mediated Matter is a research project run by the Schools of Visual Arts. Launched in early 2014, it will extend across a three-year period. Mediated Matter is the foundation for the Laboratory for 3D
The objective is to provide new insights and perspectives that can be translated into contemporary art practices. At this point in time, 3D technology has primarily been used and developed by animators, architects, engineers and designers. The Mediated Matter project uses 3D technology to develop new tools and methods for artists, thereby challenging the way we look at concepts such as image, sculpture, object, time and space. The project also explores how 3D technology can renegotiate the boundaries between virtual/digital and physical space.

The Mediated Matter project aims to push back the boundaries of 3D technology. The main emphasis is placed on exploration rather than on the technology itself; for example, participants are very welcome to use the 3D printers in ways that would usually be considered ‘wrong’. With this approach the project can help broaden the scope of our ideas about what 3D technology is and can do. It will also help pull the academy further into the future.

Graphene – medium and mineral

Anu Ramdas (b. 1980) holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and is currently associated with the Laboratory for Media as a teaching assistant and workshop assistant. In her own practice she often works with physical and chemical processes such as magnetism and radiation. This year, Anu Ramdas will begin working on an artistic research project (KUV project) on the subject of grapheme, exploring the artistic potentials inherent in the development and evolution of this material.  
The public story of grapheme began in 2010 when Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov received the Nobel Prize for their work with this material. Since then, the unique properties of grapheme have generated much attention in the science community and among the general public.

Grapheme consists of a layer of graphite powder (a crystallised form of carbon) that is only one atom thick. The carbon atoms of grapheme form an atomic-scale lattice structure that has turned out to be 200 times stronger than steel, to conduct electricity better than rubber, to be as flexible as rubber, and airtight. This means that the material might potentially replace the use of several rare minerals that are currently essential in modern image and communication technology (smartphones, tablets, hard drives, memory cars, cameras and microphones).

Sustainable materials and their language

Malene Bang (b. 1978) holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and is currently an assistant at the School of Sculpture Charlottenborg, where her responsibilities include the day-to-day management of the workshop. In 2017 she launched a two-year artistic research project (KUV project) that aims to develop sustainable plastic materials and biomass materials to be used when casting sculptures and objects. Such materials might potentially form alternatives to the harmful plastic materials and silicones often used at the Laboratory for Plastics today.

The first part of the project consists in identifying and testing a range of materials. This will produce a physical and online library of materials at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts; a library that students and art professionals can access and use to expand their knowledge of materials and their uses. The project is also scheduled to include workshops for students, specifically based on the new materials investigated. The project is carried out in co-operation with The Danish Technological Institute and Per Kapper / Kapper Creations.