Investigating the interrelated nature of the materiality and temporality of the media apparatus, Molten Media takes a deep time view of a rapid-cycling throwaway culture. It is a culture paradoxically obsessed with the accumulation and storage of codes, though the devices used to store and access them are considered disposable. In spite of the impression that our gadgets expire almost as quickly as they are created, the social and ecological byproducts of this phenomenon are far-reaching and present formidable challenges for the future. Considering the methods through which data is encoded and decoded in matter, we also approach the material side of apparatuses which become increasingly intangible, yet litter the earth with pock-marks and mountains of e-waste. Projecting an alternate timescale for the media apparatus allows a reframing of our relation to natural history, speculation potential outcomes and openings for alternative methods of media production and reception.
This research exposition investigates how artistic practice is used among British Tamil artists with a Sri Lankan background to explore their multiple belongings and in-between notions of homing and migrating.
It also concerns how the artists are positioned in their sociopolitical environment as part of the British Tamil Diaspora. The research is based on fieldwork in London, Belfast and Jaffna.
The interest in Tamil artistic practices evolved during the author's doctoral fieldwork in South India and her time investigating the contemporary art scene in Jaffna.
Since summer 2013, a slowly growing team of researchers in Zurich and Europe is steadily develoing the local and transversal framework of Immediations. In Zurich, concerns of immediation are focused on the term “Urban Fabric.” The attempt is to interlace expertise in textile and architecture, urban interaction design, and artistic research enabling us to outline, develop and concretize new practices of research and knowledge production through conceptual work aesthetic experiments. The preliminary goal is laying the ground for the second project phase The Anarchive which will primarily be staged in Europe.
artists using the research catalogue