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The Material Codes project and the Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster co-hosts a one day symposium at Milieux to facilitate international and intergenerational conversations around contemporary textile practices in the digital information age. In particular, the ways in which the materiality of digital technologies are interpreted and translated by artists who mine, question and transform diverse data sources through expanded textile approaches.

The “material turn” broadly references a global philosophical and material culture impetus to readdress the dominance of language over objects. Artists and students will present their research and creative responses to questions of digital futures, surveillance, cultural translations, social data mining, and materializing invisible systems.

The day will consist of individual presentations, group discussions, and demonstrations from Milieux research cluster members. The objective of the symposium is to involve participants in an interdisciplinary event to share knowledge and build research and collaboration opportunities around materiality and the digital.

The symposium is preceded by a talk from Chicago based artist Ellen Rothenberg on Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30pm, and the opening of The Material Turn exhibition at the FOFA Gallery on Thursday, March 8th at 5pm.

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