Abstract purple sheets of glass in rows.

Material Performance

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7PM

This series of talks focuses on materiality and time—how material and passing time can be seen as reciprocal conditions for each other’s qualities. It is inspired by the thoughts of French philosopher Henri Bergson:

“If I want to mix a glass of sugar and water, I must… wait until the sugar melts. This little fact is big with meaning. For here the time I have to wait is not the mathematical time, which would apply equally well to the entire history of the material world…. It coincides with my impatience, that is to say, with a certain portion of my own duration…. It is no longer something thought, it is something lived.”

Bergson’s text has punctuated philosophical discussions since it first appeared in 1908. The series will bring together material scientists, biochemists, architects, philosophers, curators, and media theorists to unravel the relationship of time and materiality within each discipline.

Event Type


Monday, March 10, 2015 at 7PM
Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7PM
Histories of Now: Time Diffractions, Virtuality, and Material Imaginings
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7PM
Why Does Consciousness Dissolve in Chloroform? The Story of an Enduring Mystery
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at 7PM
On the Notion of ‘Capture’: arché, techné, epistemé
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7PM
The Spread Mind