Welcome to The Material Point

The Material Point - Introduction

“We have labelled civilizations by the main materials which they have used: The Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age… a civilization is both developed and limited by the materials at its disposal. Today man lives on the boundary between the Iron Age and the New Materials Age”

Dr. George P. Thomson, Nobel Laureate in Physics

What does material want to be?

Material is an indispensable vehicle for all innovations and technological developments. This so-called new age will enable us to “design” almost anything in our material world, inorganic as well as organic. Add to that the fact that the material business sphere represents a significant part of the GDP (some estimate as much as 10%), and you will get an idea of how important this field is.

The Material Point is a project aiming to support the process of formulating applications for novel materials, to be a catalyst for exploring and demonstrating the potential use of these materials for future product development.

Novel materials are challenging our very perception of what matter is and what it is good for. Very few of us today have hands-on experience with these materials and therefore little understanding of how their (chosen) properties can benefit us. The best and perhaps only way to explore these new possibilities is a multidisciplinary approach. Enabling diverse specialists to experiment with these materials will help us find the knowledge and understanding we need to tap into new markets.

Things come into being when we make use of them.

This homepage is the first platform for making cutting-edge material research accessible to a wider audience. It will be followed by a program of activities and presentations in a variety of media, as well as events - exhibitions, lectures, seminars, catalogs, and online communities.

The next step for the project will be to stage an encounter between actors in the field of visual culture (contemporary art, architecture and design) and material researchers. Visual culture is neither conceivable nor perceptible without matter, and has developed over the course of history together with novel material. The ambition here is to boost knowledge and understanding within the artistic community about what could be labelled “a new material age” - and also, of course, vice versa: material researchers will have an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of visual culture.