Material Utopias


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Louise Schouwenberg (ed.)

In the slipstream of conceptual art, the intimate interweaving of meaning and materialisation in art and design came to be discredited in the second half of the twentieth century. The Temporary Master’s Program Material Utopias at the Sandberg Institute put an end to this tradition by abolishing the unproductive hierarchy separating “concept” and “making,” “content” and “process.” In this publication, various authors reflect on the history of dematerialisation and deskilling, the manifold meanings of materiality in art and design, and the challenges for education when the innovative power of the artistic process is celebrated.