Performing matter: Greatest hits and new findings

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 22 January

The Theatre

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  • Zoe Laughlin at the Institute of Making

    Credit: Zoe Laughlin


Standard £14

Concession £10

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Event description

Materials perform. Stuff is constantly getting up to things. Matter is doing all of the time, just to exist and make up the world of objects. In this demo-led exploration of materials, Zoe Laughlin will show the micro becoming macro, the inanimate becoming animate, and material science performing.

This is your chance to witness some of the most wondrous matter on earth; from shape-memory paperclips to magnetic liquids, non-Newtonian fluids and self healing concrete.


Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London.

Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection.


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