25.01.2024 - 06.02.2024

Radical Matter. When Materialism Is No Longer Enough. Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab, Vienna



radical matter. When Materialism is No Longer Enough

group exhibition opening: 25 Jan 2024, 18:00
opening hours exhibition: 26 Jan–16 Feb 2024
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 13:00–18:00 / Thu: 13:00–20:00

Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab
Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien


radical matter: When Materialism Is No Longer Enough offers a rigorous, playful, interdisciplinary approach to our contemporary real. Set against the hyper-polished atmospheres of robotically automated knowledge systems (RAS), generative and distributive intelligences, and wildly proliferating deep-fake narratives, this exhibition invites you to experience the infinite world of folds, psychedelic/ neural sensory camouflaging, machinic aliveness and synthetic encounters – all part and parcel of our 21st century forms of agency, ethics, collective responsibility and new imaginaries.

Dancing ever closer to strangely alive and deeply compelling human machine interspecies co-evolutions, we find ourselves moving away from the old materialist canons of method, rationality and reason that asked: “supposing it could be otherwise, what would your otherwise look like” towards a slightly more graphic, urgent, raw, re-think: “supposing it already is ‘otherwise’”– how does this ‘otherwise’ enable new forms of agency, aliveness, and responsibility in the face of multi-modal generative Ai, non-conscious cognitions, TouchDesigner?

Our initial answers demanded a full stripping-off’. A radical matter that demands: Strip away the old metaphysics of materialism! Strip off the speculative, object-oriented, historical or idealist well-past-their-sell-by-date wine in new bottles! Strip off these old knowledge systems which for so long have occluded new imaginaries, different forms of resistance, poetics, and libidinal economies.

Take a walk with us on the wild side – a wild side that is already here, shape-shifting and proliferating.

participating artists:

Sonia Bernac

Yasmine Boudiaf

Jonathan Boyd

Bernhard Cella

Clarissa Leonie Cohausz

Selina de Beauclair

Sylvia Eckermann

Maximilian Gallo

Johnny Golding

Ivonne Gracia Murillo

Tonica Hunter

Ajamu IkweTyehimba

Ameera Kawash

Jeremy Keenan

Gerhard Lang

Tina Lechner

Thandi Loewenson

Manu Luksch

Gerald Nestler

Jannis Neumann

Harold Offeh

Julian Palacz

Mukul Patel

Maggie Roberts

Ashley Hans Scheirl

Linn Phyllis Seeger

Dario Srbic

Noor Stenfert Kroese

Tanja Traxler

Shira Wachsmann

John Wild

Julia Wolf

Curatorial Team

Johnny Golding

Martin Reinhart

Tanja Traxler

The Radical Matter exhibition and symposium is part of a PEEK artistic research project hosted by the Art & Science department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in cooperation with the Royal College of Art London. We would like to thank the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and all our project partners.

AIL is an experimental space and a platform for projects at the intersection of art, science and artistic research, run by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. AIL is located in the Otto Wagner-Postsparkasse and home of Café Exchange: 

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00–18:00 / Thu 10:00–20:00 (Free entry)