By Genevieve Ruest and Antonia Hernandez
How to qualitatively articulate the ‘vibrational force’ within materials?
DYI VIBRANT MATTER aims at establishing vibrational force within materials as the starting point of the creative process of a prototype within an experimental framework. Furthermore, it will enhance and question the potential form-taking informational activity of the materials and explore the intrinsic sound of the vibrational field, as to finally introduce a philosophical dimension implicit to “vital materialities” (Bennett, 2010) into art discourse.
Vibrant Matter prototype promotes the DYI ethic based on the idea that anyone is capable of performing and seeking knowledge without relying on specialists. Central to the practice of DYI technology hacking ethic is to encourage the empowerment of individuals to employ alternative approaches in achieving their objectives. In this process of getting acquainted with the most technical and empirical aspects of such state-of-the-art DYI practices, will emerge new skills, ideas and artefacts.
The module Theory/Reflection is meant to articulate a “vibrant materiality” that runs alongside and inside and to set out to describe qualitatively the quasi-agency of non-human materials. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari who have experimented with the ideal of a “material vitalism”, according to which vitality is immanent in matter-energy; DYI Vibrant Matter prototype aims to witness the “vital materialities”, forming alliances to emerge as a diverse assemblage of energies, in the sense that it is the form-taking process.
The module Matter/Material carries out the tasks needed for a comprehensive understanding of the quality of the vibrational field within materials. Thus, it does not approach materiality, not only because their state is physical but also because they are always ‘active’ and in becoming. Michel Serres says that they lie in a turbulent, immanent field in which various and variable materialities collide, morph, evolve, and disintegrate (Serres, 2000).
Finally, in reference to the contributions of Bruno Latour's idea of nonhuman “actants” (Latour, 2005), the Vibrational sound will perform the aesthetic-affective openness to material vitality, that undoubtedly exists everywhere but is ordinarily hidden.