Talk: Material Fiction, Bauhaus University Weimar

Material Fiction

Lecture at the

Bauhaus University Weimar.
Faculty of Art and Design

June 14, 2018

Material is the stuff of which the things that surround us are made. What could be more tangible, more real, than material? Fiction, on the other hand, stands for the imagined, the unreal and insubstantial, which exists only in our imagination. The lecture presents exemplary strategies of how we tie material and imagination together in science and everyday culture. It will be shown that fictions are extremely useful precisely when we want to act purposefully. Fictions are to be understood as tools that make purposeful thinking possible in the first place.