6 episodes

The Mater Podcast explores materials through the eyes of artists and researchers. Host Maddie Rose Hills invites two guests to speak together about a material central to their practice. We will be speaking with seed keepers, artists, geographers, media theorists, writers, philosophers, archaeologists, and curators about the materials that fascinate them. The podcast is created off the back of Mater, a research project initiated by Maddie in 2021. Mater commissions new writing on the subject of materials, as well as hosting artist interviews and exhibitions. More at @mater________ & https://mater.digital/
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The Mater Podcast Maddie Rose Hills

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The Mater Podcast explores materials through the eyes of artists and researchers. Host Maddie Rose Hills invites two guests to speak together about a material central to their practice. We will be speaking with seed keepers, artists, geographers, media theorists, writers, philosophers, archaeologists, and curators about the materials that fascinate them. The podcast is created off the back of Mater, a research project initiated by Maddie in 2021. Mater commissions new writing on the subject of materials, as well as hosting artist interviews and exhibitions. More at @mater________ & https://mater.digital/
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    Deep Time Matters with Miriam Sentler & Paulina Blaesild

    Deep Time Matters with Miriam Sentler & Paulina Blaesild

    This week I’m joined by Miriam Sentler and Paulina Blaesild, to speak about deep time matters, art, archeology and the act of swimming
    Miriam lives and works between Norway and the Netherlands. She is a contemporary artist and doctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo.. Her projects often result in long research trajectories, taking shape in different mediums like installations, audio, textile, video, photography, artist publications, and text. Sentler's interdisciplinary work emphasises the changing of landscapes, focussing on the cultural and environmental legacy of (fossil fuel) industries and the modern era.
    Paulina is a doctoral research fellow at the department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is a palaeoecologist and wetland archaeologist working with vegetation development studies and artistic practice to explore past and present ecological encounters, their interconnections and the mediatory effects of technology.
    This discussion highlighted to me the potential within having not just conversations but also working collaborations across disciplines.. Or even non-disciplinary spaces as Paulina mentioned - where you are not restricted by certain processes.. These in-between spaces create so much room for curiosity and productive exploration. 
    Miriam referenced the book Arts of Living on a damaged planet: https://www.upress.umn.edu/9781517902377/arts-of-living-on-a-damaged-planet/
    Find Miriam online at:
    www.miriamsentler.com 
    www.deeptimeagency.com 
    Find Paulina online at:
    Blaesild, P. (2024). Paulina Blaesild - Human-Environmental Interactions in Wetlands, Arkeologisk Forskningsseminar, Universitetet i Bergen (presentation, in Swedish).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVK4_Tp6D3Q
    Karlsson, M. (2021). Unik stenåldersmiljö grävs fram i Östergötland, Forskning och Framsteg (Interview, in Swedish). https://fof.se/artikel/2021/7/unik-stenaldersmiljo-gravs-fram-i-ostergotland/
    Larsdotter, A. (2021). Torvbrytning hotar fornmiljö. Populär Historia (Interview, in Swedish).
    https://popularhistoria.se/nyheter/torvbrytning-hotar-fornmiljo


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    • 45 min
    Images & Data with Abelardo Gil-Fournier & Jussi Parikka

    Images & Data with Abelardo Gil-Fournier & Jussi Parikka

    Jussi Parikka ( https://jussiparikka.net/ ) is a writer and media theorist. He is Professor of Digital Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University and Visiting Professor at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as well as the Winchester School of Art. He is the author of Insect Media, A Geology of Media, What is Media Archaeology?, and Operational Images. 
    Abelardo Gil-Fournier ( https://abelardogfournier.org/ ) is an artist and researcher. Originally trained in Physics, he holds a PhD in Arts from the Winchester School of Art (UK). His practice addresses the entwining of image surfaces with the living crust of the planet. His work encompasses different techniques, spanning from sound and video installations to computational processes such as machine learning, including assemblages where the living conflates with the animate.
    Together they have collaborated extensively, and their new book Living Surfaces: Images, Plants, and Environments of Media (can be found here) will be launching on 25th June. In this conversation they break down some of their thinking around the materiality of media being inherently connected to the sites they come from.. they talk about plants and living surfaces, of 'dynamic formations'. And how this book related to their practices as individuals.
    Link to the full text read at the beginning by Jussi Parikka, on Mater.digital: https://mater.digital/jussi-parikka/
     
    On Abelardo Gil-Fournier’s recent solo show at the Fundacion Cerezales- https://www.artforum.com/events/juan-jose-santos-mateo-abelardo-gil-fournier-fundacion-cerezales-2024-549901/
     
    Operational Images book- https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/operational-images
     
    Seed, Image, Ground video essay- https://www.fotomuseum.ch/en/situations-post/seed-image-ground/
    They talk about Elemental Media through an example of: how the emergence of photography introduced the question among botonists: What if plants are somehow living photographs on their own?

    Other people referenced throughout the conversations
    Esther Leslie, Synthetic Worlds 
    Nicole Starosielski - https://filmmedia.berkeley.edu/people/nicole-starosielski/
    Giuliana Bruno - https://afvs.fas.harvard.edu/people/giuliana-bruno
    Anna Tsing - Patchy Anthropocene - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efmf77F2oNM
    Harun Farocki - https://www.harunfarocki.de/home.html
    Anna Munster and Adriene Mackenzie On Their Invisualities
    J R Carpenter - https://luckysoap.com/criticalwriting.html


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    • 44 min
    Seeds with Zayaan Khan & Chris Keeve

    Seeds with Zayaan Khan & Chris Keeve

    Today on The Mater Podcast, we are speaking with Chris Keeve and Zayaan Khan.
    Chris is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky, their research has to do with seedkeeping, plant breeding, and agrobiodiversity conservation—the things that people do, or don’t do, with seeds.. and the things that seeds may or may not do on their own—in the face of legacies of racial capitalism in land and food systems. Their dissertation project involves participatory and collaborative work as a seed grower and organiser with multiple seed networks and seed and land justice projects in the U.S. Their work sheds light on the cooperative geographies of seed networks
    Zayaan Khan works in food justice, land justice, and seed justice as a storyteller and transdisciplinary artist based in South Africa. Drawing inspiration from the rich biodiversity of local landscapes and the enduring relationship between people, the land, and the sea. 
    She is also building the Seed Biblioteek, a seed library based in Cape Town, South Africa. Seh is a PhD Candidate in The Environmental Humanities South, University of Cape Town, South Africa, an interdisciplinary research cluster, focused on seed: "From seed-as-object to seed-as-relation."
    We speak about
    SeedworkLand reformSpiritual connection with the landThe land having a memorySouth AfricaKentuckyRematriation
    Find Zayaan Khan and Chris Keeve
    Follow us on Instagram or visit our website
    Other projects: Truelove Seeds, The Heirloom Collard Project


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    • 48 min
    Paint with Kirsty Buchanan and Safira Taylor

    Paint with Kirsty Buchanan and Safira Taylor

    One for the painters out there! This week on the Mater podcast I’m joined by two painters, Safira Taylor and Kirsty Buchanan. 
    Safira is an artist currently based in Amsterdam, her current focus is a long-term painting series titled ‘Mother Stands for Comfort’, exploring the intricacies of reproductive processes. Executed on vintage linen, these sheets bear a rich history predominantly passed down by women across generations. 
    Kirtsty Buchanan, also based in Amsterdam, makes paintings from compositions drawn from domestic scenarios or sketches from dream diaries. She is mostly interested in the realm of the domestic and how this space can influence use of material.
    We touch upon the vast subjects that are paint, canvas, linen, process, paint mediums, colour, pigments… so much more to go into within each of these aspects of painting - hopefully for future episode.
    Find them on Instagram at safira.taylor and kirstygraces
    Roy Oxlade book Art and Instinct 
    Amy Sillman Faux Pas
    Kate Bush Mother Stands for Comfort
    Glossary of Dying Terms:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_dyeing_terms
    Follow us on Instagram or visit our website


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    • 40 min
    The Thames Foreshore with Tom Chivers & Dr Claire Harris

    The Thames Foreshore with Tom Chivers & Dr Claire Harris

    For the first ever episode of The Mater Podcast, Tom Chivers and Dr Claire Harris come together to speak about The Thames Foreshore. Hosted by Maddie Rose Hills.  
    Tom Chivers is a writer, publisher and arts producer from South London. He has released two full collections of poetry, and his debut novel London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City, was published in 2021. The book journeys through personal, historical, mythic & geological tales of London beneath our feet. Tom writes that the book ‘is partial, subjective and incomplete; I am neither historian nor geographer, but write with a poet's compulsion for rumor and conjecture’.
    Tom is currently researching a phd entitled In the Flow of Things: Encounters with the Mudlarks of the Thames Foreshore.
    We also spoke with Dr Claire Harris, who is a palaeolithic and community archeologist. Currently in a position at the Museum of London Archeology as a member of the Thames Discovery Programme. Claire has previously worked as a curator and researcher at the British Museum, and is a research associate with the Pathways to Ancient Britain project. Previous collaborative projects have included ‘Neanderthals in Hackney: Exploring North London’s stone age past’.
    We spoke about what is going on down on the Thames Foreshore in London. The materials down there - sand, mud, silt, clay, human detritus.. We spoke about mudlarking, and the history that is visible when you are on the foreshore. We spoke about deep time, and palaeolithic London.. Community Archeology and finding a sense of belonging through sites such as these in the busy city
    Find Tom Chivers' Soundcloud with Thames sounds here
    Follow Tom on Instagram
    Find more work by Claire here
    Claire on LinkedIn
    A few notes about mudlarking and the foreshore: 
    Anyone searching the foreshore in any way for any reason requires permission from the Port of London Authority
    https://pla.co.uk/thames-foreshore-permits
    There are plenty of safety precautions to consider when on the foreshore, so make sure to do research this before visiting.
    Follow Mater here: mater________
    and mater.digital


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    • 51 min
    The Mater Podcast Trailer

    The Mater Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to The Mater Podcast, hosted by me, Maddie Rose Hills.
    I initiated Mater in 2021, as a research project driven by a fascination for how artists think about materials. In September 2021 I finished my Masters in Art and Material Histories, which left me feeling inspired by all of these artists and their amazing relationships with materials.. Through Mater, I began to broaden the research, looking at seed-keepers, philosophers, architects, curators, designers, geographers, ecologists, highlighting the tangled nature of the world of materials.
    Through this podcast we will be joined by new and old collaborators, and we'll be speaking about clay, seeds, glitter, paint, forests, pigments, milk, mould, water...
    I’m excited to go on this journey of curiosity and discovery, diving into the world of materials.. You can follow us on Instagram at Mater_______ And you can read all of the commissioned texts for free on our website at mater.digital.
    Thank you for listening, Bye!

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    • 1 min

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