The Object Research Lab

relational thingness

A first moment of presentation – 28, 29, 30, 31 January 2010

The Object Research Lab aims to chart the contemporary thought and approaches about objects. Finding these contact points and moments of exchange that could translate in a visual research that in itself could be made applicable to artistic practice and design.

The first working phase of the Object Research Lab took place at the M4 guest studio in Amsterdam from August 2009 to January 2010.

During this period encounters took place in a studio high up over the rooftops of Amsterdam within a constructed setting of human and non-human actors. Here Artists, Archeologists, Art objects, Pre objects, Amateur objects, Design objects, Philosophers, Sociologists and Designers have been busy formulating the necessary questions when it comes to (the future of) things. They brought in their respective skills and vulnerabilities to the Research Lab in order to find new ways of thinking with things. During and after each encounter in this series, the team at the Object Research Lab started to translate the ideas generated into three dimensional and textual forms – building up various trees, bodies and approaches to ideas of materially-engaged art practice.

Invited guests and contributors were: Emilie Gomart, Dieter Roelstraete, Clare Butcher, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Willem van Weelden, Sher Doruff, Hermann Pitz, Ronald van Tienhoven, Robert Stijn, Frans Poelstra, Christel Vesters, René Welker, Maartje Hoogsteyns, Tine Melzer, Kasper Andreasson, Sophie Krier, Fiona Candlin, Noortje Marres, Lucy Kimbell, Jurgen Bey, Michael Portnoy, Ann Meskens, Maartje Hoogsteyns, Nikolaus Gangsterer, Zoe Laughlin and Alexander Kraemer.

A project by Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

Location M4 guest studio, Da Costakade 158 IV, 1053 XC Amsterdam

Opening times: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January on appointment, mail to On 30th and 31st January open from 1 pm to 8 pm. On Sunday 31st January we will serve soup and drinks around 4 pm and there will be a special presentation. The Object Research Lab will then continue to develop throughout the year 2010 on various locations. This project has been kindly supported by Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) and by M4 studio foundation.

Object Research Lab is busy behind the scenes


Thing Labour – by Maartje Hoogsteyns

Ding Labor

Wat is een ding?
Wanneer is iets een ding?
Wat is er voor nodig om een ding te zijn?

Deze  vragen kunnen we op twee manieren benaderen:

–        In ruime zin:

Wat is een ding versus een niet-ding (zoals mens)?

–        In nauwe zin:

op welke wijze onderscheidt een specifiek ding, zoals een koffiekopje of de beerput, zich van een ander ding (of  niet-ding)?

Deze twee vragen brengen ons bij elk eigen vragen en onderwerpen.  Ik begin met de tweede vraag; die is wat concreter (en dus handzamer?). Read the rest of this entry »

Visual evidence

The Object Reader Eds. Fiona Candlin, Raiford Guins

The Object Reader Eds. Fiona Candlin, Raiford Guins

Note taking during the ORL discussion session

Note taking during the ORL discussion session

Mario Biagioli - Harvard University takes a blurb to be educated abroad

Mario Biagioli – Harvard University takes a blurb to be educated abroad

Genevieve Teil - INRA University takes "X" on another journey

Genevieve Teil - INRA University takes "X" on another journey

The Object Research Lab goes to Manchester

Session 101 – wednesday 2nd September – 11 am – 1 pm.

presentation of Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Independent visual artist, Emilie Gomart, Independent writer and curator, Dieter Roelstraete, independent writer an curator, and Clare Butcher, curator at CRESC 5th Annual Conference 2009: Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change, 1-4 September 2009, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. University of Manchester.

The Object Research Lab:

We want to design and present in real time, in front of people ‘s eyes, an encounter of humans and objects. There are no papers given, or read about.

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