Workshop filtration and porosity: between processes and materialities

Workshop, Brice Ammar-Khodja, Natalia Baudoin, Alice Jarry, Bertrand Lemonnier.
Environmental, material and digital filtration; Porosity; Membranes; Moulding; Data; Collaborative and distributed practices.
From 21 to 28 June 2021, 10:00-13:00 / 14:00 – 18:00 – Concordia: Speculative Life Biolab (EV. 10.835) and Speculative Life Cluster Commons (EV. 10.625), Haute École des Arts du Rhin: Hear Atelier Volume et Design, EnsadLab: Rooms 306 – 308 ENSAD

Filtration is a process that allows the separation of elements of a heterogeneous flow through a porous element. This can take tangible forms (e.g. filtration of fluids, gases and solids by osmosis, retention, absorption or isolation) or be embodied in digital processes (e.g. sound filtration; electronic sensor or optical filter). In this research-creation workshop, the operative dimension of filtration is combined with the material aspect of porosity. Beyond a ‘separation’, filtration will be considered as a form of circulation and exchange between different media, be they social, environmental, informational or methodological (Jarry, 2019). In this context, the traces, flows and residues that characterise this process will open up an ecological reflection seeking to activate new ways of acting with materiality and the environment.   

This collaborative workshop is co-organized by researchers and students from Concordia University (Speculative Life Biolab, Institut Milieux, dir. Alice Jarry), EnsadLab (laboratory of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – Université PSL, Paris) and the Haute École des Arts du Rhin (Bertrand Lemonnier). Participants will engage with the processes and materials at work in the different research groups such as moulding (casting, ceramics, recycling, clay), air filtration and filtering membranes (dir. Alice Jarry, FRQSC 2020-2023) and materials such as salt in its different forms, among others. The practical dimension of the workshops will be supervised by each of the laboratories and a bibliography will be provided to participants wishing to deepen a more theoretical component. Throughout the week, online meetings will allow for the sharing of knowledge and a common reflection between the three universities. A restitution will take place on zoom on Monday 28 at 16:30 [FR] – 10:30 [CAN]. 

Organising committee: Brice Ammar-Khodja, Natalia Baudoin, Alice Jarry, Bertrand Lemonnier.