Meta-Making and Me
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The position of ceramics within contemporary society is an example of meta - modernity at its finest, it is a field in a perpetual state of oscillation and plurality. Depending on your perspective, ceramics as a material practice is simultaneously endangered and yet, routinely declared as never more potent or valuable to society. The definition of Meta - modernity by cultural theorists, Timothies Vermuleun and Robin van Der Akker can be easily applied to contemporary ceramic practice ; it is that of a field hugely influenced by its heritage , but on the verge of significant departure. In their seminal text “Note on Metamodernism” Vermulen and van Der Akker describe their concept of meta: “ Meta, for us, signifies an oscillation, a swinging or swaying with and between future, present and past, here and there and somewhere; with and between ideals, mindsets, and positions. It is influenced by estimations of the past, imbued by experiences of the present, y et also inspired by expectat ions of the future. “ (1) This essay is an attempt to hold still this oscillating metronome for long enough to see how technological advances might influence the future of ceramic practice .
Murphy, I. (2017) 'Meta-Making and Me', In Livingstone, A. & Petrie, K. (ed.s) The Ceramics Reader. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp.486-493
Also presented at the Ceramics Reader Symposium. London, Makers Guild, 24th May 2017 and Ceramics and New Technologies Symposium. Bath, Holburne Museum, 26th February 2016
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