Autorials and Acterials
The experimental series of Autorials and Acterials is part of the practice-based research project »Digital Materials«, that examines possibilities to make digital processes directly operative and tangible in physical materials and is located in the interdisciplinary field of Active Matter.
The first »Autorials« and »Acterials« are transformable viscoelastic fluids and soft rubber foams. The gels and foams react to different inputs (such as touch, moisture, heat) with different outputs (such as change of shape, texture, light transmission). The »Autorials« simply and stoically transform a predetermined action, whereas the »Acterials« redefine their output based on currently given physical information. The logic of detecting, interpreting, calculating and acting is here directly embodied in the material, enabling it to behave in a self-organised way.
Veronika Aumann is a textile designer and researcher focusing on physical interaction and transforming materials. Based on her previous work with responsive textiles and shape-change materials, i.a. in collaboration with Fraunhofer IZM and IWU and Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, she is currently working on the practice-based research project »Digital Materials«, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat and Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin.