Vibrant Matter is an art-research project focusing on understanding climate change through artistic means. The project
team consists of Bernhard Sommer, Zeynep Aksöz Balzar, Galo Moncayo Asan and Mark Balzar, who are based in the Institute of
Architecture in University of Applied Arts.
Vibrant Matter understands
urban nature as an unification of biological and technological components that exist in symbiosis within the same environment.
This project aims to draw a holistic image of climate change and its implications on urban nature, by understanding the relationship
between these different actors. The main question becomes how atmospheric effects influence the living and non-living participants
of the urban realm and how will they adapt to climate change.
of climatic conditions has various effects on population and population density. We can observe a direct relationship between
the world distribution of urban sprawl and the respected isotherms, zones on the earth's surface that share similar climatic
characteristics. It is part of the argument that these isotherms are constantly moving and put tension on the current state
of urbanization. Society can only use two strategies: Moving with the isotherm or adapting to the new climatic conditions.
By visiting and observing diverse actors in cities that remain in extreme climatic
zones, this project aims to understand the principles of adaptation to changing energetic conditions.
New ways of measuring urban sensations will be investigated, by developing an apparatus for capturing
the energy flows and transforming this information as raw material for art production. Information such as ultrasonic waves
and infrared waves which are very important in animal and botanical life, however, they are not accessible through our senses.
Phenomena such as climate change are hard to understand, as it is perceivable only through our personal history and experiences.
Consequently, a new method of surveying the urban realm is proposed, by perceiving
the built environment and its inhabitants as equal vibrant matter, by synergizing disciplines such as science, art, and architecture
in relation to society, biology, and technology. To cover the diverse topics addressed in the project, the team includes experts
of whom each individual has a hybrid background with broad core experience in the fields of urbanism, architecture, energy,
data-analysis, robotics, AI, and arts.
Art has the power to augment the
human experience by extending the limits of sensory impressions. Vibrant Matter aims to produce novel and intriguing experiences
that communicate the observed phenomena. Consequently, the narratives developed along the lifetime of the project will illuminate
the influence of climate change to its respected environment.