''Living our daily lives we are constantly, inevitably surrounded by, using, dependent on and creating materials - processed materials, natural materials, waste materials''
Hands.on.matter is an explorative collective, consisting of material and product designer Tim van der Loo (NL) and techno-anthropologist Sandra Nicoline Nielsen (DK), working with materials and circular economy.
Hands.on.matter unfolds the potentials of novel as well as traditional materials and production techniques as an outset for questioning resource use, consumption, sustainability and material culture of our current time. Through material workshops, talks and collaborative projects hands.on.matter seeks to push forward sustainable practices in the field of art and design
We met at a yearly festival on circular economy in Berlin. Through a shared purpose of creating more sustainable and meaningful material paths we started off in the autumn of 2018 by facilitating a bimonthly event series at The Institute of Endotic Research in Neukölln.
Our work with circular material thinking puts its emphasis on post consumer and biobased materials. We see these materials as an outset for questioning our current culture and material politics. We apply material studies on surfaces and structures to create and facilitate utilitarian objects, installations and events.