Tom Dyckhoff learns about the thermochromic brick.
Dr Mark Miodownik, founder and head of the materials library at King's College London, shows Tom Dyckhoff a thermochromic brick. This can change colour to keep houses cooler in hot days.
Dr Mark Miodownik demonstrates how a phase changing material works
Dr Mark Miodownik is showing Tom Dyckhoff a phase changing material. This can help control the temperature in buildings by changing from solid to liquid, and vice versa.
Tom Dyckhoff explores the materials library at King's College London
It’s currently estimated that the materials library at King’s College London contains over a thousand building materials. Dr Mark Miodownik is showing Tom Dyckhoff an example of one of them.
Ben Lewis investigates the Future of Art
Contemporary art crystal-ball-gazing is the new small talk in the art world. If the palm-readers and shamans, who read the future in disembowelled animals, could predict the future of contemporary art that way, they would find themselves swiftly employed as art advisors in today’s art world (… Hold on, couldn’t that be a special installation at the next Frieze? I will bring one over from Brazil).
There is a widespread feeling we have reached a momentous turning point: that one era is over and another is about to start, as if we were at the transitional phase from Rococco to Romanticism, or Neo-classicism to Modernism.
Readymade still relevant?
In the absence of Shamanic guides, I decided to employ a bit of science, a poll to be precice.Take a look at the full survey (PDF, 207KB)
The idea was to see if the science of psychometrics could give any indication of what the next era of contemporary art might be...
I devised a questionnaire, took some advice from the experts at Ipsos MORI and Birkbeck College, made the questionnaire better, and finally emailed it to the art world. Myself and my team of workers contacted everyone we could think of within the art world; artists, gallery directors, curators, art critics, art students, gallerinas and public and private gallery staff, even collectors.
We needed to get at least 500 responses in order to be able to gain any insight from the data. Miraculously over 1000 people took part and 869 art world insiders completed the entire questionnaire (in my attempt to be thorough I had perhaps made it a bit long).
What did we find out? Well have a look at the results, published here in full.
- Interviewed Guest
- Marcus du Sautoy
- Interviewed Guest
- Conrad Shawcross
- Production Manager
- Emma Fowler
- Andrew Graham-Dixon
- Ben Lewis
- Will Self
- Tom Dyckhoff
- Michael Smith
- Mark Kermode
- Clemency Burton-Hill
- Emily Kennedy
- Emma Causac
- Executive Producer
- Janet Lee