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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik received his BA in Materials Science from St Catherine's College, Oxford in 1992, and his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. He is now Head of the Materials Research Group at King's College London. His main research expertese is in self-healing materials and biological tissues. In 2001 he organised and chaired a talk series at the ICA on 'Aesthetics in the Arts and Sciences'. In 2003 he was awarded a NESTA fellowship to develop a Materials Library as interaction space for designers, architects and artists to collaborate with materials scientists. In 2005 he co-organised and chaired two seminars at the Tate Modern on the influence of new materials on the arts. In 2006 he co-designed Afterimage, an installation in the Hayward Gallery which is part of the Dan Flavin retrospective showing from Jan - April 2006. He has been appointed as one of the judges of the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for 2008.

Zoe Laughlin

Zoe Laughlin is the curator of the Materials Library; devising, creating and co-ordinating Materials Library events and projects, as well as maintaining the space and tending to the needs of the materials. She holds a BA in Performance Studies from University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design. She is currently studying for a PhD in the Division of Engineering's Materials Research Group at King's College London. Her research interests include the sound of materials, the performativity of matter, and the relationship between objects and materials. In 2005 she co-curated the Impermanence materials demonstration at Tate Modern. In 2006 Zoe co-devised and curated The Essence of Fluorescence at the Hayward Gallery, and produced Materials Library Presents Tate Modern. 2007 saw Zoe co-present The Sound of Materials at Tate Modern, followed by What Can The Matter Be?, the Materials Library podcast for Tate Modern. A degree of documentation pertaining to Materials Library projects and Zoe's own practice can be found on her {website}.

Martin Conreen

Martin Conreen is a lecturer in design. He received his BA from Goldsmiths College in Fine Art/Sculpture in 1984.His interest in materials and making, led him to work in numerous design fields including furniture design, silver smithing, set building and shoe making to name but a few. He came to the Goldsmiths Design department first as a visiting tutor, later becoming Head of Department up until July 2005. Martin's research has focused upon material culture, human behavior and the role of objects in human relationships. Martin's research interests also include contemporary art, emerging materials and methods of production in art and design. He currently has an LCASE funded project "What goes around comes around" to investigate the use of non-traditional snap fast materials (ecological and non-toxic) for rota-moulding proto-types. He has contributed to the development of several new BA and MA programmes. Most recently a new degree programme with the Engineering Department of Queen Mary University to bridge the gap between Engineering, Art and Design. From Oct 2005 - Oct 2006 he has been appointed a visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London. In 2006 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.