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Martin Conreen

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer in Design
Department Design
Email m.conreen (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7792
Martin Conreen

Teaching

BA Design, MA Design – Critical Practice, MRes in Design, MPhil/PhD

Areas of supervision

PhD supervision topics
My research student supervision is located in the following broadly defined areas: Design practice; creative methods; phenomenology; materials; material culture; manufacturing and processing materials; materials innovation and materiality; sustainable design; user/object relationships.

Research Interests

Since spring 2005 my major research interest has been in the field of new and emerging materials. This interest extends to regular /traditional materials and those resources that are steadily depleting and soon to be a thing (material) of the past. This work has led to making speculative objects such as the “Crystacast proto-type thermochromic brick” for an exhibition of New materials,“Materials of invention, 100 years of construction innovation” at The Building centre London in June 2006 and speaking at the Materials of invention Conference, The Building centre London 26th June 2006 (paper titled ” New Materials”).
In a short period of time this work has led me to be invited to a number of networks as well as being a founder member and contributor to the materials library at Kings college London. The main focus of this work is to establish new and sustainable ways for artists and designers to understand and experiment with new and emerging materials. To invent new methods of production for some of these materials so as to make them safer and easier to work with. To co-create a materials library for the creative industries in the UK, particularly to enable artists, designers architects, etc to have access to materials as they emerge rather than when they are available in the distant future.

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Materials Library Takes on Ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2009. Materials Library Takes on Ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In: "Victoria & Alberta Museum", London, United Kingdom.

Hair
Conreen, Martin; Miodownik, Mark and Laughlin, Zoe. 2008. Hair. In: "Materials Library presents Hair", Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom, 2008.

Flesh
Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Z. and Miodownik, M.. 2007. Flesh. In: "Event in gallery space", Wellcome Trust, London, 09/11/2007.

Materials Library Presents: Tate Modern Rehang, Levels 3 and 5
Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Z. and Miodownik, M.. 2006. Materials Library Presents: Tate Modern Rehang, Levels 3 and 5. In: "Series of four performative investigations, events", Tate Modern, London, 06/11/2006 - 27/11/2006.

Designed, curated exhibition of staff and student work at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite)
Rosenberg, Terry E. and Conreen, Martin. 2001. Designed, curated exhibition of staff and student work at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite). In: "Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite)", Milan, Italy, 2-10th April 2001.

Conference or Workshop Item

Barbie and Furcaroui
Rosenberg, Terry E.; Hall, Sean and Conreen, Martin. 2002. 'Barbie and Furcaroui'. In: guest speakers at PARIP symposium. Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom.

Article

Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences
Wilkes, Sarah; Wongsriruksa, Supinya; Howes, Philip; Gamester, Richard; Witchel, Harry; Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2016. Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences. Materials & Design, 90, pp. 1228-1237. ISSN 0261-3069

The use of physical property data to predict the touch perception of materials
Conreen, Martin; Wongsriruksa, Supinya; Howes, Philip and Miodownik, Mark. 2012. The use of physical property data to predict the touch perception of materials. Materials & Design, 42, pp. 238-244. ISSN 0261-3069

The use of standard electrode potentials to predict the taste of solid metals
Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe; Miodownik, Mark and Witchel, Harry J.. 2011. The use of standard electrode potentials to predict the taste of solid metals. Food Quality and Preference, 22(7), pp. 628-637. ISSN 0950-3293

Audio

What Can The Matter Be?
Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2007. What Can The Matter Be?.

Book Section

Museum of the Self and Digital Death: An Emerging Curatorial Dilemma For Digital Hertitage
Pitsillides, Stacey; Jefferies, Janis K. and Conreen, Martin. 2012. Museum of the Self and Digital Death: An Emerging Curatorial Dilemma For Digital Hertitage. In: , ed. Heritage and Social Media: Understanding heritage in a participatory culture. New York: Routledge, pp. 56-69. ISBN 9780415616621

Performance

Launch event ‘The Sound of Materials’
Conreen, Martin. 2007. Launch event ‘The Sound of Materials’. In: "Launch event ‘The Sound of Materials’", Tate Modern, United Kingdom.