Annual theme "Power of Material/Politics of Materiality" 

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2012/13)



The Ecology of Materials

with Tim Ingold and Max Lamb


Max Lamb



Tim Ingold



Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen since 1999. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organization in the circumpolar North, on evolutionary theory, human-animal relations, language and tool use, environmental perception and skilled practice. He is currently exploring issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture and pleads for a reunification of theory and praxis. Among his latest publications is Making (Routledge 2013).


Max Lamb explores materials in unconventional ways. The British designer questions the customary perception of materialities and their processing. Lamb studied three-dimensional design at the University of Northumbria and Product Design at the Royal College of Art, London. He is running a design studio in the North of London. Amongst his works are pieces of furniture and objects for labels such as Deadgood and Makers and Brothers, as well as individual pieces for the design gallery Libby Sellers in London and Johnson Trading Gallery in New York. Since 2012 he is teaching at the department of Product Design at the Royal College of Art.