Against the background of contemporary debates on the semantics of materials, the project aims at a theory of interactions, transfers and interferences of different materials in artistic media.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Practices and Theories in the Arts
  • Research unit Art as Research: artistic creation and epistemologies
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.04.2009 - 31.03.2013
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Thomas Strässle
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Thomas Strässle
  • Keywords Material semantics, Intermateriality, Interaction, Transfer, Interference


The project claims to establish a new dimension of material culture studies, namely the paradigm of intermateriality.


Monograph "Materiality/Intermateriality", to be published by Reclam in 2011.