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Ice with Zoe Laughlin

This interview comes as a pair of episodes which were recorded in front of a live audience at the Harrison Pub in Kings Cross. The episodes feature conversations between Anna and Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Making, artist, designer and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin about ice. Zoe regaled us with a multitude of materials anecdotes, and we attempted several live experiments involving freezing things. The most popular of these was liquid nitrogen ice cream, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience in the break. Later we took questions from the audience which are featured in the bonus material episode.

About Zoe

Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter to large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her work has also been shown in London’s Science Museum and is included in the new permanent collection of The Design Museum. Her particular areas of interest and research are currently Materials Farming, The Performativity of Matter and the sound and taste of materials. She can often be found giving theatrical demonstration lectures or making programmes for both radio and television.

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