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ar·ti·fact       ˈärdəfakt/


1a : an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

synonyms: relic, article, invention, result, "as a result of". 


2a :  ​something observed in a scientific investigation or experiment that is not naturally present but occurs as a result of the preparative or investigative procedure.

3a : a usually simple object (such as a tool or ornament) showing human workmanship or modification as distinguished from a natural object;  especially : an object remaining from a particular period.

3b : something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend, or individual ​

3c : something or someone arising from or associated with an earlier time especially when regarded as no longer appropriate, relevant, or important

Material Artifact serves as a platform for applied studio research by architectural educator Marcus Farr.  The studio is interested in disseminating project based research that discusses and advances our thinking toward the made environment and how we teach, experiment, learn, design, and make, specifically with technology and material.  Research has involved historic masonry practices, sand, earth, rubble, sod, turf, and metal with digital fabrication methods and augmented construction.
The studio is especially interested in how we investigate and connect to the environment around us and how we can leverage the mundane, ordinary patterns of context by re-introducing that information with heightened perspective.  By doing so, this thinking affects matters of material reference & assemblage.
We look at concepts of natural histories and the inevitable forces of nature, weather & age as processes for creating physical objects and sensory experiences.  
We work wherever there is suitable commission to explore these roles through academic, artistic or architectural medium. Along with built commissions, we offer workshops, academic seminars & lectures. 

© 2018 Marcus Farr  /  Material Artifact LLC  |  Studio Architecture / Art Practices                                                                                              

Dubai, United Arab Emirates  |  contact:

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