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Dear Visitor,

DMA TER is a design and research practice located in an online art studio. Probing the theme “dematerialization”, DMA TER currently analyses ways in which interrelationships of environment, technology and culture affect design and architecture.

Dematerialization: noun (Wikipedia)
Dematerialization (economics) - the reduction in the quantity of materials required to serve economic functions
(doing more with less).
Dematerialization of the art object - an idea in conceptual art where the art object is no longer material.
Dematerialization (products) - using less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality.

Operating since 2014, the online art studio functioned as a blog for conceptual collaboration through sketchbook notes shared between Italy and the USA. The medium of a website as a spatial compression, or normalization of inputs, provided a way of uniting concept and medium. In 2015, based in the USA, DMA TER evolved into a playground for co-constructing artworks online and in situ. The artworks in turn lead to a series of critical publications about contemporary design and architecture. It is from their writings that they were invited to attend the Arts, Letters and Numbers summer artists’ residency in 2016.

Currently Genevieve and Elio are embarking on a 365 Day Australia Experiment, to juxtapose DMA TER concepts within a new context. Through 2017, DMA TER will expand to include a broadcast studio van circumnavigating Australia.

We want to hear from you! We are always excited to meet new people and explore new ideas. We look for opportunities to experience the Internet applied in new ways, to stay current in how artists utilize digital tools, and to advocate for rights to digital public space.

Kindest regards,

gen elio sigs

Elio Icaza BFA, Industrial Design + Genevieve Marsh BFA, BArch


gen and elio

Living Texts

This selected bibliography comprises writings that have been major influences on our work. Please send us a message if you’re inspired by what you see or have recommendations for our minds. We love to read- especially circa 2000 works!

Citizen Designer
  • Topgaard, Richard, Elissabet M. Nilsson, and Pelle Ehn. Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy. MIT, 2014.
  • Vienne, Veronique, and Steven Heller, editors. Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility. SVA, 2003.
  • Bohm, David. Wholeness and the Implicate Order. 2nd ed., Routledge, 2002.
  • Calvino, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Mariner Books, 2016.
  • McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Ginko Press, 2003.
  • Schafer, R. Murray. The Soundscape: The Tuning of the World. Destiny Books, 1993.
  • Byrne, David. How Music Works. Canongate Books Ltd., 2013.
  • Essays by David Gersten, Arts, Letters, and Numbers & Cooper Union


DMA TER has been involved with a number of arts and culture organizations. They provide platforms for the growth of our work, through their wonderful events, online resources, and people.