Model and Mathematics
Open Access Volume by Editors Michael Friedman and Karin Krauthausen Published Now

Thread model by Hermann Wiener of a cone of third order and genus 0. Copyright: Collection of Mathematical Models and Instruments at Georg-August-University Göttingen, all rights reserved

Bacterial Cellulose: Co-Weaving Biofilms
An Installation for the Triennale XXIII: »Unknown Unknows, An Introduction to Mysteries«

MoA Project »Bacterial Cellulose: Co-Weaving Biofilms« at the Milano Triennale 2022. Copyright: Triennale Milano – photo by DSL Studio

Frictioned Functionality. Un/Designing Un/Sustainable Matter
Extended Deadline: Apply for MoA's Interdisciplinary Autumn School until 19 August

Poster »Frictioned Functionality«. Copyright: Matters of Activity

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 9.8.2022
RT @JohnNyakatura: VERY pleased to see that the Journal of Anatomy chose our study for the cover of their next issue. Want to learn about c…
Growing Sensescapes
Open Design Master's Students' Projects Exhibited at Humboldt Lab

Flyer MOD at Humboldt Lab Event. Copyright: June Audirac

Bioinspired Architectural and Architected Materials
Special Issue Edited by Cluster Members K. Razghandi, C. Sauer and P. Fratzl Out Now

Multiscale architectures. Left: the wooden tower of Lake Mjøsa, Norway Reproduced with permission from [1]. Copyright: Voll Arkitekter AS & Ricardo Foto. Right: the internal structure of wood based on parallel tube-like wood cells with diameters in the range of tens of microns (shown for several wood species from top to bottom). The white arrow points to a sketch where nanometer-thick cellulose fibrils are indicated by black lines [2] John Wiley & Sons. Copyright: 2020 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH GmbH

PhD Student in Civil Engineering and/ or Architectural Design »Material Form Function« (m/f/d)
E 13 Position From 2023-01-01 Limited Until 2025-12-31

The Bark Project Flexibilized. Copyright: MPICI and Patrick Walter

Embodied Interaction (2): Heliobolici
Small Solar Self-Suppliers

KonsOasis. Copyright: An Guoliu

Active Materials
Central Cluster Anthology Published on 20 December 2021

Cover of publication »Active Materials«, edited by: Peter Fratzl, Michael Friedman, Karin Krauthausen and Wolfgang Schäffner. Published December 2021. Copyright: De Gruyter


ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 9.8.2022
#MoA is organizing its 1st #AutumnSchool and we're looking forward to your applications. We explicitly encourage ap…
Relaunch of the Cube of Physics
Exhibition Opened of New Sculpture and Media Station at the Long Night of the Sciences 2022

Cube of Physics, Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Copyright: studio gid

Launch of the Tessellation Archive
An Online Collection of Tiled Tissues and Architectures from Across the Natural World

Collection Overview - Tessellation Archive. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

Award for Horst Bredekamp
Cluster Co-Director Receives the XXI Premio Internazionale Flaiano For His Study of Michelangelo's Life and Work
Computational Material Culture in Architecture
Lecture Series Continues with a Talk by Achim Menges

Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Cécile Bidan and Salif Sawadogo, adapted by NODE Berlin

Open House at Weißensee School of Art and Design 2022
Matters of Activity Involved in Many Projects Presented

Flyer Open House 2022. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin.

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 4.8.2022
A clear recommendation: Take the time to listen to the new episode of the podcast series #exzellenterklaert and lea…
Forests as Techno-Natures: Translating Digital Environmental Subjects
Robert Stock Gives Talk at EASST 2022 »The Politics of Technoscientific Futures«

Nursery stock of spruce (2+0) for afforestation. Credits: wikimedia commons / adapted by Matters of Activity

Matters of Activity at the Long Night of the Sciences
Lectures and Talks with Regine Hengge, Wolfgang Schäffner, and Matthias Staudacher

»Active Curtain Project« at the exhibition »After Nature« at Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Minimal Machines 2 – Hygroscopic Hemp
Final Presentation of MoA Design Research Studio

Minimal Machines 2 – Hygroscopic Hemp. Copyright: Nuri Kang / weißensee school of art and design berlin, Image: Karola Dierichs / weißensee school of art and design berlin, Matters of Activity.

Konrad Polthier Receives John A. Gregory Award

Portrait Konrad Polthier. Credits: Konrad Polthier

Dis/Entangling Material Futures
Lecture Series by Cluster Co-Director Claudia Mareis Continues

Dis/Entangling Material Futures. Copyright: Claudia Mareis

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 19.7.2022
How do practices of »filtering«– technical, racial, cultural, political, environmental, and otherwise – produce the…
Joining Perspectives on Haptics
Online Documentation of Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop

Design Workshop. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

stretching senses school festival
VR Worldings for Planetary Emergency at Tieranatomisches Theater

Poster Stretching Senses School Festival. Image »Subterenaen Matters« Baris Pekcagliyan, Warja Rybakova, Nayeli Vega, Paulina Greta, adapted by NODE Berlin. Copyright: Matters of Activity


Premiere of the VR Dance Film »Paar«
On June 9th in the Tieranatomisches Theater

Paar. Copyright: Gamelab Berlin

FriBriX @ Structural Paper Workshop
MoA Members Maxie Schneider, Jojo Shone and Lorenzo Guiducci Contributed to Bauwende Festival 2022

The Pergola at Rundgang Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin. Copyright: Maxie Schneider/ Matters of Activity

Wearing Worlds at Laborastories
Yoonha Kim Presents Her Research at the Berlin Cluster of Excellence Event at Mall Anders

Flyer »Storytelling« at Mall Anders. Copyright: Mall Anders

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 18.7.2022
We're hiring! We're looking for a #phdcandidate from the fields of #civilengineering or #architectural #design to s…
CollActive Materials at Mall Anders
Join the Pop-up Materials Lab in Wilma Shopping Mall on May 20th and 21st and Bring your Kids!

Flyer CollActive Materials at Mall Anders. Copyright: CollActive Materials

What are Futures Made of?
The Experimental Laboratory »CollActive Materials«

CollActive Materials Workshop. Copyright: CollActive Materials

On Gestaltung
Lecture Series at Weißensee School of Art and Design Continues

Poster »On Gestaltung«. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin

Viral Theatres: Pandemic Past/Hybrid Futures
Exhibition Organized Together with ExC Temporal Communities

Poster »Viral Theatres: Pandemic Past/Hybrid Futures«. Copyright: Francesca Sciarmella

Materials Matter
Conversation and Workshop about Central Cluster Anthology »Active Materials«

Poster Materials Matter. Copyright: Matters of Activity

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 12.7.2022
Don't miss today's lecture by #AchimMenges, Director of @EXC_IntCDC. No registration is needed. Just stop by at Sop…
Limits of Formalization (»Grenzen der Formalisierung«)
New Publication by Cluster Members Michael Friedman and Angelika Seppi

Cover Publication »Grenzen der Formalisierung«. Copyright: Spector Books

Tendons as Strong as Wire Ropes?
A Team of MPICI Researchers Discovers New Properties of Collagen

Collagen fiber bundle after mineralization with bone mineral calcium phosphate under an electron microscope. Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Nelli Singer Awarded Two Reputable Prices for her Master Thesis »Living Beings«

Nelli Singer working on the knitted active structures. The design and geometry of the stitches within the knitted structure are responsible for the different reactions at increased moisture content Copyright: Nelli Singer 2020

Atem / Breath. Gestalterische, ökologische und soziale Dimensionen / Morphological, Ecological and Social Dimensions
New Anthology Co-edited by Cluster Member Iva Rešetar

Cover of the publication »Atem/Breath. Gestalterische, ökologische und soziale Dimensionen/ Morphological, Ecological and Social Dimensions«, edited by Linn Burchert and Iva Rešetar.

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 7.7.2022
RT @cjaw_art: And for the last talk we go comprehensive and interdisciplinary ... tessellation across biology from Jana Ciecierska-Holmes @
Materials of the Future
MoA Member Bastian Beyer and Daniel Suarez led Workshop on Biocalcification hosted by Aurélie Mossé at École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs Paris

Workshop on Biocalcification led by Bastian Beyer and Daniel Suarez at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs Paris, March 2022. Copyright: Daniel Suarez

How do Tumors in the Motor System Affect the Structural Connectome?
New Findings by MoA Researcher Lucius Fekonja and Colleagues Published in »Communications Biology«

Distribution of the patients’ lesions. Copyright: Lucius Fekonja

The Interdisciplinary World of Tangling
Conference Organized by Cluster Members Myfanwy Evans and Rhoslyn Coles

Poster »The Interdisciplinary World of Tangling«. Copyright: Myfwany Evans

Young International Fellows at the Cluster
Award for Cluster Member Joseph Vogl
Günther Anders Prize for Critical Thinking 2022

Copyright: Michelle Mantel, Matters of Activity

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 4.7.2022
📌 Save the date: Next Tuesday, 12 July 2022, at 4:15 pm, we will welcome Achim Menges with a talk on »Computational…
Exhibition »Stretching Materialities«
Hidden Activities in Objects and Spaces at Tieranatomisches Theater

MoA Exhibition »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design

What Role Does Speech Melody Play in the Listener's Processing of Information?
New Investigations on Speech Act Understanding by MoA Members Published in Cerebral Cortex

Copyright: The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press

Sound Symbolism in Humans
MoA Member Friedemann Pulvermüller Involved in Significant International Study

Kanzi, a bonobo (Pan paniscus), performing a match-to-sample task at his home Ape Initiative
in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Print-screen from: Margiotoudi K et al., Proc. R. Soc. B, February 2022 ( [see online video materials].

The Power of Water
Postponed to May: A Workshop on Water as a Unique Element in Conservation

The power of water. Copyright: Johanna Hoffmann and Lisa Herold

STEM on a Mission
Cluster Members Mario Cypko and Julia Blumenthal on a Career in Medical Informatics and What 3D Printing Has to Do With That

STEM on a mission: medical informatics. Copyright: MINT Magie (Familie Redlich for Bundesministerium for Education & Research)

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 24.6.2022
You can also live stream the lectures from your balcony or pool via our website although Tieranatomisches Theater i…
»Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«
New Science Podcast of All Clusters of Excellence Now Online

Podcast »Exzellent erklärt«, Episode 1: Tactile Internet. Copyright: Exzellenz erklärt; Image: CeTI/TU Dresden

Tipping Points: Plastic, Contingent and Unstable Matters
Annual Conference of the Cluster on 16 & 17 November

Tipping Points. Copyright: Josef Luis Pelz & NODE Berlin Oslo

Bacteria as Architects
Interview with Bastian Beyer and Skander Hathroubi

Still from Interview with Bastian Beyer and Skander Hathroubi showing the making of parts of the »Active Curtain Project« shown at the exhibition »After Nature« at Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Anne von Petersdorff ( for Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Matters of Activity Film at Humboldt Lab
Cluster Video Online Now

All 7 Berlin Clusters of Excellence are represented with a film at the foyer at Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Can Bacteria Spin a Yarn? We Need a New Culture of Materials
Cluster Members Opened Event Series »MitWissenschaft/ WeSearch« at the Humboldt Forum

Can Bacteria Spin a Yarn? Kick-Off event »MitWissenschaft/ WeSearch«, Humboldt Forum Berlin, 29 April 2021. Copyright: Humbolt Forum

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 24.6.2022
At 6.15 pm today the #stretchingsensesschool festival continues with a lecture by @the_eco_thought &
Passivity Matters! Transience and Conservation Practices. Examples from the 18th Century until Today: A Talk by Nina Samuel

Berlin Museum of Medical History at Charité in 360° – Knowledge Room of MoA’s Virtual Cluster Space. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Joint Project of The Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity« and »Science of Intelligence«: Wenn Materie lebendig wird
New Funding for Experimental Laboratories of Science Communication from the Berlin University Alliance

Copyright: Felix Noak, ExC Science of Intelligence

Soft Fibrous Structures: Spatial Concepts for Cellulose Biofilms: A Talk by Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar

Bacterial Cellulose Environment in 360° – Knowledge room for the lecture »Soft Fibrous Structures: Spatial Concepts for Cellulose Biofilms«. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Natural Active Materials: A Talk by Peter Fratzl

MicroCT Laboratory at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam in 360° – Knowledge Room of MoA’s Virtual Cluster Space. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Welcome to our Virtual Cluster Space

3D Anchor Room of Annual Conference. Design by Helen Galliker and Object Space Agency. Copyright: Matters of Activity

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 24.6.2022
Take your chance to visit the exhibition of #stretchingsensesschool festival until tomorrow at…
Symbolic Material

Symbolic Material. Copyright: Myfanwy Evans, adapted by NODE Berlin Oslo

Material Form Function

Copyright: Matters of Activity

MoA Blog
Launch of a New Publishing Platform

Copyright: Matters of Activity

New Research Group »Adaptive Fibrous Materials«
Members Charlett Wenig and Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten Were Awarded 2nd Place at Idea Competition of »Die Junge Akademie« for »The Bark Project«

»The Bark Project«, Charlett Wenig. Copyright: Patrick Walter, MPIKG

Exploring Filtering
A Short Project on the Filtering Process

Exploring Fitering. Copyright: Veronika Aumann, Thomas Ness

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 23.6.2022
RT @DominicBoyer: Calling all virtual worldlings! One Tim Morton and I will be appearing in hyposubject form on June 24th to offer an eveni…

Fiber tractography delineating the white matter of the brain. Copyright: Lucius Fekonja, adapted by NODE Berlin Oslo.

Object Space Agency

Flour Cloud. Copyright: Clemens Winkler, adapted by NODE Berlin Oslo

Where Analog Solutions are More Efficient than Digital Ones
Interview with Peter Fratzl in Austrian »DerStandard«

Cellulose in E. coli biofilm. Copyright: Diego Serra & Regine Hengge, adapted by NODE Berlin Oslo.

ExC Matters of Activity
@exc_moa, 23.6.2022
@lmesseri We're happy to have you and are much looking forward to your talk today at 6.15 pm at #stretchingsensesschool festival!

Filters. Copyright: NODE Berlin Oslo