Open Space Event, 9 November 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Activarium
MoA's Showroom and Workspace

The struggle for the best ideas is also a social survival strategy, believes the design researcher Claudia Mareis. Her ideas are changing how we view design. | Image: Kostas Maros / 13Photo. Copyright: Horizons

7.12.2023
All is Design
Interview with Claudia Mareis in »Horizons – The Swiss Research Magazine«

Copyright: Matters of Activity

22.2.2024
Texture, Weaving and Natural Philosophy in the 17th Century
Michael Friedman Presents 1st Transcription, Translation and Study of Jungius' Unpublished Manuscript »Texturæ Contemplatio«

Cover Material Trajectories, 2023. Coypright Meson Press

23.2.2024
Future Ecologies | Material Trajectories. Designing With Care?
Book Launch on 23 February at Pro qm Bookstore

Image: Matt Harrop, Creative Commons License, https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4337398

11.4.2024–13.2.2024
Critical Times. Part II: Ecologies of Relation
Call for Participation until February 29

Copyright: MoA Design Research Studio »Beyond the Curtain« / Yu Li: A Diary of Cooking a Curtain 玉梨:一桌窗帘的生长日记 by Tin Qizhen Gao

13.2.2024
BEYOND THE CURTAIN. Creating Transient Environments
Final Presentations and Exhibition on 13 February 2024

Keyvisual Coding IxD

14.2.2024
Expanding:THE BODY
Interactive Exhibition of the Semester Project »Coding IxD« kicks off February 14 at Weizenbaum Institute
Open Science

From Left to Right:
Footprint in Cacao. Copyright: Matters of Activity
PhD project of Iva Rešetar. Copyright: Jens Ziehe
Weaving process of stripes of wild silk and indigo dyed cotton. Copyright: Laurence Douny
Extra-Cellular Matrix Liver at Experimental Surgery Lab. Copyright: Igor Sauer
Drawing showing the relation of the cerebral arteries. Copyright: Lucius Fekonja
Project »Performing Clouds«. Copyright: Clemens Winkler

Image in the background: Shubo (酒母), literally sake mother, is a starter culture that takes weeks to cultivate. Copyright: Maya Hey

5.3.2024–6.3.2024
On Human-Microbe Relations
Open Lecture and Workshop with Maya Hey

Leben machen. Die Zoëpolitik der synthetischen Biologie. Copyright: DeGruyter

1.10.2023
Leben machen. Die Zoëpolitik der synthetischen Biologie
Publikation von Clustermitglied Martin Müller Open Access veröffentlicht

Neuroscientists Melina Engelhardt and Robert Schenk grasping for brain tracts in our prototype at KGM, assisted by creative coder Warja Rybakova, December 2023. Foto: Maxime Le Calvé, Copyright: Matters of Activity

7.2.2024–9.2.2024
Micro-Phenomenology Crash Course
Detailed Workshop Program for 7-9 February 2024 Published. Register now!

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

Studentische Hilfskraft im Projekt »Symbolic Material« (m/w/d)
40h pro Monat, befristet bis 31. Dezember 2025 – MoA_01_2024 – Bewerbungsfrist bis 28. Februar 2024 – Beschäftigungsbeginn: 15. Mai 2024

MoA Design Research Studio »DeLIGHTful«, 2023/2024. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin

14.2.2024
deLIGHTful Interactions | eLab Studio Project
Final Presentations of MoA Design Studio at Weißensee School of Art and Design

Poster Symposium »Terra Morphosis II: Patterns«

26.1.2024
Terramorphosis II: Patterns
Symposium on the Intersection of the Biological, the Geological and the Digital

Frontispiz der Scienza Nuova von Giambattista Vico, Neapel 1730. Entwurf Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, umgesetzt von Antonio Baldi

25.1.2024
Aus dem Dunkel des wilden Denkens ins milde Licht der Vernunft
Video der Podiumsdiskussion mit Sabine Marienberg und Jürgen Trabant jetzt online

Microverse I-6, 2023. Copyright: Kathrin Linkersdorff

26.10.2023–21.1.2024
Microverse
Photographs Created by Kathrin Linkersdorff in Collaboration with Regine Hengge Exhibited at Deichtorhallen

MidJourney generated AI images for the prompts »architectured material across scales«, »topological interlocking«, »elastic instabilities« by Charlett Wenig | Poster Design: Node Berlin Oslo

13.12.2023–14.12.2023
Architectured Materials Across Scales
Registration is Closed

Cover of »Architectures of Weaving«: »Stone Web«. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin / Natascha Unger, Idalene Rapp

6.12.2023
Multidisciplinary Anthology Architectures of Weaving
Now Open Access

Plektonik Structural Textiles column – continuous wooden ›Active Yarns‹ 40 mm diameter loops. Copyright: Daniel Suárez & Natalija Miodragović

17.11.2023–31.1.2024
Design for Rethinking Resources
Cluster Members Beyer, Miodragović, Mossé and Suárez Publish in Proceedings of the UIA World Congress of Architects Copenhagen 2023

Open Space Event, 9 November 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

8.11.2023–9.11.2023
Open Space – Active Matter on Stage
MoA Opened its Doors

Gosia Lehmann, Breathless Choir. Copyright: CollActive Materials, Foto: Michelle Mantel

20.10.2023–9.11.2023
Bound through Air
A Report on the Exhibition »AIRBOUND. Sensing Collective Futures«

Syntopia 1:Soma I Body. Roland Halbe

13.11.2023
Cultures of Creation. »The Intelligence of Art« in Computational Design
Cluster Professor Karola Dierichs Holds Lecture at IntCDC on November 13

Workshop participants discussing T.J. Demos  recent book »Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today« with the author. »Critical Times« at »Matters of Activity«, 17 & 18 November 2023

17.11.2023–18.11.2023
Critical Times. Part I: Multiple Matter
Workshop with Contributions by T. J. Demos, Sandra Jasper, Kiran Pereira & David Weber-Krebs

Samples of Flax Fiber Bundles as a precursor for Architectural Yarns, adapted by Node Berlin/Oslo. Copyright: Maxie Schneider, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, weißensee school of art and design, Matters of Activity 

8.11.2023
Threads: Localities & Temporalities of a Fiber Bio-Economy
Activating Circular Networks Goes Berlin Science Week 2023

Copyright: Photo by My Walking Diary from Pexels

2.11.2023–22.2.2024
Worlds by Design. Mapping the Field of Interdisciplinary Design Studies
Online Lecture Series Organized by Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis

Brainroads. Copyright: Lene Zech

2.11.2023
Brain Roads
Exploring Neuroplasticity through Art and Science

Exhibition Opening »Airbound«, 19 October 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

19.10.2023–9.11.2023
Airbound. Sensing Collective Futures
Speculative Exhibition by the »CollActive Materials« Experimental Laboratory

Links: Detail des Himmels um die Darstellung der Asia im Deckenfresko Giovann Battista Tiepolos im Treppenhaus der Würzburger Residenz. Copyright: WikimediaCommons, Foto: Myriam Thyes, CC BY-SA 4.0; rechts: Kasimir Malewitsch, Das schwarze Quadrat, Öl auf Leinwand, 1915, Tretjakow-Galerie, Moskau. Copyright: Public Domain.

30.10.2023–12.2.2024
Licht und Dunkel
Cluster Co-Sprecher Horst Bredekamp und Olaf Müller über naturphilosophische und bildwissenschaftliche Perspektiven der Aufklärung

»Textile Gestures - Mapping Tactile Practices with Architectural Yarns«, Hand-on Workshop at Bauhaus Study Rooms. Copyright: Thomas Meyer

15.6.2023–16.6.2023
Textile Gestures - Mapping Tactile Practices with Architectural Yarns
Hand-on Workshop at Bauhaus Study Rooms

Design, Gestaltung, Formatività. Philosophies of Making. Copyright: Birkhäuser, 2022

15.9.2023
Design, Gestaltung, Formatività. Philosophies of Making
A Central Cluster Publication Edited by Patricia Ribault Released – Now Available Open Access

Syntopia 1—Soma I Body. Copyright: Karola Dierichs, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, weissensee academy of art and design and Matters of Activity

5.9.2023
Minimal Machines
Paper Published on Augmented Reality (AR) Framework

Unsteady Matter – Investigating Water-Based Design Pathways and 3D Printing Techniques for Hydrogel Composites. Copyright: Tairan (Aurora) Li, Daniel Suárez, Dr. Bastian Beyer

26.5.2023–31.7.2023
Unsteady Matter
Investigating Water-Based Design Pathways and 3D Printing Techniques for Hydrogel Composites

Brochures, doctoral presentations 2023. Layout: Ada Favaron. Project coordination: Franziska Wegener

27.6.2023
MATTERSCAPES. A Studio Visit
Doctoral Presentations on 27 June 2023

Bacterial cellulose curtain. Experiments: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar (design), Skander Hathroubi (microbiology). Photo: Bastian Beyer, adapted by Ada Favaron. Project coordination: Elisabeth Obermeier & Franziska Wegener

1.1.2019–31.12.2022
Cluster Report Now Available
Research Phase 2019–2022

Layout: Pilar Cebey. Photo: Javier Deyheralde

18.7.2023
Symbolic Dimensions of Platonic Polyhedra
Hands-on Workshop on 18 July 2023

Poster Workshop »Intercultural Views on Matter«, June 2023, Image: DALL•E, Sabine Marienberg. Copyright: Matters of Activity

28.6.2023–30.6.2023
Intercultural Views on Matter
Gemeinsamer Workshop des Exzellenzclusters mit der Akademie für Europäische Kulturen der Tongji Universität Shanghai

Fungi as Building Material. Copyright: Vera Meyer, MY-CO PLACE

12.5.2023–31.7.2023
MY-CO PLACE – Architecture of Sustainable Growth
Cluster Members Natalija Miodragović and Dimitra Almpani-Lekka Give Talk on Textile Architecture Associated with Mushrooms

Visual Bauhaus Study Rooms, International Network Meeting, 15+16 June 2023. Copyright: Bauhaus Dessau

15.6.2023–16.6.2023
Design Acts: Gestures of Performative Research
MoA Members Contribute to International Network Meeting with Bauhaus Dessau

Copyright: Mina Mahouti

1.6.2023
Talking Wool – Wool in Exchange
Activating Circular Networks Event Series Will Kick Off on 1 June at Uferhallen Wedding

Driving the Human Book Launch at Matters of Activity, 10 May 2023. Copyright: Camille Blake / Driving the Human

10.5.2023
Driving the Human: Seven Prototypes for Eco-social Renewal
Book Launch with Hand-On-Workshops, Guided Tours, a Talk, and Debates at Matters of Activity

Futures of Air. Copyright: CollActive Materials

6.5.2023–20.5.2023
Futures of Air
Speculative Workshop Series in May

Poster Lecture Series »Designing in Times of the Anthropocene«, 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

19.4.2023–12.7.2023
Designing in Times of the Anthropocene
New Online Lecture Series Organized by MoA Co-Director Claudia Mareis Starts on 19 April

Exhibition Opening DAOULA | sheen, 17.11.2022, Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin. Copyright: Matters of Activity

18.11.2022–30.6.2023
DAOULA | sheen
West African Wild Silk on its Way

Incandescent mantle for Continental lamps -- artificial silk. BBWA U3/31 Auergesellschaft/MSA Germany, No. F/14.

Filtering Oranienburg
Research Project Explores the History of the Town as a Radioactive Industrial Landscape

Panel Discussion Materials Matter, May 4th, 2022, Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity

13.1.2023
Materials Matter – Perspectives on Active Materials
Audio Broadcast of the Panel Discussion at the Humboldt Lab Online Now

Annual Conference »Deep Material Futures« at silent green, November 2022. Copyright: Michelle Mantel

16.11.2022–17.11.2022
Deep Material Futures
Exploring the Different Temporalities of Active Matter at MoA's Annual Conference, 16 November 2022

Panel »Interdeterminacy and Liveliness« at MoA Annual Conference »Tipping Points« 2021. Copyright: Matters of Activity

17.10.2022–16.11.2022
»Tipping Points« Now Part of MoA Virtual Cluster Space
View Conference Contributions of MoA Annual Conference 2021 in 360° Knowledge Rooms Now!
1.9.2022
What is our Future Made Of? Active Materials and Bio-Inspired Design
Episode 18 of the DFG Podcast Series »Exzellent Erklärt« Gives Insights Into Matters of Activity

Joining Perspectives on Haptics - Design Workshop Filtering 2022. Foto: Felix Rasehorn

14.3.2022–16.3.2022
Joining Perspectives on Haptics
Online Documentation of Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop

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

8.7.2022
Bioinspired Architectural and Architected Materials
Special Issue Edited by Cluster Members K. Razghandi, C. Sauer and P. Fratzl Out Now

Collection Overview - Tessellation Archive. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

13.6.2022–31.12.2022
Launch of the Tessellation Archive
An Online Collection of Tiled Tissues and Architectures from Across the Natural World

CollActive Materials Workshop. Copyright: CollActive Materials

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

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 (info@annevonpetersdorff.com) for Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

8.7.2021
Bacteria as Architects
Interview with Bastian Beyer and Skander Hathroubi

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

6.5.2021
Matters of Activity Film at Humboldt Lab
Cluster Video Online Now

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

Symbolic Material

Copyright: Matters of Activity

Material Form Function

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

Cutting

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

Object Space Agency

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

Weaving

Filters. Copyright: NODE Berlin Oslo

Filtering