Science Communication

Wege zur Professur
Vera Meyer zu Gast in neuester Folge des BUA-Podcast »Spot ON«

Visual Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2024

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2024
Auch Matters of Activity lädt am 22. Juni wieder zu spannenden Einblicken ein
Exzellentes Pub Quiz
Die sieben Berliner Exzellenzcluster laden zum Miträtseln ein
Forum Wissenswerte: Neue (und alte) Baumaterialien
Gesprächsrunde der Technologiestiftung Berlin mit Christiane Sauer nun in Mediathek abrufbar

Mykoplektonik by Natalija Miodragović and Dimitra Almpani-Lekka. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Growing Architecture - Co-Designing with Fungi
Last Open Lab Evening of the Series »Visiting Material Futures« at the Futurium

Photo: Stefan Klenke

Wissensvermittlung mit Virtual Reality
Interview mit Christian Stein im Rahmen der Reihe »Die BUA und ich«

Copyright: Francisca José Rodrigues & Gilmar Rodrigues

Field/Works II at EASA 2024
Call for Submissions 14 June

Gestalten mit Cellulose, Wasser und Luft. Copyright: Eva Bullermann

Magic Machines aus Bio-Plastik
Nächster Open Lab Abend der Reihe »Materialzukünfte besuchen« im Futurium

Ausstellung »Visiting Material Futures«, Futurium 2024. Copyright: David von Becker

Visiting Material Futures
Pop-up Exhibition at Futurium

Multispecies Design Symposium March 2024, Kunstgewerbemuseum. Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Multispecies Design
Save the Date for Symposium and Project Launch at Kunstgewerbemuseum

Thermography shows the effect of shading and the influence of solar radiation on surface temperatures. Copyright: Maxie Schneider

Materialzukünfte besuchen: Smartes Material für überhitzte Städte
Workshop Series at Futurium

Charlett Wenig, Bark Sphere, 2021. Copyright: Alexander Magerl

Materialzukünfte besuchen
Matters of Activity und CollActive Materials starten Kooperation mit Futurium Lab

Copyright: Rasa Weber

Breathe. Diving with the Medusa
Rasa Weber spricht bei »Humano Biotop II« im Roten Salon
La Liga de la Ciencia
Heidi Jalkh Presents her Research in Argentinian TV

GOLD Textiles from collagen. Image: Denny Sachtleben WINT Design Lab

Felix Rasehorn Awarded for the Project »GOLD Bio-Textiles for Sustainability«
Ecodesign Award 2023

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

Open Space – Active Matter on Stage
MoA Opened its Doors

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 

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

Poster with Abstract Visual Associations. Copyright: Rüdiger Wenk

Cybernetic Auditive Associations
Lecture Performance Organized by »Object Space Agency« During Berlin Science Week 2023

Brainroads. Copyright: Lene Zech

Brain Roads
Exploring Neuroplasticity through Art and Science
Clear the Stage for Science
Science Slam of All Berlin Clusters during Berlin Science Week

Interview mit Martin Müller, Tagesspiegel, 22. Oktober 2023. Copyright: Tagesspiegel

»An der Luft entscheidet sich die Klimakrise«
Martin Müller im Interview mit dem Tagesspiegel

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

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

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

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

Participatory Forum »Art-Science-Collaborations« at ZKM

Babette Werner at »Art-Science-Collaborations: Establishing a Research Agenda«
Participatory Forum at ZKM Karlruhe
Welt als Entwurf. Gestaltung im Kontext sozialer, politischer und ökologischer Probleme
Claudia Mareis spricht auf Auricher Wissenschaftstagen

Poster Exzellentes Pub-Quiz, Long Night of the Sciences 2023, designed by Neurocure. Copyright: Neurocure.

Exzellentes Pub-Quiz
Berliner Exzellenzcluster laden zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften ein

Copyright: Nadezhda Moryak

Virtual Reality Memory Challenge: Are Your Senses Ready?
Presentation at the Long Night of the Sciences 2023

Hybride Formen. Copyright: Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch

Hybrid Forms
A Participative, Artistic-Research Theater Piece of the Master's Program »Spiel und Objekt«, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, Taught by Clemens Winkler

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

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

Futures of Air
Speculative Workshop Series in May

Design: NODE, adapted by Franziska Wegener

Find Your Science Communication Style
A Workshop Series for MoA PhDs and Postdocs

Design Impact Conference 2023, Image: Superwood by Sofia Soudi, Jana Grewe. Copyright: DesignFarmBerlin

DesignFarm Impact Conference
Joining Forces for Digital and Material Innovations

Exhibition »Materiales en Expansión«, Buenos Aires, March 2023. Structural Textile Project: Miodragović, Suarez, Singer, Object Space Agency; Complex Web Structures by Daniela Castillo. Copyright: Christian Stein

Stretching Materialities | Materiales en Expansión
Exhibition Opened at Universidad de Buenos Aires | Exposición Inaugurada en la Universidad de Buenos Aires

Round Table »On Fibres amd Mixtures«. Foto: Michelle Mantel. Design: studioeins, adapted by »Matters of Activity«

Round Table »On Fibers and Mixtures«
At Kunstgewerbemuseum on 23 February

LEFT: DAOULA | sheen. West African Wild Silk on Its Way. Exhibition View in the Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2022. Copyright: Karola Dierichs | MoA; RIGHT: MoA Research Prototype 1 | Minimal Machines. Construction Process. Copyright: Sebastián Plaza Kutzbach | khb

Weaving with the Data Glove - From the Cocoon into the Computer and Back Again
Live-Demonstration and Press Tour in the Exhibition »DAOULA | sheen«

Round Table »Poetics and Politics of Sand«. Design: studioeins, adapted by Matters of Activity

Round Table »Politics and Poetics of Sand«
On 9 February at Kunstgewerbemuseum

Poster »System Ausstellung«. Foto: Johannes Berger. Layout: NODE adapted by Marie-Luise Trabandt

Panel Discussion »System Ausstellung«
Hans Dieter Zimmermann, Nina Samuel and Felix Sattler in Conversation on 4 February

Round Table »Rinde: Gestaltung mit Resten«. Design: studioeins, adapted by Matters of Activity

Round Table »Rinde: Gestaltung mit Resten«
On January 26 at Kunstgewerbemuseum

Stone Web. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin/ Natascha Unger & Idalene Rapp

Book Launch of »Architectures of Weaving«
Roundtable Discussion with Editors and Contributors of the Multidisciplinary Anthology

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

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

Roundtable »Vascularization«. Design: studioeins, adapted by MoA

Round Table »On the Fabrication of Organs: Vascular Structures, Medical Needs and Critical Speculations«
On 12 January 2023 at Kunstgewerbemuseum

Round Table »Tesselated Material Systems«. Design: studioeins, adapted by Matters of Activity

Round Table »Tessellated Material Systems«
On December 8 at Kunstgewerbemuseum

Self-Shaping Textiles. Design: studioeins

Round Table »Self-Shaping Textiles at the Intersection of Fashion, Architecture and Technology«
On 24 November at Kunstgewerbemuseum

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

DAOULA | sheen
West African Wild Silk on its Way

Poster of the exhibition »Sprache im technischen Zeitalter«

Interactive VR Installation »Die Umgebung der Wörter - Ausstellung eines Romans«
Vernissage on 17 November within the Exhibition »Sprache im technischen Zeitalter«

Poster Material Legacies. Image: Dietrich Polenz and the Experimental Surgery Lab, 2020

Design Lab #13: Material Legacies
Exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum

»Dissect« Event at Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin, 02.11.2022. Foto: Alexandra Ruppert. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Dissect Events at Tieranatomisches Theater

Dissect event, »Behavioral Matter« symposium, 29/03/2019 © Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)

Berlin Science Week 2022
MoA Involved with Several Events

Tagesspiegel Special Neurology: Copyright: Tagesspiegel

What the Material Tells Us
Cutting Portrayed in Tagesspiegel Special Neurology

Leben im Schleim. Copyright: FASZ

MoA Highlighted in Many Different News Outlets
Read about MoA in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung, the Purpose Magazine, The Praxis Journal and Tagesspiegel

Poster PhD presentations 2022. Layout: Ada Favaron

Scaling Matters: From the Lab to the Field
Doctoral Presentations at the MoA Retreat 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

Flyer MOD at Humboldt Lab Event. Copyright: June Audirac

Growing Sensescapes
Open Design Master's Students' Projects Exhibited at Humboldt Lab

Master Students and Visitors at the »Growing Sensecapes« event in the Humboldt Lab. Photo: Carmen Gloria Cuello Quintana.

Growing Sensecapes
Open Design Master's Students' Projects Exhibited at Humboldt Lab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relaunch of the Cube of Physics
Exhibition Opened of New Sculpture and Media Station at the Long Night of the Sciences 2022

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

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

Flyer CollActive Materials at Mall Anders. Copyright: CollActive Materials

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 »Meet the Scientist« at Mall Anders. Copyright: Mall Anders

Mastering Digital Cutting in Robot-Assisted Surgery
Dominic Eger Domingos Presents His Research at the Berlin Cluster of Excellence Event at Mall Anders

Poster Materials Matter. Copyright: Matters of Activity

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

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

Joining Perspectives on Haptics
Online Documentation of Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop

Logo Humboldt Hören. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Possibilities of the Game
MoA Member Thomas Lilge Featured in New Episode of HU Podcast Series

Karin Krauthausen in conversation with Milo Rau. Copyright: Mosse Lectures, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Performance and Politics
MoA Member Karin Krauthausen in Conversation with Milo Rau at the Mosse Lectures

Image Podcast Optimal neuro|spine. Copyright: 2022 Optimal neuro|spine

Podcast Optimal Neuro|spine – Episode with Thomas Picht on Digital Neurosurgery
Cluster Professor Interviewed by US-American Neurosurgeon and Podcaster Max Boakye

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

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

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

Tipping Points: Plastic, Contingent and Unstable Matters
Annual Conference of the Cluster on 16 & 17 November
Berlin Science Week 2021
MoA Members Contributed to the International Science Festival in Early November

The desk of Paul Valéry with a cahier (workbook), ca. 1935. Copyright: Laure Albin-Guillot / Roger-Viollet; Centre Pompidou

Variety of Viewpoints
MoA Member Karin Krauthausen in Conversation about Paul Valéry on the Occasion of the Philosopher's 150th Birthday

Poster virtual symposium »Material Negotiations«. Copyright: Julia Lohmann, adapted by NODE Berlin

Material Negotiations: Practices of Biodesign
Virtual Symposium on 8 October

Visual Recording Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2021. Copyright: Lorna Schütte for »Wissenschaft im Dialog«

Virtual Cluster Space as Best Practice in Science Communication
Project Introduction at »Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation« 2021

Teaserpicture DRHR2021. Copyright: Ravi Kumar / Unsplash.

Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene
Registration Open Until 3 September 2021

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

»Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«
New Science Podcast of All Clusters of Excellence Now Online

»Stone Web« (Design: Idalene Rapp and Natasha Unger) at the exhibition »After Nature« at Humboldt Labor. Copyright: Matters of Activity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Research Wall »Scripts«. Copyright: schnellebuntebilder | Exhibition Architecture. Copyright: Inside Outside | Petra Blaisse

Humboldt Lab Finally Open to the Public
Exhibition Opening »After Nature« on 20 July 2021

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

Being Material – A Short History of Mattering Matter at MIT and Beyond
Media Theorist Marie-Pier Boucher at Next »Talking Matters« Event

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

Bacteria as Architects
Interview with Bastian Beyer and Skander Hathroubi

Architectures of Weaving. Copyright: Xingwen Pan, weißensee school of art and design berlin; NODE Berlin Oslo

Architectures of Weaving
A Virtual Event Organized by the Project »Weaving«

Banner Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design

Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«
Getting a Glimpse of the Exhibition

Banner »Times of Waste«. Copyright: Rory Witt

Times of Waste – Handling Matter
Symposium conceptualized and Curated by the Research Team »Times of Waste« at FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel, in Collaboration with MoA and Kunstgewerbemuseum

Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles«: Liquid Lacquer. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin / Luis Magg | Bacterial cellulose curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar

3D Fabrication of Biologically Inspired Structures
»Talking Matters« Lecture Series Continues with a Talk by Materials Scientist James Weaver

Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Lucius Fekonja, Bastian Beyer, Iva Rešetar, adapted by NODE Berlin

The Superviscous Body
Ingolf Sack Holds Second Lecture at »Talking Matters«

Website DRHA Digital Matters. Copyright: Lucius Fekonja

Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene
Call for Participation for the 25th Digital Research in Humanities and Arts Conference

Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Lucius Fekonja, Bastian Beyer, Iva Rešetar, adapted by NODE Berlin

Talking Matters
Online Lecture Series of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«

»Material Trajectories. Designing with Care« Annual Conference of the Annual Conference of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF). Copyright: DGTF

Material Trajectories. Designing with Care
Annual Conference of the German Society for Design Theory and Research in Berlin on 6–8 May 2021

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

Matters of Activity Film at Humboldt Lab
Cluster Video Online Now

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

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

Copyright: Felix Noak, ExC Science of Intelligence

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

Key Visual MoA Annual Conference. Copyright: Matters of Activity

The Analog in The Digital Age
Our Virtual Space was launched 11 November and Remains Open

Botanical Comrades. Copyright: Berlin Science Week

Botanical Comrades 植物同志 Plants Practice Politics
Regine Hengge and Zheng Bo are Part of Berlin Science Week

Hypertopia. Copyright: State Studio

Cluster Member Martin Müller as Co-Curator of Digital Field Trip with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Josef Settele

Building Tangled Structures through Experimental Geometry and Topology. Copyright: Myfanwy Evans, Institute for Mathematics, University of Potsdam

Myfanwy Evans: Building Tangled Structures through Experimental Geometry and Topology
A Zoom Lecture on 20 October 2020, 5.00 pm

Conference »Coworking Materials«: Sophia Höretzeder, Chemical Aesthetics, 2020. Sophia Höretzeder is a B.A. graduate of Fashion & Technology Studies at Kunstuniversität Linz. Copyright: Sophia Höretzeder, Kunstuniversität Linz

Coworking Materials. Für einen aktiven Materialismus
Joint Conference of the International Research Center for Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz and »Matters of Activity«

»Wir sind Humboldt«. Image brochure of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Fotos: Matthias Heyde, Grafic Design: Weserloh Media. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

We Are Humboldt
»Matters of Activity« in the New Image Brochure of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

TA Tour 360°. Copyright: Tieranatomisches Theater

TA Tour 360°
Veterinary Anatomy Theater (Tieranatomisches Theater) Now Accessable in Virtual 360°
CANCELED / Long Night of the Sciences
The Smartest Night of the Year

Copyright: GameLab Berlin

Playing Against the Crisis With »Singleton #WirBleibenZuHause«
Game Researchers from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Become Solution Enabler for »WirVsVirus«

MoA Members wearing masks during the Corona crises. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«

Spread Masks not the Virus
Support the Initiative @we_can_stop_corona

Corrosion preparation, vessels of the left hand (red plastic). Preparators: Klaws (Kiel) and Heuckendorf (Berlin), 2003. Collection of »Fächerverbund Anatomie der Charité Berlin«. Copyright: Veterinary Anatomy Theater (Tieranatomisches Theater)

Closed but Open
Veterinary Anatomy Theater Shows Exhibition »Meshwork of Things« Online

Photo: Barbara Herrenkind. Copyright:

Art, Colonialism, and an Anti-colonial Legacy: The Blind Spots in our Politics of Memory
Jakob Augstein in Conversation with Horst Bredekamp

Stone Web – Spatial module system made from basalt fibre at the weissensee academy of art berlin (Idalene Rapp, Natascha-Katharina Unger, Christiane Sauer). Copyright: weissensee academy of art berlin, I. Rapp, N. Unger


Nature as Source of Inspiration
The Innovation Potential of Bio-inspired Materials
Meshwork of Things – Sammlungsschaufenster at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
New Permanent Exhibition in the Veterinary Anatomy Theater
Atem (Breath)
Conference at the Department of Art & Visual History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
»Vom Gesellschaftsleben der Objekte«
The social life of objects and »Behavioral Matter« in »Wie wollen wir zusammen leben?« (How do we Want to Life Together?)
Publication Launch »Nature of Perception – Art of Deception«
9 April 2019

Workshop Behavioral Matter. Copyright: Patricia Ribault

Behavioral Matter
Workshop from 15 to 17 March 2019
Playing Tricks with Perception
Lecture Series »Nature of deception – Art of Illusion« on 11 February 2019
How Knowledge Influences Our Perception – Insights from the Neurosciences
Lecture Series »Nature of Deception – Art of Illusion«

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

Cluster Report Now Available
Research Phase 2019–2022

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

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