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Tracing Oranienburg. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Tracing Oranienburg. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Editorial Dear Friends of »Matters of Activity«,

With this month's issue of the CZ#, we would like to invite you once again to visit our showroom »Activarium« during the new opening hours every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. We are also delighted to point out really comprehensive reviews of some of our activities and are looking forward to upcoming events at the Cluster and beyond. We invite you to an open lecture with Maya Hey about fermentation and human-microbe relations and to the start of a workshop series at Futurium Lab, which »Matters of Activity« and »CollActive Materials« are organizing, exploring future material alternatives.

Happy reading!
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

Liebe Freund:innen von »Matters of Activity«,

mit dieser Ausgabe der CZ# möchten wir Euch noch einmal einladen, zu den neuen Öffnungszeiten jeden Dienstagvormittag und Donnerstagnachmittag unseren neuen Showroom »Activarium« zu besuchen. Außerdem freuen wir uns sehr über umfassende Rückblicke auf einige Cluster-Aktivitäten sowie auf bevorstehende Veranstaltungen am  Cluster und darüber hinaus. Wir laden Euch ein zu einem öffentlichen Vortrag mit Maya Hey über Fermentation und die Beziehung von Mensch und Mikroben sowie zum Start einer Workshop-Reihe im Futurium Lab, die von »Matters of Activity« und »CollActive Materials« organisiert wird und sich mit zukünftigen Materialalternativen beschäftigt.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen!
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

Activarium
MoA's Showroom and Workspace
Open Space Event, 9 November 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Activarium, 9 November 2023. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Science Communication | Air | Sand | Bacteria | Cellulose | Cloud | Fungi/Mycelium | Hemp | Prototype / Model | Stretching Materialities | Material Legacies | Daoula Sheen | Textiles | Tree Bark | Yarns/Fibers | XR | Willow | Wool | Water | Wood With the »Activarium«, we want to actively engage with potential partners from the industry, start-ups, NGOs, politics and society as a whole to initiate an exploratory exchange on active materials, bio- & culture-inspired innovation as well as sustainability approaches. We want visitors to experience our prototypes to make MoA’s intentions and research tangible and accessible. The »Activarium« serves as a work-in-progress showcase of different research strands and processes. Our visitors can dive into the research as it's happening, before its published results. Walk in and experience the »Activarium« Tuesdays, 10.00 am–12.15 pm or Thursdays, 2.00–4.00 pm! If you are a group of more than 5 people or if the opening hours do not fit your schedule, please contact us via moa.activarium@hu-berlin.de to schedule a visit! → more

The Ethnographer as a Smuggler of Atmospheres
Maxime Le Calvé Gave Two Talks at the Sorbonne in Paris
Université Panthéon Sorbonne, photo: Maxime Le Calvé. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Université Panthéon Sorbonne, photo: Maxime Le Calvé. Copyright: Matters of Activity

23.2.2024

Cutting | Object Space Agency Last month, Cluster member Maxime Le Calvé was invited to give two talks at the Sorbonne in Paris around the notion of atmospheres in relation to his graphic anthropology practice. Maxime has contributed to importing this notion from German aesthetics to French social sciences, among others with a translation of a reference text by Gernot Böhme in 2018 and the co-edited volume »Exercises d’ambiance.« His new pieces argue for atmospheres' agency on the ethnographer's knowledge production process. → more

Tracing Tainted Environments: Legacies of Oranienburg
Online Documentation of Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop Available Now
Intro, Excursion Filtering Oranienburg, 2023. Foto: Sybille Neumeyer.

Excursion Filtering Oranienburg, 2023. photo: Sybille Neumeyer.

23.2.2024

Filtering | Toxics | Waste | Temporality In March 2023, an interdisciplinary team from design, computer science, art, and cultural studies examined various concepts of dealing with radioactive waste and the historical environmental impact of the industrial site of Oranienburg. While exploring the history of radioactive legacies in Oranienburg, we were confronted with different types of information: traces of the former industrial sites and bombings, symbols, maps, or signs of cleaning and securing as well as memorials as part of today's culture of remembrance. Oranienburg, with its multi-layered historical legacies, but also the land activations that have taken place, thus offered a concrete environment for the workshop questions as a field of research and experimentation. The group now published detailed documentation of the workshop. → more

Workshop »Revealing Traces« by Dr. Linda Hirsch, 2023, Foto: Sybille Neumeyer
Excursion Filtering Oranienburg, March 2023, Foto: Michelle Müller.
Left: Workshop »Revealing Traces« by Dr. Linda Hirsch, 2023, photo: Sybille Neumeyer. Right: Excursion Filtering Oranienburg, 2023, photo: Michelle Müller.
On Site-Writing with Technologies of Capture and Micro Phenomenology
New Workshop Reports Published
Micro Phenomenology Crash Course, Workshop 7-9 February 2024, Stone game by Katrin Heimann. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé.

Micro Phenomenology Crash Course, Workshop 7-9 February 2024, Stone game by Katrin Heimann. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé.

News | Filtering | Object Space Agency | XR Two exciting workshops have taken place over the past few months and the reports are now available.
On December 13th-15th, MoA members Maxime Le Calvé and Claudia Banz hosted a three-day workshop → Site-Writing with Technologies of Capture at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. With the contribution of Charité's SpecLab, MELT (Ren Loren Britton + Iz Paehr), and Shauna Janssen from Concordia University, the workshop aimed at an intensive exploration of how visitors can experience the material processes and the work of craftspeople through immersive installations. The event marked the start of the »Quasi-Makers« event series at KGM.
The → Micro-Phenomenology Crash Course from February 7th-9th, 2024 focused on exploring lived experiences. Organized by Zeynep Akbal and Maxime Le Calvé, and instructed by Katrin Heimann, Associate Professor at the School of Culture and Society - Interacting Minds Centre of Aarhus University, the event also addressed MP as a possible method to co-design, collect, and evaluate the impressions of Virtual Reality experiences. Participants were introduced to micro-phenomenology as a method for dissecting first-person experiences, emphasizing the technique's utility in detailed interviews about subjective experiences.

BEYOND THE CURTAIN. Creating Transient Environments
Documentation of the Final Presentations and Exhibition
»Yu Li, a diary of cooking a curtain« by Tin Qizhen Gao, detail of curtain. Copyright: Mareike Stoll for MoA Design Research Studio Beyond the Curtain
»Yu Li, a diary of cooking a curtain« by Tin Qizhen Gao, performance still. Copyright: Mareike Stoll for MoA Design Research Studio Beyond the Curtain
»Filter« by Yi Jin. Copyright: C. Sauer for MoA Design Research Studio Beyond the Curtain
»Indeterminacy« by Min Joo Kim. Copyright: C. Sauer for MoA Design Research Studio Beyond the Curtain
Exhibited works at the final presentation of MoA Design Research Studio »BEYOND THE CURTAIN. Creating Transient Environments«
13.2.2024

Weaving | Material Form Function | MoA Design Research Studio | Teaching | Textiles The Final Presentations of the MoA Design Research Studio »BEYOND THE CURTAIN. Creating Transient Environments« took place on February 13, 2024, at the Foyer of the Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin. The MoA Design Research Studio »BEYOND THE CURTAIN. Creating Transient Environments« explored curtains as active spatial elements. Within the framework of the semester project, numerous inspiring and convincing works were developed. → more

On Human-Microbe Relations
Open Lecture and Workshop with Maya Hey
Image in the background: Shubo (酒母), literally sake mother, is a starter culture that takes weeks to cultivate. Copyright: Maya Hey

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

Weaving | Bacteria | More-Than-Human | Doctoral Program Don't miss our events with Maya Hey, an expert on human–microbe relations in food settings with degrees in dietetics, food studies, and communications. In the open lecture on March 5th and the workshop on March 6th, she will focus on fermentation as a hands-on practice for knowing microbes and working with them. The workshop is already fully booked - there is a waiting list! → more

Materialzukünfte besuchen: Smartes Material für überhitzte Städte
Workshop Series at Futurium
Thermography shows the effect of shading and the influence of solar radiation on surface temperatures. Copyright: Maxie Schneider

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

14.3.2024

Climate | Cellulose | Biofilm | Collactive Materials | Science Communication | Prototype / Model | Speculative Design | Yarns/Fibers Gestaltet das Futurium Lab selbst mit! In der öffentlichen Workshopreihe »OPEN LAB ABEND: Materialzukünfte besuchen« spekuliert ihr darüber, aus welchen Materialien die Welt von morgen gemacht sein könnte. Die Workshopreihe umfasst 4 Termine und findet von März bis Juni im Futurium statt. Forschende von »Matters of Activity« (MoA) geben euch einen Einblick in ihre Arbeit. Davon ausgehend entwickelt ihr Zukunftsszenarien und gestaltet Prototypen, die im Anschluss zusammen mit Objekten aus der MoA-Forschung im Lab ausgestellt werden. Begleitet werdet ihr dabei vom spekulationserfahrenen Team von »CollActive Materials« - ab 14, keine Vorkenntnisse oder besondere Skills nötig! It’s getting hot in here... In diesem ersten Workshop geht es darum, wie wir mit smarten Materialien die Städte der Zukunft gestalten können. Im Sommer machen steigende Temperaturen, Metall und Beton das Leben in der Innenstadt für alle Bewohnenden immer mehr zur Herausforderung. Welche Materialien schaffen Abhilfe in überhitzten Städten? → more

Critical Times. Part II: Ecologies of Relation
Workshop 11 to 13 April 2024
Image: Matt Harrop, Creative Commons License, https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4337398

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

11.4.2024–13.4.2024

Material Form Function | Temporality The workshop »Critical Times. Part II: Ecologies of Relation« unfolds a critical conversation, contesting linear conceptions of time, reductionist notions of materiality, and teleological solutionism, by focusing on ecologies and relations. Either term, ecology and relation, has received much attention over the last decade, especially in the arts, design, and humanities. Researchers from the humanities, social science, as well as arts and design, are invited to engage in a discussion about critical times and materialities, postcolonial and posthuman critique, non-European perspectives, and notions of »deep time« of materialities. → more