Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
»The Analog in the Digital Age« Key Visual MoA Annual Conference, 11 November 2020.<br />
From Left to Right: Medallion commemorating Lorenzo de’ Medici: Felt hat and two daggers, after 1537. Copyright: Arthor’s Archive; E. Coli Colony Biofilm. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«; Bacterial Curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar; Crochet Model of a Hyperbolic Plains. Copyright: Regine Hengge; Wax Mulages. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«.
»The Analog in the Digital Age« Key Visual MoA Annual Conference, 11 November 2020.
From Left to Right: Medallion commemorating Lorenzo de’ Medici: Felt hat and two daggers, after 1537. Copyright: Arthor’s Archive; E. Coli Colony Biofilm. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«; Bacterial Curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar; Crochet Model of a Hyperbolic Plains. Copyright: Regine Hengge; Wax Mulages. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«.

Editorial Dear friends of »Matters of Activity«,

Welcome back after the summer break! We hope you enjoyed the summertime and some relaxing days, especially after this demanding first half of the year. We're kicking off the second half with lots of exciting online events and many calls we invite you to apply for.

We are very much looking forward to the rest of 2020, especially to our first Annual Conference, which will take place in an experimental virtual format this year.

Happy reading, stay healthy and take care
Antje Nestler, Eva Schmidt and Franziska Wegener

Liebe Freund*innen von »Matters of Activity«,

willkommen zurück nach der Sommerpause! Wir hoffen, ihr konntet die Sommerzeit und einige erholsame Tage genießen, besonders nach einer anstrengenden ersten Jahreshälfte. Nun starten wir mit vielen spannenden Online-Veranstaltungen und spannenden Calls in den zweiten Teil des Jahres.

Wir freuen uns sehr auf den Rest des Jahres 2020, insbesondere auf unsere erste Jahreskonferenz, die dieses Jahr in einem experimentellen, virtuellen Format stattfinden wird.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen, bleibt  gesund und passt auf euch auf!
Antje Nestler, Eva Schmidt und Franziska Wegener

We Are Humboldt
»Matters of Activity« in the New Image Brochure of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
»Wir sind Humboldt«. Image brochure of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Fotos: Matthias Heyde, Grafic Design: Weserloh Media. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
»Wir sind Humboldt«. Image brochure of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Fotos: Matthias Heyde, Grafic Design: Weserloh Media. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

News | Publication Entitled »Wir Gestalten. Material World«, the Cluster research is represented by two contributions in the new HU image brochure. The materials scientist Lorenzo Guiducci, the professor of textile and surface design Christiane Sauer and the literary scholar Karin Krauthausen are giving a brief and concise insight into the thematic fields and interdisciplinary cooperation of the Cluster. → more

Unter dem Titel »Wir Gestalten. Material World« ist die Clusterforschung  mit zwei Beiträgen in der neuen Imagebroschüre der HU repräsentiert. Der Materialwissenschaftler Lorenzo Guiducci, die Professorin für Textil- und flächenforschung Christiane Sauer und die Literaturwissenschaftlerin Karin Krauthausen, geben einen kurzen und prägnanten Einblick in die Themenfelder und interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit des Clusters.

The Human Liver Matrisome
Journal »Biomaterials« Accepted Paper by A. Daneshgar, O. Klein, G. Nebrich, M. Weinhart, P. Tang, A. Arnold, I. Ullah, J. Pohl, S. Moosburner, N. Raschzok, B. Strücker, M. Bahra, J. Pratschke, I.M. Sauer, and K.H. Hillebrandt
Biomaterials, Vol. 257, October 2020. Copyright: Elsevier
Biomaterials, Vol. 257, October 2020. Copyright: Elsevier

News | Publication Together with their colleagues, Cluster members Johann Pratschke, Igor Sauer and Marie Weinhart published the paper »The human liver matrisome. Proteomic analysis of native and fibrotic human liver extracellular matrices for organ engineering approaches« in the international and highly ranked journal »Biomaterials«. → more

Copyright in Academic Work. An Overview for Research, Teaching and Libraries
New Guideline by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

News Working with digital content is a matter of course for science and teaching today. Scientists evaluate texts to gain new insights, they use images and videos to convey content, and they share their research results with the entire world via the Internet. But what do researchers, teachers and students need to bear in mind? The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has compiled the most important questions and answers - in the detailed guideline ↗ Copyright in Academic Work, which explains the most important regulations on copyright for education and research in a practical and understandable way.

Das Arbeiten mit digitalen Inhalten ist für die Wissenschaft und die Lehre heute ganz selbstverständlich. Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler werten Texte aus, um neue Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen; sie nutzen Bilder und Videos, um Inhalte zu vermitteln und sie teilen ihre Forschungsergebnisse über das Internet mit der ganzen Welt. Doch was müssen Forschende, Lehrende und Lernende dabei beachten? Dazu hat das Bundesforschungsministerium die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten zusammengestellt – in der detaillierten Handreichung ↗ Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft sowie in einer ↗ FAQ. Die Handreichung erläutert praxisnah und verständlich die wichtigsten Regelungen zum Urheberrecht für Bildung und Forschung.

New Members & Roles
Prof. Dr. Petra Löffler

Members Former MoA Research Associate & Project Leader Petra Löffler has been accepted as Associated Member. Petra Löffler is a Media and Material Culture Theorist. She has been Professor for Theory and History of Contemporary Media at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg since May 2020. From 2019–2020 she was working in the project → Filtering at the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«. → more

Material as Environmental Device
A Zoom Workshop on 10 September 2020
Poster Workshop »Material as Environmental Device«. Copyright: Kristina Pfeifer »detail woven skin of Kurdish black tent« & Cécile Bidan »detail of bacterial cellulose biofilm«
Poster Workshop »Material as Environmental Device«. Copyright: Kristina Pfeifer »detail woven skin of Kurdish black tent« & Cécile Bidan »detail of bacterial cellulose biofilm«

Event | Weaving | Material Form Function The workshop »Material as Environmental Device« on September 10th, 2020 gathers researchers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, ecological anthropology and the natural sciences to discuss the status of the material as an active element of environmental design on the basis of past and contemporary buildings and current research in the Cluster »Matters of Activity«. Three thematic sessions – »Materials and Environments«, »Essential Material« and »Active Skins« – focus on different aspects of material activity, addressing design and production techniques, ecological and cultural implications and the prospects of climate-responsive architectures. → more

Call for Applications: Martin Buber Society of Fellows
Last Opportunity: Extended Deadline for Applications for 2021-2022 15 September 2020

Call Each year the Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows selects up to ten exceptionally gifted young scholars (up to five from Israel and five from Germany). They aim at fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse at the highest level among outstanding young scholars (post-doctoral). Candidates who have completed their PhD at an Israeli or German university, as well as citizens of Israel or Germany who have received their PhD in any country, are eligible to apply. Application is open for those specializing in all fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of approximately 9000 NIS.

Please find more details about the application and requirements ↗ here.

Past and Present in Mathematical Weaving
Zoom Conference on 25 September 2020
Poster »Past and Present in Mathematical Weaving«. Copyright: Matters of Activity
Poster »Past and Present in Mathematical Weaving«. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Event | Weaving | Symbolic Material Weaving, braiding and plaiting can be counted as one of the oldest cultural techniques belonging to human culture, much older than agriculture or writing. While an obvious connection between weaving and mathematics – or more precisely, computer sciences – arose during the 19th century, with the Jacquard loom and Charles Babbage’s reference to it, a comprehensive mathematical theory of braids did not appear before 1926. But does this mean that weaving techniques and practices were not considered mathematically before the 19th century, or were not considered as being able to prompt and deliver, explicitly or implicitly, any mathematical knowledge? → more

Cluster Researcher Felix Rasehorn Nominated for German Design Research Award for »Digital Twin«
Vote Now Until 30 September 2020
Hybrid Interactions for Neurosurgical Planning. Project Digital Twin. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn
Hybrid Interactions for Neurosurgical Planning. Project Digital Twin. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

News | Achievements Cluster PhD Candidate and Designer Felix Rasehorn is nominated for the German Design Research Award. The young designers award is endowed with a sum of 1.000€ for the winner, who, after preselection by IfDRA, will now be chosen directly by the community via public voting. Now you are called upon to cast your vote for the most interesting work. His project »Digital Twin« is an applied research project on the representation and perception of brain matter in neurosurgery procedures that aim to use the operation-planning process as an opportunity to mentally rehearse actions during surgery. → more

Opportunities for Young Researchers: Network with Research in the USA
Application for PhD Scholarship till 1 October 2020

Call Fulbright Germany supports young German researchers who are conducting a four to six-month research project at a U.S. university or academic institution that is directly related to their previously commenced academic dissertation. Funding will be provided for projects that begin between May 1st and October 31st, 2021.

The fellowship finances maintenance costs of 1.600€/month, transatlantic travel and health/accident insurance. The Fulbright J-1 visa is free of charge, and a flat rate of 300€ is paid for other incidental expenses.

If you are interested, please find more information on their ↗ website.

»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«
Poster Conference »Coworking Materials«. Copyright: International Research Center for Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz
Poster Conference »Coworking Materials«. Copyright: International Research Center for Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz

Event In Design, Cultural and Natural Sciences, an anti-Cartesian turn has manifested itself in recent years, which denies the separation into active ›res cogitans‹ and passive ›res extensa‹ and understands the material world as (co)acting. The conference from October 7th–9th will deals with the aesthetic and political consequences of this turn, in design practices and thought processes. The conference will be held in German, including many Cluster members. → more

In Gestaltung, Kultur- und Naturwissenschaften manifestiert sich in den letzten Jahren eine anticartesianische Wendung, die die Trennung in aktive ›res cogitans‹ und passive ›res extensa‹ bestreitet und die materielle Welt als (mit)handelnd begreift. Die Tagung am 7.–9. Oktober, an der einige Clustermitglieder teilnehmen, beschäftigt sich mit ästhetischen und politischen Konsequenzen dieser Wende, in Gestaltungspraxen und Denkprozessen.

The Analog in the Digital Age
Save the Date of 11 November 2020 for our 1st Annual Conference Happening Online
»The Analog in the Digital Age« MoA Annual Conference, 11 November 2020 (From Top to Button, Left to Right): Bacterial Curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar; Visualization of the cellular network inside a compact bone. Copyright: Andreas Roschger & Richard Weinkamer, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; Medallion commemorating Lorenzo de’ Medici: Felt hat and two daggers, after 1537. Copyright: Arthor’s Archive; E. Coli Colony Biofilm. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«; Crochet Model of a Hyperbolic Plains. Copyright: Regine Hengge; Wax Mulages, Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«
»The Analog in the Digital Age« MoA Annual Conference, 11 November 2020 (From Top to Button, Left to Right): Bacterial Curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar; Visualization of the cellular network inside a compact bone. Copyright: Andreas Roschger & Richard Weinkamer, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; Medallion commemorating Lorenzo de’ Medici: Felt hat and two daggers, after 1537. Copyright: Arthor’s Archive; E. Coli Colony Biofilm. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«; Crochet Model of a Hyperbolic Plains. Copyright: Regine Hengge; Wax Mulages, Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«

Event | Annual Conference Please save the date of November 11th, 2020 for an exciting day with lots of surprises, an experimental virtual format and digital participation around the topic »The Analog in the Digital Age«. Stay tuned for more information! → more