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Still from Trailer for Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé
Still from Trailer for Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé

Editorial Dear friends of »Matters of Activity«,

Summer is finally here! Besides the digital lab tour of the exhibition »Stretching Materialities«, we are looking forward to the final presentation of the »Ultratool« studio project and the start of the new MoA Colloquia at weißensee school of art and design berlin as well as the grand finale of Peter Fratzl's lecture with an ideas workshop, all happening (still virtually) in the upcoming weeks.

Happy reading!
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

Liebe Freund:innen von »Matters of Activity«,

endlich ist der Sommer da! Neben dem digitalen Laborrundgang zur Ausstellung »Stretching Materialities«, freuen wir uns mit euch auf die Abschlusspräsentation des Studioprojekts »Ultratool« und den Start der neuen MoA Colloquia in der weißensee kunsthochschule berlin sowie das große Finale der Vorlesung von Peter Fratzl mit einem Ideen-Workshop – alles (digital) in den kommenden Wochen.

Gute Unterhaltung wünschen
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

Situated Digital Agencies
Seminar Series between MoA's Doctoral Program and the Department of Digital and Experimental Design at UdK Berlin
Situated Digital Agencies. Copyright: Maxie Schneider
Situated Digital Agencies. Copyright: Maxie Schneider

Event | Teaching During this summer semester, the teaching format »Situated Digital Agencies« bridges institutions just as much as cultures of knowledge, research and teaching. Along transdisciplinary and dialogic encounter it follows how digital technologies are and become situated between discourses of arts and design, humanities, and sciences – and suggests how precisely in these moments, they are altered, appropriated and possibly augmented towards epistemological and ontological surplus. → more

Call for Ideas: Lecture Series »Interdependence of Structure and Function in Biological Materials«
Ideas Workshop Accompanying Lecture Series of Peter Fratzl
Tesselation in biology. Copyright: Mason Dean, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; James Weaver, Wyss Institute
Tesselation in biology. Copyright: Mason Dean, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; James Weaver, Wyss Institute

Event | Lecture Series Join us for the ideas workshop of the lecture series on → Interdependence of Structure and Function in Biological Materials by → Peter Fratzl.

Every second Tuesday at 4:15–5:45 pm, Cluster Co-Director Peter Fratzl gives a digital lecture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The lecture series started on April 13th, 2021 and addresses a pluridisciplinary audience, including sciences, design and cultural studies. All required basics from biophysics and biochemistry to mechanics are provided.

Biological materials adapt their structure to functional needs. The lectures introduce relevant structural features from molecular to macroscopic scales using examples for materials based on proteins or on polysaccharides, in particular cellulose and chitin. Some biological materials – like bone – are reinforced with minerals. The importance of hierarchical assemblies of building blocks, such as fibers and tessellations will be discussed.

All recordings of the lecture series can be found in the moodle course accompanying the series. Access to the moodle course can be granted via moa.public.relations@hu-berlin.de.

The ideas workshops on June 22nd and July 6th are part of the series and will summarize key geometric principles from biology which have been introduced in the sessions before. Participants are invited to translate these into concepts for their respective fields of research, such as design, mathematics, cultural history or art. These concepts should be presented in the last session on July 6th to the audience as a basis for interdisciplinary discourse. Participants who would like to receive credit points for this lecture need to participate in the ideas workshop.

Registration Date: 21 June 2021
Registration Contact: moa.public.relations@hu-berlin.de

Ultratool – Why Calling it Phone?
Collaborative Studio Project with Students from the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, and weißensee school of art and design berlin
WEON prototype. Copyright: Netta Gigi, Harrison Tan, Fu Yitao, Jehyun Kim
WEON prototype. Copyright: Netta Gigi, Harrison Tan, Fu Yitao, Jehyun Kim

Event | Filtering The phone call has taken a back seat as an interaction and is replaced by the multitude of applications such as navigation, healthcare, Internet of Things or social media. Various filters and filtering technologies interact simultaneously to shape our access and exchange with our environment. The studio project »Ultratool« addresses this development and investigates conditioning cultural and social behaviors within the technology ecosystem we live in. The aim of the project is to develop new product ideas and concepts, based on various analyses and design methods on technical and cultural aspects. »Ultratool« is a collaborative studio project of MoA Design Research Studio with students from the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, and weißensee school of art and design berlin. The final presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 at 10.00 am–12.30 pm (CET). → more

Exhibition »Stretching Materialities«
A Tour Through the Lab
Banner Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design
Banner Lab Tour »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design

News | Object Space Agency | Stretching Materialities The Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« invites you to a special kind of lab tour: At Tieranatomisches Theater, the project »Object Space Agency« opens virtual gates on June 29th, 3.45 pm to let you experience the hidden activities of materials: 

Enter a tangible atmosphere, let the wind blow in your face, feel crackling rattan braids under your feet, immerse yourself in virtual reality perspectives and travel with our glass elevator. And it doesn't stop there: wear haptically vibrating clothing that responds to its surroundings and experience weathering over millennia with selected stone samples. In »Stretching Materialities«, you can experience what no one else sees: The objects and structures around us are active and alive. And we interact with them whether we realize it or not. → more

Integrative Computational Design for Architecture
Kick-Off Event of the new MoA Colloquia at weißensee school of art and design
BUGA Fibre Pavillon 2019, ICD/ITKE, University of Stuttgart, Copyright: Roland Halbe
BUGA Fibre Pavillon 2019, ICD/ITKE, University of Stuttgart, Copyright: Roland Halbe

Event | MoA Colloquia On July 1st, the MoA Colloquia at weißensee school of art and design will be inaugurated by Professor Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers. Jan Knippers is a consulting structural engineer and head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart since 2000. His interest is in innovative and resource-efficient structures at the intersection of research and development and practice. The MoA Colloquia give the opportunity for a small group of students to meet and exchange with leading experts of the field of computational design. The lectures will be streamed and are open to the wider public. → more

Architectures of Weaving
A Virtual Event Organized by the Project »Weaving«
Architectures of Weaving. Copyright: Xingwen Pan, weißensee school of art and design berlin; NODE Berlin Oslo
Architectures of Weaving. Copyright: Xingwen Pan, weißensee school of art and design berlin; NODE Berlin Oslo

Event | Weaving The event »Architectures of Weaving«, taking place July 2nd, explores textile construction as an architectural design approach. Textiles can construct a useable space, while they are a spatial material structure in themselves. Discussing this relationship, the symposium will cross scales and disciplines. → more

Worlds of Literature – Competing Notions of the Global
First Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence »Temporal Communities«
Poster Annual Conference, Copyright: ExC Temporal Communities
Poster Annual Conference, Copyright: ExC Temporal Communities

With its first annual conference, »Worlds of Literature — Competing Notions of the Global«, the ↗ Cluster of Excellence EXC 2020: »Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective↗ « turns to the question of how competing notions of the global have affected and continue to affect debates about ›world literature‹ and processes of transnational literary canonisation. The Cluster assumes that literature becomes global through its temporal entanglements. Accordingly, this first annual conference seeks to reflect and expand upon established theories of world literature by investigating spatiotemporal literary networks, their practices of communality, and their interaction with other arts and media. The conference brings together international scholars from a broad range of disciplines to discuss different historical, theoretical, and methodological framings of world literature with special regard to their competing conceptions of cosmopolitanism and globality.

Extending over three days, the conference is organized into daily themes:

  • 7 July: focuses on Competing Notions of the Global.
  • 8 July: is dedicated to Constructing ›Worlds of Literature‹.
  • 9 July: addresses Temporalities and Scales of the Global.

The conference is entirely digital this year. Through this site, participants can access our digital meeting space to participate in live presentation and discussion sessions, view video introductions to our presenters, explore daily themes and programs, as well as read up on presenter bios and abstracts.

Access to live presentations requires registration, which can easily be completed ↗ here. Please register by July 1st. ↗ more

Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«
Next Talk with Media Theorist Marie-Pier Boucher on 13 July 2021
Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Lucius Fekonja, Bastian Beyer, Iva Rešetar, adapted by NODE Berlin
Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Lucius Fekonja, Bastian Beyer, Iva Rešetar, adapted by NODE Berlin

Event | Talking Matters For the new Cluster lecture series »Talking Matters« launched in May, our six Cluster projects invite external speakers from various disciplines to provide insights into their research related to central issues of »Matters of Activity«. In addition to researchers and students from various disciplines, the lecture series is open to anyone interested in our research.

For the last talk before the summer break on July 13th, we are happy to welcome media theorist Marie-Pier Boucher from the University of Toronto. Boucher will introduce us to »Being Material«, a curated collection of essays and artifacts that resulted from a symposium held in 2017 by the Center for Art, Science and Technology at MIT, where she was invited as co-editor and author on the project – a journey that brought her to explore the legacy of this institution in a different light.

Register now by sending an email to moa.public.relations@hu-berlin.de. → more

Student Assistant in the Design Lab of the Cluster (m/f/d)
40h per Month, for 24 month – MoA_07_2021 – Application Deadline 6 October 2021 – Start of Employment: December 2021
Design Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity
Design Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity

job The Design Lab of the Cluster is currently looking for a student assistant. In the Design Lab, all Cluster members have the possibility to try their hand on the 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, and CAD workstations under the guidance of the (Workshop) Team. Here, the independent development and revision of models and prototypes from conception to execution are made tangible for the researchers. From a hammer to a programmable microchip with sensors, the Design Lab provides a fertile ground for trials and experiments while mediating between the various disciplines and projects. → more

Student Assistant in the Project »Filtering« (m/f/d)
40h per Month, Limited until 31/12/2022 – MoA_03_2021 – Application Deadline: 30 September 2021 – Start of Employment: November 2021
Semantic Encodings of YouTube Comments Clustered and Visualized in Two Dimensions. Copyright: Michael Tebbe
Semantic Encodings of YouTube Comments Clustered and Visualized in Two Dimensions. Copyright: Michael Tebbe

job The project »Filtering« is currently looking for a student assistant in the field of computer science, media informatics, data science, mathematics or similar. Follow the link for the announcement. → more

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