Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Seeds of the Daucus Carota plant: self-activity as an example of experimental systems. Copyright: Wikimedia Commons, adapted by »Matters of Activity«
Seeds of the Daucus Carota plant: self-activity as an example of experimental systems. Copyright: Wikimedia Commons, adapted by »Matters of Activity«

Editorial Dear friends of »Matters of Activity«,

With today's issue of CZ#, we are back from our summer break and hope you had a nice and relaxing vacation!

In September, we are especially excited about the hybrid DRHA conference »Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene« on September 5th–7th, the exhibition »Extended Reality – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture«, September 3rd–30th, and we are looking forward to the opening of »Stretching Materialites« on September 16th at Tieranatomisches Theater. The Cluster also has many interesting job opportunities right now, which you can find towards the end of this issue.

Happy reading
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

 

Liebe Freund:innen von »Matters of Activity«,

mit der heutigen Ausgabe der CZ# melden wir uns zurück aus unserer Sommerpause und hoffen, ihr hattet eine schöne und erholsame Urlaubszeit!

Im September sind wir besonders gespannt auf die hybride DRHA-Konferenz »Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene« vom 5.-7. September, die Ausstellung »Extended Reality – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture« vom 3.–30. September und natürlich fiebern wir der Ausstellungseröffnung von »Stretching Materialities« am 16. September im Tieranatomischen Theater entgegen. Außerdem bietet der Cluster derzeit viele interessante Stellenangebote, die am Ende dieser Ausgabe zu finden sind.

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

Why We Need to Rethink Cutting in Neurosurgery
Article by Members of the MoA »Cutting« Project Published in Journal »Neurosurgery«
Fantastic Voyage 2021. Copyright: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2021
Fantastic Voyage 2021. Copyright: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2021

News | Publication In their article in the prominent neurosurgical journal, researchers from the MoA »Cutting« project describe how future tools will enable practitioners to treat brain diseases with unmatched accuracy by integrating analog and digital tools in new hybrid devices and workflows. → more

Advanced Materials Design Based on Waste Wood and Bark
New Paper by Members of »Weaving« published in »Philosophical Transactions A«

News | Publication Cluster members Charlett Wenig, Friedrich J. Reppe, Karin Krauthausen, Peter Fratzl and Michaela Eder together with colleagues published a paper in the journal »Philosophical Transactions A« by »The Royal Society«. Trees belong to the largest living organisms on Earth and plants in general are one of our main renewable resources. Wood as a material has been used since the beginning of humankind. Today, forestry still provides raw materials for a variety of applications, for example in the building industry, in paper manufacturing and for various wood products. → more

Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Podcast About Tree Bark to Wear
»The Bark Project« – Design experiments and basic research on the use of bark, Charlett Wenig. Copyright: Patrick Walter, MPIKG
»The Bark Project« – Design experiments and basic research on the use of bark, Charlett Wenig. Copyright: Patrick Walter, MPIKG

News | Podcast Charlett Wenig, member of the research group »Adaptive Fibrous Materials«, speaks about sustainable fashion and tree bark to wear in a new podcast produced by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Bark is a waste product of the wood industry. It is usually burned or processed into bark mulch. Charlett Wenig shows that the raw material can do much more: Even clothing can be made from it. She explores potential fields of application, creates different design scenarios for bark use while taking into account her research findings on structure, properties, and functions. ↗ more

New Members
Heidi Jalkh

Heidi Jalkh is a Visiting Scholar and Associated Member in »Material Form Function«. She is an Experimental Designer trained in Industrial Design and holds a master in interdisciplinary research from OpenDesign. Since 2010 she is a teacher at UBA, FADU and Universidad Austral. In 2018 she founded the interdisciplinary research group »Sistemas materiales«. Her professional practice as a designer is the product of many interests she pursues passionately: craft, bio-inspired material fabrication, and Interdisciplinary research. → more

Kay Usenbinz

Kay Usenbinz is Research Associate in the project »Symbolic Material«. Since September 2018 he is Research Assistant to Horst Bredekamp working on his PhD titled »Berolinum; Berlin becomes the light of the world. Johann Arnold Nering (1659-1695). Master Builder and Pioneer of Prussia's Italian Modernism.« The research focus is on the autonomous power of the image in the broadest conceivable sense, whereby the term »images« includes all material artifacts that exhibit a minimum of human processing. → more

»Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«
New Podcast of All Clusters of Excellence Now Online
Logo Podcast »Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«. Copyright: Vera Hiendl
Podcast »Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«. Copyright: Spotify
Podcast »Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle«. Copyright: Vera Hiendl and Spotify

News | Exzellent erklärt 57 Clusters of Excellence – one podcast: ↗ Exzellent erklärt (»Excellent Explained«) regularly reports from one of the research networks that are funded as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. The journey goes right across the country and the topics are just as diverse as the locations: from African studies to the future of medicine. All Clusters of Excellence share a common motivation: they address important issues of our time, work on unusual questions and conduct research for the society of tomorrow.

The project team of 10 Clusters, including »Matters of Activity«, is happy to finally and officially launch the German podcast on September 1st. »Matters of Activity« will also be joining them very soon with an episode. The first episode by the Cluster of Excellence ↗ CeTI will explore the topic »Taktiles Internet mit Mensch Maschine Interaktion« (»Tactile Internet with Human-Machine-Interaction«). Follow the podcast now already on all popular platforms!

57 Exzellenzcluster – ein Podcast: Regelmäßig berichtet ↗ Exzellent erklärt aus einem der Forschungsverbünde, die im Rahmen der Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder gefördert werden. Die Reise geht quer durch die Republik und genauso vielfältig wie die Standorte sind die Themen: von A wie Afrikastudien bis Z wie Zukunft der Medizin. Alle Exzellenzcluster verbindet eine gemeinsame Motivation: Sie adressieren wichtige Themen unserer Zeit, bearbeiten außergewöhnliche Fragen und forschen für die Gesellschaft von morgen.

Das Projektteam, bestehend aus 10 Clustern inklusive »Matters of Activity«, freut sich über den offiziellen Launch am 1. September! Auch »Matters of Activity« wird sehr bald mit einer Folge dabei sein. Die erste Episode des Exzellenzclusters ↗ CeTI wird das Thema »Taktiles Internet mit Mensch Maschine Interaktion« behandeln. Folgt dem Podcast bereits jetzt auf allen gängigen Plattformen!

Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene
Registration Open Until 3 September 2021
Teaserpicture DRHR2021. Copyright: Ravi Kumar / Unsplash.
Teaserpicture DRHR2021. Copyright: Ravi Kumar / Unsplash.

Event | Conference From September 5th–7th, 2021, the 25th Annual DRHA Conference »Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene«, will take place in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and further supported by a partnership with the Cluster of Excellence »Temporal Communities - Doing Literature in a Global Perspective«.

The conference is co-organized by Cluster member Christian Stein and several MoA members are involved by contributing to the conference. MoA Director Claudia Mareis will deliver a keynote lecture entitled »Designing resilience: on a third culture with many transitions« on Monday, September 6th at 2:00 pm. Registrations for the hybrid event are still open until Friday, September 3rd. → more

Extended Reality – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture
Interactive Exhibition in Cooperation of University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) Media Theater and »Matters of Activity«
Flyer of Exhibition »Code & Materiality in Art and Culture«. Copyright: University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Flyer of Exhibition »Code & Materiality in Art and Culture«. Copyright: University of Applied Sciences Berlin

Event | Exhibition What does materiality mean for art and culture from today’s perspective? How can materiality be understood in our post-digital age, where digital technologies permeate creative work from start to finish, both in terms of tools and materials and conceptually?

The exhibition »Extended Reality – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture,« September 3rd to 30th, 2021, illuminates various aspects of (digital) materiality through selected works from design, art, literature, music, performance and science that have been created with Extended Reality technologies (Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality). → more

Between Night and Day – Immersive Explorations Within a Slide Archive
Cluster Members' Contribution to Exhibition »Extended Reality«
Making process of installation »Between Night and Day« at exhibition »Extended Reality«. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé and Mareike Stoll
Making process of installation »Between Night and Day« at exhibition »Extended Reality«. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé and Mareike Stoll

Event | Exhibition The project proposes and explores a space in-between, using virtual reality (VR) technology and a digitized archive of images, it wants to invite reflection and research on various modes of knowing in connection to materiality and code, activity of images and the space needed for this. Can digital humanities open up to new comprehensive experiments around the presence and the absence, on the material picture-relations and the gaps of the in-between, moving toward regions of human knowledge which meaning cannot convey? → more

Exhibition »Stretching Materialities«
Hidden Activities in Objects and Spaces at Tieranatomisches Theater
Save-the-date »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design
Save-the-date »Stretching Materialities«. Copyright: Offshore Design

Event | Object Space Agency | Stretching Materialities Matter is dead? Objects are lifeless? Think again! In the exhibition »Stretching Materialities,« which was opened on September 16th 2021, the liveliness and activity of matter can be experienced in a completely new way. The Tieranatomisches Theater has become an interactive laboratory space that allows completely unexpected insights into thinking about matter – and makes it tangible how active the world around us really is. The exhibition curated by multidisciplinary researchers and designers of the project »Object Space Agency« under the direction of Prof. Dr. Claudia Blümle and Clemens Winkler can be visited until January 22nd, 2022, Mon-Fri, 2–6 pm.

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Urban Vibrations: How Physical Waves Come to Matter in Contemporary Urbanism
First »Talking Matters« Lecture after the Summer Break with Anthropologist Ignacio Farías
Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Cécile Bidan and Salif Sawadogo, adapted by NODE Berlin
Poster Online Lecture Series »Talking Matters«, Copyright: Cécile Bidan and Salif Sawadogo, adapted by NODE Berlin

Event | Talking Matters Our two-week »Talking Matters« lecture series, launched in May, is moving on to the next round. On September 14th, we look forward to an inspiring lecture and discussion from and with anthropologist Ignacio Farías from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on »Urban Vibrations: How Physical Waves Come to Matter in Contemporary Urbanism.« → more

»stretching senses school«
VR Worlding for Planetary Emergency – Apply now!
Poster »stretching senses school«, Image: Jemma Woolstone
Poster »stretching senses school«, Image: Jemma Woolstone's Audio-Visual Full Dome Project »Of Fragile Tings«. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«

Event | Call | Stretching Materialities The ongoing climate disaster puts many worlds in imminent danger. But conveying the entanglements of the more-than-human relations is an arduous task. Playful approaches can directly affect our sensory faculties beyond the realm of power and knowledge. The »stretching senses school« is an education-as-research project at the Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin (TA T) attached to the »Stretching Materialities« exhibition, co-partnered with the Node Institute Berlin. Through this workshop-based contribution to the exhibition, we intend to foster collaboration between anthropology and immersive interaction design. We will engage with research creation in order to raise awareness of the public on the multiscale and embedded interconnections between humans and other earthly beings.

»stretching senses school« is issuing a call for application to the VR community until September 15th. The participation will be compensated. → more

MoA Director Claudia Mareis Guest Member in Jury for TaDA Artist in Residence Program
The Call for 2022 is now Open until 4 October 2021
Call for Applications for TaDA – Textile and Design Alliance Artist in Residence Programme 2022, Copyright: Ladina Bischoff
Call for Applications for TaDA – Textile and Design Alliance Artist in Residence Programme 2022, Copyright: Ladina Bischoff

News | Scholarship This year, MoA Director Claudia Mareis is a guest member of the jury for the Artist in Residence program of the Textile and Design Alliance TaDA. The innovative program is aimed at practitioners in the fields of visual art, design, architecture, literature, performing arts or on transdisciplinary projects with a strong interest in textile production and its context. It is run by the cantons of St.Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Thurgau and offers a unique opportunity to work together with renowned textile companies in Eastern Switzerland. Applications are open until October 4th. → more

Coordinator Experimental Lab Science Communication (m/f/d) - E 13 TV-L HU
With 100 % Regular Working Time, Limited until 31/08/2024 - AN/139/21 - Application Deadline: 8 September 2021 – Start of Employment: January 2022
Seeds of the Daucus Carota plant: self-activity as an example of experimental systems. Copyright: Wikimedia Commons
Seeds of the Daucus Carota plant: self-activity as an example of experimental systems. Copyright: Wikimedia Commons

job The Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« is looking for a Coordinator for the Experimental Laboratory for Science Communication »When Matter comes to life«. As one of six Experimental Laboratories for Science Communication funded by the Berlin University Alliance, it is invested in fostering novel ways of knowledge exchange. Researchers from the two Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« and »Science of Intelligence« will publicly discuss the activity and ›intelligence‹ of materials in order to make them graspable in the Experimental Laboratory. Materials that, following the example of nature, become ›intelligent‹ participants in society through their self-activity, fundamentally change our relationship to nature and technology. → more

Administrative Employee Science Communication (m/f/d) - E 3 TV-L HU
With 1/4 part-time, Limited until 31/08/2024 – AN/205/21 – Application Deadline: 11 October 2021 – Start of Employment: January 2022

job The Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« is looking for an administrative employee for the Experimental Laboratory for Science Communication »When matter comes to life«. As one of six Experimental Laboratories for Science Communication funded by the Berlin University Alliance, it is invested in fostering novel ways of knowledge exchange.  Researchers from the two Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« and »Science of Intelligence« will publicly discuss the activity and ›intelligence‹ of materials in order to make them graspable in the Experimental Laboratory. Materials that, following the example of nature, become ›intelligent‹ participants in society through their self-activity, fundamentally change our relationship to nature and technology. → more

Administrative Employee (m/f/d) - E 3 TV-L HU
With 1/4 part-time, Limited until 31/12/2025 – DR/118/21 – Application Deadline: 8 September 2021 – Start of Employment: November 2021

job The management of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« is looking for an administrative employee in the area of promotion of young talents, equal opportunities and internationalization for supporting activities in simple administrative procedures → more

Student Assistant in the Field of Publications (m/f/d)
40h per Month, Limited until 30/09/2023 – MoA_06_2021 – Application Deadline: 16 September 2021 – Start of Employment: October 2021

job The managment of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« is currently looking for a student assistant in the field of literature and/or linguistics; alternatively, studies in another humanities or natural science field and/or library science. → more