Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Movement pattern of a biofilm. Copyright: Cécile Bidan, MPIKG<br />
Stripes of wild silk and indigo-dyed cotton. Copyright: Salif Sawadogo
Movement pattern of a biofilm. Copyright: Cécile Bidan, MPIKG
Stripes of wild silk and indigo-dyed cotton. Copyright: Salif Sawadogo

Editorial Dear friends of »Matters of Activity«,

with today's issue, we would like to draw your attention to exciting events addressing a broader public, for example the Long Night of Sciences on July 2nd. Moreover, we are very happy to invite you to this year's tour at the weißensee school of art and design berlin on July 9th and 10th, where numerous student works related to Cluster topics will be exhibited.

Happy reading,
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott & Franziska Wegener

Liebe Freund:innen von »Matters of Activity«,

mit der heutigen Ausgabe möchten wir auf spannende Veranstaltungen aufmerksam machen, bei denen sich unsere Forscherinnen und Forscher an die Öffentlichkeit wenden, zum Beispiel bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am 2. Juli. Darüber hinaus freuen wir uns sehr, zum diesjährigen Rundgang an der weißensee kunsthochschule berlin am 9. und 10. Juli einzuladen, in dessen Rahmen zahlreiche studentische Arbeiten zu Clusterthemen ausgestellt werden.

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

Limits of Formalization (»Grenzen der Formalisierung«)
New Publication by Cluster Members Michael Friedman and Angelika Seppi
Cover Publication »Grenzen der Formalisierung«. Copyright: Spector Books
Cover Publication »Grenzen der Formalisierung«. Copyright: Spector Books

News | Publication What role does mathematical formalization play in our understanding of knowledge and science, and how does it influence our conceptions of the unknown, of the unconscious as well as of the non-conscious? What is the relationship between the monopolization of calculable rationality and the increasing computerization of our Lebenswelt? And, last but not least, when reality is translated into symbols, what resistance does this process encounter? → more

Joining Perspectives on Haptics
Online Documentation of Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop
Design Workshop. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn
Design Workshop. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

Event | MoA Design Research Studio Why is the topic of haptics important to us humans and what does this mean for the multitude of scientific disciplines represented in the Cluster? In three dense days of workshop, the participants explored the topic of haptics together through the lens of design practice, history of knowledge, cultural studies, philosophy and computer science. Through experiencing demos, creating rapid prototypes, and reflection experiments, a practice-based mode of exploration was collectively developed. Through this rather broad approach, the participants sought to unfold the layers that make up haptic experiences in order to develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of the term. This is the beginning of a critical exchange on haptics with the goal of establishing a dynamic platform for MoA researchers around the haptic sense(s).

In the online documentation the group shares their abstracts, the workshop findings and questions, and invites to future collaborative formats and projects. → more

New Episodes of »Exzellent Erklärt«
Listen to Insights on Smart Batteries and 3D Printing
Episode 11 »Exzellent Erklärt«. Copyright: e-conversion
Episode 12 »Exzellent Erklärt«. Copyright: Matters Made to Order
Episode 13 »Exzellent Erklärt«. Copyright: CEPLAS
Exzellent Erklärt Episodes 11, 12 and 13. Copyright: Clusters of Excellence »E-Conversion«, »Matters Made to Order« and »CEPLAS«

News | Exzellent erklärt The German science podcast ↗ Exzellent erklärt (»Excellent Explained«) on current science topics reflects the research diversity of Germany’s leading research institutions and Clusters of Excellence: from Africa Studies to Quantum Physics. In each episode, listeners can expect insights into the interdisciplinary work of one research network. The researchers of the Clusters of Excellence, funded by ↗ DFG talk to podcaster Larissa Vassilian about how they want to find scientifically sound answers to relevant topics of our time – for the society of tomorrow. In the last two episodes, the researchers discuss 3D printing, new materials and possibilities; smart batteries for energy transition and smart plants for securing our food supply. Plug in your headphones during your lunch break and have a listen! ↗ more

Open Design Laboratory Projects
A Mid-Term Report In Drawings
Open Design Laboratory Projects. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé
Open Design Laboratory Projects. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé
Open Design Laboratory Projects. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé
Open Design Laboratory Projects. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé
Open Design Laboratory Projects. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé

Open Design The Open Design students are moving forward on their Laboratory Project, with the common topic of »Growing Senses«. As the mid-term presentations are approaching, → Frank Bauer, → Bastian Beyer and → Maxime Le Calvé sat with them last week for a feedback round. Laboratory Project is the main studio teaching of the third semester. It is taught by these aforementioned Cluster researchers, as well as by → José Cojal Gonzalez and Rodrigo Martin Iglesia, with the support of José Ignacio Alvarez-Hamelin. A wide range of projects are emerging: feel free to join them to design shape shifting shading devices, protocoles of sensing emotional territories, outer heart fountain flows, plant ritual accessories for extra planetary life, mycelium spatial collaborations, or a garden-based divinatory system. A graphic report by Maxime Le Calvé. → more

Launch of the Tessellation Archive
An Online Collection of Tiled Tissues and Architectures from Across the Natural World
Collection Overview - Tessellation Archive. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn
Collection Overview - Tessellation Archive. Copyright: Felix Rasehorn

News | Tessellated Material Systems | Publication Tessellations are structural motifs made up of repeating tiles, found in many forms and serving a variety of functions in nature. Perhaps partly inspired by natural examples, tessellations have also been a part of human history in art, design and culture, commonly in the form of mosaics, and more recently in the realm of bio-inspired design and engineering. This collection showcases the diversity of this motif, exploring commonalities in structure and function across environments and taxa, to inspire biological and biomaterials research, but also bioinspired design and architecture. Follow the link to explore the classification scheme and compare the similarities and differences between the tessellations.

↗ https://tessellated-materials.mpikg.mpg.de  → more

New Members & Roles
Elisabeth Obermeier

As of May 2022, Elisabeth Obermeier is in charge of publications at »Matters of Activity«, providing coordination and support for Cluster publications and Open Access. She is also the Cluster’s contact person for Gender and Diversity. Elisabeth holds a Master’s degree in cultural studies from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and  has been part of the Cluster since 2019. → more

Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten

Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten is a fashion- and material designer with a strong interest in biomaterials and material innovation. As a Pre-Doctoral Researcher in the project »Material Form Function« and in the research group »Adaptive Fibrous Materials« at the MPI for Colloids and Interfaces she develops sustainable design strategies for tree bark with a focus on folding techniques. → more

stretching senses school festival
VR Worldings for Planetary Emergency at Tieranatomisches Theater
Poster Stretching Senses School Festival. Image »Subterenaen Matters« Baris Pekcagliyan, Warja Rybakova, Nayeli Vega, Paulina Greta, adapted by NODE Berlin. Copyright: Matters of Activity

 
Poster Stretching Senses School Festival. Image »Subterenaen Matters« Baris Pekcagliyan, Warja Rybakova, Nayeli Vega, Paulina Greta, adapted by NODE Berlin. Copyright: Matters of Activity  

News | Object Space Agency | Stretching Materialities Feeling limestone grow from the inside and seeing its dispersion as urban landscape; experiencing an amphitheater through vibrations of willow branches; reaching out to the hidden electrical energies of things around us; touch the surface of cellular tissues. The »stretching senses school festival« exhibits site-specific virtual reality artworks from ongoing research at the Cluster at TA T, in the continuation of the »Stretching Materialities« exhibition. → more

Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn
A Networking Event for Exile Researchers
Screenshot Website
Screenshot der Berlin4Ukraine Event Website

Event Together with partners, BR50 is organizing a network and career event for Ukrainian researchers that fled from Ukraine and came to Berlin. The Berlin4Ukraine-event aims to present basic information on the structures and key players of the German scientific system, on the major resources available for refugee researchers and scholars at risk in particular, as well as information on the German science funding system in general. In addition, the event provides networking opportunities for researchers from Ukraine and from Berlin. Therefore, the program contains informational talks and breakout sessions that allow networking. In addition, relevant scientific institutions, projects and organizations are present to give information and to answer questions. The event is organized by the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) at Berlin University Alliance (BUA), the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin Research 50 (BR50), the Clusters of Excellence SCRIPTS and NeuroCure. The workshop will be held in English and is an in-person event with the option to follow via online streaming (except for three parallel info sessions). The event is free of charge and childcare service will be organized. For participation (in-person or online), registration is necessary (deadline June 15th 2022): ↗ https://events.wzb.eu/ber4ukr/

Program: ↗ https://www.br50.org/en/br50/news/ukraine-event
Date: June 30th 2022, 1pm – 7pm
Location:
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Leibniz-Saal
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Digital Arts & Humanities Lab
Call for Participation, Deadline: 17 June 2022
Screenshot of the Digital Arts and Humanities Lab Website. Copyright:
Screenshot from the Digital Arts and Humanities Lab Website

CALL Please join to participate in the first »Digital Arts & Humanities« Lab for PhDs and Postdocs in London & Berlin: A unique collaboration between the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), and Berlin’s affiliated Clusters of Excellence – EXC 2020 »Temporal Communities« (Freie Universität Berlin) and EXC »Matters of Activity« (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). The day-long digital lab with workshops, lectures and case studies on the newest developments in the digital arts and humanities methods and practices is taking place on June 30th, a full program and further details about the application process can be found ↗ here.

Matters of Activity at the Long Night of the Sciences
Lectures and Talks with Regine Hengge, Wolfgang Schäffner, and Matthias Staudacher
»Active Curtain Project« at the exhibition »After Nature« at Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
»Active Curtain Project« at the exhibition »After Nature« at Humboldt Lab. Copyright: Matters of Activity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Event | LNDW | Science Communication On the occasion of the Long Night of the Sciences, Berlin’s seven Clusters of Excellence will present themselves together at the Humboldt Laboratory on July 2nd. As part of the »Meet the Scientist« series, researchers will present their outstanding research projects – in dialog with the public. For »Matters of Activity«, at 7:30 pm, Regine Hengge and Wolfgang Schäffner will talk about the »Active Curtain Project«, an ongoing experimental setup in the entrance area of the Humboldt Lab that interacts with the room climate. → more

Open House at Weißensee School of Art and Design 2022
Matters of Activity Involved in Many Projects Presented at this Occasion
Flyer Open House 2022. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin
Flyer Open House 2022. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin
Flyer Open House 2022. Copyright: weißensee school of art and design berlin

Event | Exhibition This year, weißensee school of art and design berlin finally opens its studios for the traditional open house after two years of digital presentations only due to the pandemic. On July 9th and 10th, 12:00–20:00 pm, there will be the opportunity to learn more about the students’ projects and works developed during the last year, many of them in cooperation with or in classes led by members of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«. → more

Computational Material Culture in Architecture
Lecture Series Continues with a Talk by Achim Menges
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 We are very happy to continue our »Talking Matters« lecture series with a summer edition on July 12th as on-site event in the Sophienstraße 22a in Berlin-Mitte. With our guest Achim Menges, architect and professor for architecture at the University of Stuttgart and director of the Cluster of Excellence »Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture«, we are looking forward to inspiring insights into and discussions about »Computational Material Culture in Architecture«. → more

Design Ideas from Nature
Peter Fratzl Chairs Symposium within International Fraunhofer Conference on Programmable Materials
Screenshot Conference Website. Copyright: Fraunhofer
Screenshot Conference Website. Copyright: Fraunhofer

Event | Material Form Function From July 12th-14th, 2022, the International Conference on Programmable Materials, organized by the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials takes place as a hybrid event in Berlin at the Fraunhofer-Forum. MoA Director Peter Fratzl will chair the symposium »Design Ideas from Nature« together with Alexander Böker (Fraunhofer IAP). The symposium with talks by MoA members Christiane Sauer and Richard Weinkamer will focus on various examples from nature, including the design principles and detailed understanding of their programmed functions as well as the mimicking of these natural functions by purely synthetic materials. → more