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Close up of mistletoe berries containing sticky seeds. Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Nils Horbelt, adapted by Matters of Activity
Close up of mistletoe berries containing sticky seeds. Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Nils Horbelt, adapted by Matters of Activity

Editorial Dear Friends of »Matters of Activity«,

after very eventful weeks, we may spread some merits and happy news of our members today and also would like to point out again the inaugural lectures of our new Cluster professors Claudia Mareis and Robert Stock in the coming week.

We are very happy to continue our »Talking Matters« lecture series with a summer edition tomorrow, July 12th as on-site event in the Cluster. With our guest Achim Menges we expect inspiring insights into and discussions about »Computational Material Culture in Architecture«.

Last but not least do not miss the call for MoA's interdisciplinary autumn school »Frictioned Functionality. Un/Designing Un/Sustainable Matter« You or interested colleagues can apply until August 8th.

We wish everyone a restful vacation season and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Happy reading,
Antje, Carolin & Franziska

Liebe Freund:innen von »Matters of Activity«,

nach sehr ereignisreichen Wochen dürfen wir heute einige Verdienste und frohe Nachrichten unserer Mitglieder verbreiten und möchten auch an dieser Stelle nochmals auf die Antrittvorlesungen unserer Clusterprofessor:innen Claudia Mareis und Robert Stock in der kommenden Woche hinweisen.

Wir freuen uns, unsere »Talking Matters«-Vortragsreihe mit einer Sommerausgabe morgen, am 12. Juli, als Vor-Ort-Veranstaltung im Cluster fortzusetzen. Mit unserem Gast Achim Menges erwarten wir anregende Einblicke und Diskussionen zum Thema »Computational Material Culture in Architecture«.

Wir wünschen allen eine erholsame Urlaubszeit und freuen uns auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen!

Viel Spaß beim Lesen,
Antje, Carolin & Franziska

Bioinspired Architectural and Architected Materials
Special Issue Edited by Cluster Members K. Razghandi, C. Sauer and P. Fratzl Out Now
Multiscale architectures. Left: the wooden tower of Lake Mjøsa, Norway Reproduced with permission from [1]. Copyright: Voll Arkitekter AS & Ricardo Foto. Right: the internal structure of wood based on parallel tube-like wood cells with diameters in the range of tens of microns (shown for several wood species from top to bottom). The white arrow points to a sketch where nanometer-thick cellulose fibrils are indicated by black lines [2] John Wiley & Sons. Copyright: 2020 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH GmbH
Multiscale architectures. Left: the wooden tower of Lake Mjøsa, Norway Reproduced with permission from [1]. Copyright: Voll Arkitekter AS & Ricardo Foto. Right: the internal structure of wood based on parallel tube-like wood cells with diameters in the range of tens of microns (shown for several wood species from top to bottom). The white arrow points to a sketch where nanometer-thick cellulose fibrils are indicated by black lines [2] John Wiley & Sons. Copyright: 2020 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH GmbH

News | Publication Architecture stands as a paradigm for the development of structural entities, which define functionality from the nanoscale to entire buildings. However, the distinction between structure and material becomes totally blurred in biological systems where it is impossible to distinguish between material and device or organ. A tree stem, as a prototypical example, is both material and plant organ with specific biological functions. Partially inspired by this, there are recent parallel movements—in materials development as well as in architectural design—towards the merging of materiality, structure and function into one integral construction system. → more

Relaunch of the Cube of Physics
Exhibition Opened of New Sculpture and Media Station at the Long Night of the Sciences 2022
Cube of Physics, Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Copyright: studio gid
Cube of Physics, Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Copyright: studio gid

Event | Exhibition | Filtering Can the entire knowledge of physics be represented in the »Cube of Physics« metamodel? Does it perhaps even contain the key to the world formula? The exhibition project »Cube of Physics«, which opened on the Science Campus in Adlershof during this year's Berlin Long Night of Sciences on July 2nd, 2022, deals with these and other questions. MoA Member Matthias Staudacher will explain the latest developments and findings of the interdisciplinary project group that led to the relaunch of the sculpture and media station. → more

Natural Super Glue from Mistletoe Berries
A Cellulose-Based Material Could be Useful for Medical Applications such as Wound Sealant
Close up of mistletoe berries containing sticky seeds. Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Nils Horbelt
Close up of mistletoe berries containing sticky seeds. Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Nils Horbelt

News A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and McGill University in Canada discovered strong adhesive properties of white-berry mistletoe. The mistletoe berry's flexible fibers adhere to both skin and cartilage as well as to various synthetic materials and could find application in many fields, such as wound sealant in biomedicine, through ease of processing.

Award for Horst Bredekamp
Cluster Co-Director Receives the XXI Premio Internazionale Flaiano For His Study of Michelangelo's Life and Work

News | Achievements On July 2nd, 2022, Matters of Activity's Co-Director Horst Bredekamp was awarded the XXI Premio Internazionale Flaiano di Italianistica for the best non-fiction book of the year in non-Italian language in Pescara. We congratulate Professor Bredekamp very warmly for this prize, one of the highest awards given in Italy. → more

Networking and Career Event »Berlin4Ukraine« at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
MoA Cluster Fellows from Ukraine at HTW
Panel discussion »Supporting Ukraine and Advancing Research Cooperation«, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), 30 June 2022. Credits: Matters of Activity 2022
Panel discussion »Supporting Ukraine and Advancing Research Cooperation«, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), 30 June 2022. Credits: Matters of Activity 2022

Event | Filtering Four months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the event »Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn – A networking event for exile researchers» took place on June 30th, 2022 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). It was organized by Berlin Research 50, the Berlin University Alliance, the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Clusters of Excellence SCRIPTS, NeuroCure, UniSysCat, Science of Intelligence and Temporal Communities, the Dahlem Humanities Center as well as the German-Ukrainian Academic Society. At »Matters of Activity«, funds were reallocated to create four fellowships for displaced scholars from and in Ukraine, including students from Egypt and Namibia, at both junior and senior levels, covering a range of disciplines, including theoretical and practical computer sciences and environmental technology studies. → more

Konrad Polthier Receives John A. Gregory Award
Portrait Konrad Polthier. Credits: Konrad Polthier
Portrait Konrad Polthier. Credits: Konrad Polthier

News | Achievements We congratulate Cluster Member Konrad Polthier on the honoring of his outstanding achievements. The John A. Gregory Award is the highest award in the field of Geometric Design. It is presented to one or more individuals for ›Fundamental Contributions to the Field of Geometric Modelling‹. Konrad Polthier receives the price for his lifetime impact on the field. → more

New Episodes of »Exzellent Erklärt«
Learn about the Future of Hearing and Computer Simulations in Optics
Die Zukunft des Hörens. Copyright: Exzellent Erklärt
Computersimulationen. Copyright: Exzellent Erklärt
Podcast Episodes 14 and 15. Copyright: Exzellent Erklärt

News | Exzellent erklärt In the new episodes of 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 listeners can learn about the future of our hearing and our way to the hearing system of tomorrow as well as insights into computer simulations in optics. 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. Plug in your headphones during your lunch break and have a listen! more

Master Open Design Cohort 2021-2023
3rd Semester in Berlin is Almost Over
Students during a visit to HNE Eberswalde/ Seminar Spatial Structures with Karola Dierichs and Michaela Eder. Copyright: Carmen Gloria Cuello Quintana
Students during a visit to HNE Eberswalde/ Seminar Spatial Structures with Karola Dierichs and Michaela Eder. Copyright: Carmen Gloria Cuello Quintana

News | Master Open Design After two semesters of online interactions, 27 students came together in Berlin for their third semester of the international interdisciplinary Master’s program »Open Design« While having focused in the themes Elements and Experiments during previous semesters, Projects has been the key word guiding the student’s work during these weeks. Their focus has been on analyzing specific interdisciplinary design processes and applying design strategies for the development of innovative projects, bringing together the various elements of Gestaltung and empirical methods. → more

FriBriX @ Structural Paper Workshop
MoA Members Maxie Schneider, Jojo Shone and Lorenzo Guiducci Contributed to Bauwende Festival 2022
The Pergola at Rundgang Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin. Copyright: Maxie Schneider/ Matters of Activity
The Pergola at Rundgang Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin. Copyright: Maxie Schneider/ Matters of Activity

News | Material Form Function On May 27th, the FriBriX team (Lorenzo Guiducci, Christiane Sauer, Maxie Schneider, Jojo Shone) organised the Structural Paper workshop @ Bauwende Festival. Here participants have explored playfully the potential of paper as building material for constructing interwoven structures, simply holding together through friction. We understand paper as a contemporary urban resource and use waste paper to design a bottom up building process. Aftre two intense days of collective work a large pergola has been erected. The structure can still be freely visited at the premises of the Atelier Gardens, BUFA. → more

New Members
Babette Werner

Babette Werner is an art historian with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches dealing with time, space and transformation. She is based at the Institute of Art and Visual History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, holding a full scholarship by Gerda Henkel Stiftung. She works as a curator and writer and has developed and implemented interdisciplinary exhibitions and publication projects in the field of visual and performing arts. Babette is Pre-Doctoral Candidate in the project »Symbolic Material«. → 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

Inaugural Lectures of Claudia Mareis and Robert Stock
New Cluster Professorships at the Department of Cultural History and Theory
Invitation Flyer Inaugural Lections. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invitation Flyer Inaugural Lections. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Event Cluster Professors → Claudia Mareis (Design and History of Knowledge) and → Robert Stock (Cultures of Knowledge) kindly invite all Cluster Members to their inaugural lectors at the Institute of Cultural History on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, 6:00 pm c.t. Claudia Mareis' lecture will be about »Im Entwurf: Perspektiven einer dritten Kultur des Wissens« (In Draft: Perspectives of a Third Culture of Knowledge) while Robert Stock's lecture is entitled »Hörweisen situieren: Sinne und Kulturen des Wissens« (Situating Modes of Listening: Senses and Cultures of Knowledge). Please RSVP by July 12th to christiane.gaedicke@hu-berlin.de.

Growing Sensescapes
Open Design Master's Students' Projects Exhibited at Humboldt Lab
Flyer MOD at Humboldt Lab Event. Copyright: June Audirac
Flyer MOD at Humboldt Lab Event. Copyright: June Audirac

Event | Master Open Design Our ever-so-evolving world presents us with numerous dilemmas and challenges when it comes to designing a better tomorrow. A new sensibility is required, gathering and collaborating with intelligences within nature, and thus fundamentally shifting away from obsolete and destructive routines.

The students of the Open Design Master Program are facing those challenges by radical unlearning, creating new strategies focused on the necessity of »growing sensescapes«. We are happy to invite you to a day full of the growth of sensescapes on July 25th at Humboldt Lab. → more

Frictioned Functionality. Un/Designing Un/Sustainable Matter
Extended Deadline: Apply for MoA's Interdisciplinary Autumn School until 19 August
Poster »Frictioned Functionality«. Copyright: Matters of Activity
Poster »Frictioned Functionality«. Copyright: Matters of Activity

Event | Call for Participation | Interdiciplinary Autumn School Against a background of ecologies in crisis, the interdisciplinary Autumn School »Frictioned Functionality: Un/Designing Un/Sustainable Matter« invites Post-Docs, PhDs and MA students from the humanities, natural sciences and design to work through the conflicted entanglement of materiality, design and un/sustainability, using frictioned functionality as the guiding principle. In the context of this Autumn School, frictioned functionality is understood as a working concept to reopen other narrative and performative spaces of imagination in and beyond unruly times. The autumn school takes place from October 17th–22nd, 2022, applications are accepted until August 19th. → more

Thinking with Images
A Symposium in Honor of Gottfried Boehm
Boehm Symposion 2022. Copyright: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Poster Gottfried Boehm-Symposion 2022. Copyright: IKB, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Event In September 2022 Gottfried Boehm will celebrate his 80th birthday. To mark the occasion, MoA Member → Claudia Blümle, Professor of History and Theory of Form at the Institute of Art and Visual History of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organizing a conference in his honor at the Institute for the History of Art and Images. The titles of the lectures should remain a surprise for him on his birthday. Registration by email is requested by September 10th, 2022 to ehrentagung-ikb@hu-berlin.de. ↗ more

TaDA – Textile and Design Alliance Artist in Residence Programme
The Call for Applications 2023 is Now Open!
Benjamin Mengistu Navet at Tisca during TaDA Residency 2021. Copyright: Ladina Bischof
Benjamin Mengistu Navet at Tisca during TaDA Residency 2021. Copyright: Ladina Bischof

CALL Do you work in the fields of design, textile design, architecture, visual art, literature, performing arts or on transdisciplinary projects and have a strong interest in textile production and its context? Then the innovative Artist in Residence Programme TaDA offers you a unique opportunity to work together with renowned textile companies in Eastern Switzerland.

TaDA is looking for creative personalities from different disciplines and regions of the world to open up new opportunities of collaboration with the textile industries in Eastern Switzerland. TaDA's aim is to harness creativity and innovation, resulting in valuable input and stimulus for both residents and the companies involved. Particularly welcome are cultural practitioners who want to engage with questions related to the future of the textile industry and its sustainability. To take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the companies, basic technical knowledge of textile production is preferred. Applications are welcome until October 3rd, 2022. ↗ more