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Airbound: Sensing Collective Futures

CollActive Materials

Speculative Exhibition on the futures of air & our collective living

From molecule to atmosphere: the global climate crisis and the possible futures of our coexistence will be decided by means of air. We are »airbound« – bound through air. How can we create a sense of what is coming? And what will connect us in the future?

The exhibition »Airbound« features climate fictions and speculative everyday scenarios – developed in an open process by collaborators from society, science, and design. Through speculative installations, »Airbound« provides space to discuss urgent geopolitical issues. At stake are the contested knowledge of the climate, the destructive use of joint resources, and the injustices that are inherently connected. Air is critically bound to these – as collective, active, and intelligent material.

The interactive exhibits problematize the technical promises of climate engineering and life under the pressure of ever-increasing emissions. They present designerly and research-based approaches to what air carries with it and to the intimate processes of breathing. What kind of air would we inhabit once climatic tipping points have been passed? In which ways do local approaches and other technologies offer hope? What new (breathing) practices and routines are we developing as individuals and collectives?

Open Tuesday–Sunday, 2–7 pm


About CollActive Materials
CollActive Materials is an experimental laboratory of the Berlin Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity« (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and »Science of Intelligence« (Technische Universität Berlin), funded by the Berlin University Alliance. The aim of the project is to develop Speculative Design as a new approach for knowledge exchange between research, society, and design, thus making joint encounters possible at eye level. As an experimental, transdisciplinary project, CollActive Materials brings material everyday practices from diverse social contexts into open conversation with approaches in research.


This is an in-person event. Attending the event is free of charge. The exhibition is open until 09 NOVEMBER.

The exhibition is accessible in German and English. The rooms are accessible by wheelchair. A disabled toilet is located in the building and is accessible by the supervisory staff. A parking space for disabled people can be reserved.

Please note: The subway station Moritzplatz unfortunately does not offer an elevator. More information about accessibility can be found here.

If you are looking for more information on accessibility or would like to let us know your individual needs, please feel free to the organizers at collactive-materials@hu-berlin.de.

About the Venue
clb berlin im Aufbau Haus
Prinzenstraße 84.2
Berlin, Berlin 10969 Germany

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