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Introducing: The Breathless Choir

CollActive Materials | Kristin Werner, Antje Nestler, Léa Perraudin, Gosia Lehmann

A Speculative Workshop about the Futures of Air, Breathing & Community

In this workshop, participants are invited to imagine speculative futures through the process of breathing.

As a collective practice, breathing connects us to other living beings, shares emotions and sounds, and overcomes physical distances. But what might a future look like in which breathing has become more difficult?

Media theorist Léa Perraudin (Matters of Activity/ HU Berlin) and research-driven artist Gosia Lehmann share their perspectives on breathing, pollution, and air quality now and in possible futures. Through a video installation by Gosia Lehmann, we catch a glimpse of a speculative future in which breathing has become a very different experience than it is today. How did it come to this? And how might we continue? The participants will exchange personal experiences and observations and are invited to engage in futures storytelling, crafting collective stories of breathing and togetherness.

›Introducing: The Breathless Choir‹ is a satellite workshop of the speculative exhibition ›Airbound: Sensing Collective Futures‹, which will be on display from Oct 20 to Nov 09 at CLB Berlin at Aufbau Haus, Moritzplatz.


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 event will take place as part of the Berlin Science Week CAMPUS. Admission is free.

Please note: Pre-registration is requested for this event. Please register here until 03 NOVEMBER to get a guaranteed place.

Information about the physical accessibility of the Museum für Naturkunde can be found here. The event is taking place in the Collaborative Field. See ‘experimental field’ for exact location on the map.

If you are looking for further information concerning accessibility or want to let us know about individual needs, please let us know at collactive-materials@hu-berlin.de.

About the Venue
Invalidenstraße 43
Berlin, Berlin 10115 Germany

Kristin Werner

CollActive Materials

Antje Nestler

CollActive Materials

Léa Perraudin

Matters of Activity/ HU Berlin

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