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Open Space – Active Matter on Stage

Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«

»Matters of Activity« is opening its doors!

We are surrounded by matter that is vibrant and active. Yet we often treat matter as if it were passive. Instead of using active material properties and structures, industrial and digital manufacturing, as well as conventional approaches to engineering, design and architecture, still heavily rely on the passivation of materials and external energy is added.

Given the massive environmental and sociopolitical challenges posed by anthropogenic climate change, the Cluster »Matters of Activity« (MoA) believes that seriously considering and radically rethinking the inherent activity of matter is essential to move towards more sustainable, resilient, and just modes of making, producing, and living. However, to ask about the inherent activity of matter is not just an academic question or a problem of design and engineering. Understanding the activity of matter from as many different angles and perspectives as possible might help to avoid prolonging a damaging past of passive materiality into the future.

What can we learn from the inherent structures of materials? What would this mean for design, architecture, technology, medicine and everyday life? Would it be possible to make almost everything from a few, mostly organic materials? Last but not least: What other ideas, imaginaries, and speculations of nature, culture, design, gender or politics are linked to the notion of active matter? Let’s discuss it at the MoA’s Open Space with workshops and hands-on sessions!

This is a 2-day event – Join us also for Threads: Localities & Temporalities of a Fiber Bio-Economy and Open Space Part I!

There is no registration needed! Please just come by, we’re looking forward to greeting you at Sophienstraße 22a in 10178 Berlin!

11-5 pm
Curious Ensketchments. A Graphic Anthropology of Interdisciplinarity at »Matters of Activity«
Exhibition by Maxime Le Calvé

11.30 am
Guided Tour through the Studio with Bastian Beyer

12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm
Material Futures – Syntopic Architectures
Talk, Live Demonstration and Hands-on Workshop with Elaine Bonavia, Karola Dierichs, Jessica Farmer & Karin Krauthausen

1-2 pm, 3-4 pm
Microscopy Station with Michaela Eder

1-2.30 pm
Water for Kenya
Talk, Discussion and VR Experience with Christian Stein

2-3 pm, 4-5 pm
Myko.Plektonik – Fungal Growth on Structural Textiles
Discussion with Natalija Miodragović, Dimitra Almpani-Lekka & Nelli Singer

3-4 pm
Stretching Materialities
VR Demonstration and Discussion with Christian Stein

3-3.30 pm, 4-4.30 pm
Cloud Apparatus 2018/2023
Installation & Discussion with Clemens Winkler

3–5 pm
XR in Medicine
Interactive VR Setup with Zeynep Akbal, Moritz Queisner & Christopher Remde

3:30-5 pm
Visuohaptic Exploration of Tomographic Materials
Haptic Demonstration with Lucas Rodrigues

As soon as it’s dark outside:
Brain Connectivity: Portraits
Video Work by Lucius Fekonja


This is an in-person event. If you would like to attend, please register here.

About the Venue
Matters of Activity
Sophienstraße 22a
Berlin, Berlin 10178 Germany
+49 30 2093 66258

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