EXC 2025/1: Matters of Activity. Image Space Material

A ground-breaking event of the 21st century is and will be the re-invention of the analogue in the digital age. Its core is a new active materiality which is beginning to transform research and everyday life. In the future, techniques will no longer be based on the idea of passive tools and materials that need human- and machine-centred agency to make them move and work. Materials are now increasingly perceived as physical and symbolic agents. This challenges traditional concepts of image, space, and material, which are increasingly seen as interrelated, inseparable carriers and agents of information. The aim of the Cluster “Matters of Activity” is to provide the foundations for a new culture of active materiality, enabling the development of sustainable, energy-saving artefacts and techniques by focusing on their active spaces and symbolic forms. The inseparability of active images, spaces, and materials makes the endeavour inherently interdisciplinary, requiring historical analysis, experimental and design-oriented research, as well as the scrutiny of its practical and theoretical consequences. The humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and design disciplines will be equal partners. The Cluster also envisions a new role for “Gestaltung” in all disciplines as an integral part of materials development, given the increasing abundance of materials and visualisation tools available. Through exemplary research projects, the Cluster will systematically explore design strategies for materials and structures that are capable of adapting to specified challenges, investigate traditional processes (such as filtering, weaving, and cutting), and interrogate the confluence of dynamic visual representations, geometry, and symbolic forms within matter. The Cluster will establish an integrative and flexible infrastructure that builds on the legacies of previous design institutions including the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm and the Black Mountain College by focusing on making, thinking, and experimenting. Combining the legacies of the 200-year history of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the 100-year history of the Bauhaus, the Cluster “Matters of Activity” will be a dynamic interdisciplinary laboratory. Advancing the existing Cluster “Image Knowledge Gestaltung”, where formats for interdisciplinary collaboration have already been established, it will be located in the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques, an interdisciplinary faculty of HU Berlin. The Cluster will also expand academic research and teaching by using the open Humboldt-Labor as a new platform for interacting with the public in the Humboldt Forum. As a thriving creative centre with numerous research facilities, design academies, collections and museums, and an internationally acclaimed start-up and design scene, Berlin is an eminently suitable location for an endeavour of this kind.

Principal investigators
Schäffner, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Knowledge and Cultural History)
Bredekamp, Horst Prof. Dr. (Details) (Senior Professor and Professors retired)
Fratzl, Peter Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces)
Mareis, Claudia Prof. Dr. (Details) (Design and History of Knowledge)

Further project members
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Blümle, Claudia Prof. Dr. (Details) (History and Theory of Form)
Evans, Myfanwy E. Dr. (Technical University Berlin)
Hengge, Regine Prof. Dr. (Details) (Microbiology)
Jürgen, Sieck Prof. Dr. (University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics)
Kassung, Christian Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Cultural Techniques and History of Knowledge)
Macdonald, Sharon Prof. Dr. (Details) (Social Anthropology)
Müller-Birn, Claudia Prof. Dr. (Free University of Berlin)
Niewöhner, Jörg Prof. Dr. (Details) (Director / Office)
Nyakatura, John Prof. Dr. (Details) (Morphology (Zoology) and Form History)
Picht, Thomas PD Dr. (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

DFG Excellence Strategy: Cluster

Duration of project
Start date: 01/2019
End date: 12/2025

Research Areas
Art History, Music, Theatre and Media Studies, Computer Science, Construction Engineering and Architecture, Humanities and Social Sciences, Literary Studies, Materials Science, Mathematics, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Non-European Cultures, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies

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