Matters of Activity

Enveloping atmospheres - experiment with structural textiles (knitted willow column)
Enveloping atmospheres - experiment with structural textiles (knitted willow column) - by the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« at the Humboldt-University Berlin in the Tieranatomisches Theaters. It shows scientific observations and public interaction of climate futures. (© Exzellenzcluster »Matters of Activity« EXC 2025, Clemens Winkler, Natalija Miodragović. Photo Credit: Michelle Mantel)
Clusters of Excellence

Image Space Material

The Cluster »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« aims to create a basis for a new culture of materials. The central vision of the Cluster is to rediscover the analog in the activity of images, spaces and materials in the age of the digital.

Biology and technology, mind and material, nature and culture intertwine in a new way. In this context, the interdisciplinary research and development of sustainable practices and structures is a central concern in areas such as architecture and soft robotics, textiles, materials and digital filters, and surgical cutting techniques.

In six projects, more than 40 disciplines systematically investigate design strategies for active materials and structures that adapt to specific requirements and environments. The Cluster focuses on a new role of design, which is emerging in the context of growing diversity and the continuous development of materials and visualization forms in all disciplines.

Involved Institutions:

  • Charité
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung
  • Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

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