Designing Exit Strategies – Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

I am very delighted about the invitation by Prof. Jörg Petruschat to teach a design theory class of my own choice, so I am diving right into the purpose we have dedicated for our organisation Supernova Institute. Instead of being overwhelmed or paralysed by the complexity of the current global crisis, we are joining the quest for future-oriented solutions that take into account the well-being of all living species on our beautiful planet (humans, animals, plants).

This course is inviting the students to critically reflect the appropriateness and cost of the mindset, lifestyle and consumptional habits of the global north (aka. capitalism), and to learn about regenerative projects and attempts of living a more simple, reduced, local life focused around well-being and community. We will take off with scanning through relevant literature and theories, look at design methods and how to embed them meaningfully into the design process, using this to go through a couple of iterative design sprints to come up with first ideas and suggestions for future-oriented concepts of living consciously and intentionally interconnected. Research and results will be published on Supernova Institute.

Blockchain for Culture Panel at Re:publica 2018

At this year’s Re:publica POP, I will debate together with Karim Chabrak (Coinsence), Peter Harris (Resonate), Kei Kreutler (Gnosis), and moderated by wonderful Ela Kagel (Supermarkt), about the impact blockchain already has and will have on our cultural and social structures, discussing topics like how to run a successful of coop, a systemic design approach, data-privacy and a new definition of development work. The way I see it: blockchain finally merges technology, design and spirituality and creates the next stage of consciousness. Don’t miss it!

Voluntary engagement with Coop Campus, Berlin

After several meetings with Sebastian Däschle, Schlesische 27 and Heidi Walter, Club of Engineers & Friends I joined a kick-off think tank about the most pressing issues around the Coop Campus and the new greenhouse, which was built by Raumlabor. I am looking forward to an inspiring and fruitful collaboration as representative of Supernova.Institute.

The Love School Project at Salone Satellite, Milano

Perfectly matching this years topic “Rising design from Africa & Southern America“, The Love School Project was invited to the Salone Satellite, which of course is a great honour to the project and all its participants. Berlin University of Arts will show the results among other current projects from the last semester, curated by Ineke Hans.

Designing with Blockchain for Culture – University of the Arts Bern, Switzerland

With Peter Harris, CEO and founder of resonate.is, I taught a 3 day workshop in the MA design course in Bern. We were blessed with a highly motivated and savvy group which digested the vast amount of information very well and came up with several very promising concepts for a sustainable, future society. We have collected their projects on this website.

Talk at DGTF Conference, Halle Burg Giebichenstein

At this year’s conference of the German Foundation for Design Theory and Research I was invited to speak about the projects I conducted with the University of Arts Berlin in Nairobi, Kenya. In my talk I presented theses and conclusions I draw from the experience of the collaborative work we did there to address a more contemporary, just and realistic approach towards international development and how design could actually contribute towards this change.

Field Research in Nairobi, Kenya

Starting in October, I will work much closer with the NGO Nyendo, who is supporting the Love School and 13 other privately run schools in the slums of Kangemi and Kawangware (CIFEFA network). I traveled to Kenya in late September/October to connect different initiatives with the CIFEFA schools: the Wajukuu Art Project in Lunga Lunga, the Kounkuey Design Initiative in Kibera and the FabLab GEARBOX in Nairobi.

Our vision is to establish an educational exchange program between designers, German pupils (grade 11) and the initiatives in Nairobi, which transfers both polytechnical know-how as well as tools to run self sustained food production. This work is part of my PhD research and will be developed throughout the next years. Together with the participants we came up with a name for our endeavor: INUKA SASA (rise now). 

Project Lead for Nyendo.Lernen NGO

Starting in October I will take over the project management for the work with the CIFEFA schools in Kangemi and Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya. The cooperation will be run through Supernova Institute as one of our coop’s pilot projects, trying to build networks both in Nairobi and within Africa connecting people from similar projects. Our first attempt is to implement urban gardening structures in a big co-creation workshop in early 2018, that have beed designed by participants of the Regenerate! project during my professorship Berlin University of Arts. I am super happy to join the team and hopefully will be able to create resourceful synergies!

Supernova Institute – Empowering Healthy, Sustainable Communities through Design

We are happy and proud to have finally launched a first website for our quite ambitious project, that is supposed to bring together initiatives, people and projects to develop formats and methods for empowerment through making and design. If this resonates with you and you think you should be part of our institute, please get in touch!

The Love School Project at State of Design

With great appreciation we announce our participation at State of Design. We will show the project at the Vollgut Lager of Kindl Brewery from June 1 – 4. Anna Badur and I will talk about the project on June 2, 4.30 pm.

REGENERATE ! – Fluid Community Food Systems. Interdisciplinary Project with Wajukuu Arts Project, Kenya and the Department of Architecture, UdK, Berlin

 „Cities have a crucial role to play as catalysts of the system change we need. They can embody a new story about development and progress in which the health of biodiversity, foodsheds and watersheds are key indicators of success. A city is most healthy as a meeting place for change agents, outliers, and shadow networks. The healthy city is about participation, not spectacle. Connecting is itself a form of innovation.“ John Thackara

By acknowledging the city as a living system where things grow organically, offering a new human centered fluidity, we will approach its territories as a fertile ground for community regeneration and a healthy (fair, resilient, circular, sustainable) local food system, while  understanding ourselves as agents of change by designing and producing genuine urban abundance.

This living city is already emerging with new kinds of infrastructures: food coops, collective urban gardening and farming, craft breweries etc. We will kick off the semester with a Berlin wide field research, exploring and identifying key elements for local food systems in a community context (production, transformation, distribution, consumption). We will visit and interview grass roots initiatives, start-ups, farmers, community gardens, local producers etc., cook and eat together, explore the different set-ups of community and share it all in a collective map, which will be the starting point for the semester project.

Inspired by emerging disciplines like permaculture, transition and regenerative design, the goal of this project is to experience a socially engaged design practice and to establish a systemic understanding of the topic by investigating different scenarios: we will work with an allotment garden and analyze its specific structures and rules and how these shape its community; we will explore the potential of the „house of statistics“ at Alexanderplatz, a building and space whose purpose still needs to be defined and we will address our thinking towards the very special constraints of the slums in Nairobi and its consequences for community purposes.

The systemic approach will allow us to think at different scales (Berlin/Nairobi) and help us to decolonize knowledge (and design) and to understand, how we can share knowledge and resources in fairer, healthier way.

We will approach these scenarios with questions like:
– How to propose new food products & service systems (PPS) that regenerate local economies as well as communities?
– How to use mobile & lean structures to establish resilient and circular food systems that will not be affected by politics, real estate speculation etc.?
– How to help people to take back the city by establishing shared food production/transformation/systems?

with Virginie Gailing, Prof. Markus Bader,St. Oberholz, KDI, Barefoot Solutions, NGO Nyendo, Edgeryders’ OpenVillage

get more information on the website

The Love School Project @ Republica!

While the exhibition of “The Love School Project” is still running, Antony and I will give a Talk at Republica in May, sharing our insights and plans for the future of the project. Looking forward to a big audience and great feedback!

further information

Berlin Design Digest – Essay & Project

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of UNESCO naming Berlin a “City of Design”, the editors Robert Eysoldt, a strategic and creative consultant, and Raban Ruddigkeit, a designer and editor, have assembled 100 successful projects, products, and processes by 75 Berlin agencies, design labs, public initiatives, networks, and universities, which currently connect Berlin with the world in “The Berlin Design Digest”, published by Slanted.

I am very honored to not only present “The ShitShow”, one of 6 unconventional projects that were developed during the Hacking Utopia project at UdK, but also having been invited to write an essay about a topic I think to be relevant in the current design debate. The text reflects the contemporality of the ever so famous design thinking framework and demands for the design community to step up and reclaim their expertise, while adjusting the creative innovation processes to the current needs of a world in crisis, including self reflection, embodied cognition and focus on taboos – it’s about time to come clean.

Order the book here 

The Love School Project – Exhibition at Gallery 1.1. & Auction

THE LOVE SCHOOL PROJECT
co-creation and design for transformation

VERNISSAGE Thursday · May 4, 2017 · 7pm

EXHIBITION May 5 – 10, 2017

weekend 12pm – 7pm · weekdays 5pm – 9pm
Galerie erstererster · Pappelalle 69 · 10437 Berlin

AUCTION unitedcharity.de/Specials/The-Love-School-Project

PRESENTING Louis Bindernagel · Anna Drewes
Martin Fenske · Georgia von le Fort · Julius Führer
Dario Iannone · Antony Karori · Agnes Kelm
Yannik Rohloff · Anna Ryzhova · Pauline Schlautmann
& Kids from Love School · Kawangware · Nairobi · Kenya

SUPERVISION Prof. Susanne Stauch · Anna Badur
SUPPORT Antony Karori · NGO Nyendo · German Embassy

theloveschoolproject.cre8tives.org

Campus Collisions – When I die, how will you celebrate me? UdK, Berlin

 

A JOURNEY THROUGH FUNERAL CULTURE HERITAGE IN DIFFERENT CULTURES
Text by Jan Janas

(1) In our Western Christian-based world funeral is a place full of black color and sad faces. It is a very boring and dull ritual disembodied of its original spiritual meaning.
(2) In our Collision we have asked ourselves how to re-interpret funerals in a more contemporary and globalized way, following its long-lasting ritualistic heritage, but without focusing on one worldview, one religion, or one tradition alone.
(3) It appears that celebration and respect are the key words to be taken into consideration. Celebration of live in all its facets—with dead being a part of it, a part of the balance like Yin and Yang. And respect for the missed one and, in a way, for all the deads.
(4) In a research on what different cultures around the world think about death, we’d like to take you on a etymological tour that is the start of a re-designed 21st century funeral.
(5) In Japan, WABI-SABI is a therm that expresses the acceptance of the natural cycle of growth and decay. It is an aesthetic term that refers to the beauty of „patina“ or „usage“ over brand new.
(6) In ancient Greek, LETHE is a river underworld that, when drunk from, made souls forget the sufferings of life.
(7) In Old English, DUSTSCEAWUNG (literally „contemplation of the dust“), is a reflection on former civilizations and peoples, and on the knowledge that all things will turn to dust.
(8) In French, SILLAGE refers to the scent that lingers in air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been gone; the trace of someone’s perfume.
(9) In Welsch, HIRAETH means the homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.
(10) In the hebraic world, MIZPAH is the deep emotional bond between people, especially those separated by distance or death.
(11) While in German, KUMMERSPECK is the excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
(12) In Portugiese-speaking countries, especially Brasil, SAUDADE is „the love the remains“: a nostalgic longing to be near again to something or someone that is distant.
(13) Taking into consideration the various rituals around the world and the most deepest human needs for a funeral goodbye to their loved ones, we have had fun in re-designing ceremonies and are happy to exhibit them for your pleasure. 

  

   


SEED (Marilia Afxentiou, Louis Bruno Bindernagel, Hannah Möser, Mizu Sugai, Yannik Rohloff, Cindy Valdez, Patricia Wagner)

   

   


CONNECT (Ruth Biene, Jasmin Erb, Tal Golan Hazan, Jan Janas, Abena Karhan, Ivana Kolak, Pablo Martinez, Yasemin Ozkaynak, Momme Ries, Tim Süßbauer, Vi Nghiem Tuong)


OGS / OPEN GRIEF SPACE (Zoe Agathos, Louis Bruno Bindernagel, Forough Fami, Nikko Forteza Rumpf, Julius Führer, Grete Smitaite, Eicke Arved Zinke)


Concept and Supervision:
GastProf. Susanne Stauch, IPP, UdK
Virginie Gailing, Strategic Design & REDEATH.ORG
Sabine Schneider, Fashion/Costumedesign & Dance Pedagogy

with students from GWK, Product, Fashion, Art, Costume, Choreography/Dance, Musical/Show
Marilia Afxentiou, Zoe Agathos, Ruth Biene, Louis Bruno Bindernagel, Jasmin Erb, Forough Fami, Nikko Forteza Rumpf, Julius Führer, Tal Golan Hazan, Jan Janas, Abena Karhan, Ivana Kolak, Pablo Martinez, Hannah Möser, Vi Nghiem Tuong, Yasemen Ozkaynak, Momme Ries, Yannik Rohloff, Grete Smitaite, Mizu Sugai, Tim Süßbauer, Cindy Valdez, Patricia Wagner, Eicke Arved Zinke

Un/Certain Futures, Symposium at HBK Braunschweig

The symposium focused on the role of design in social transformation processes. Can futures be designed for the better in a sustainable manner at all? Or will the effects of design interventions always be more or less random reactions to well-intentioned creative acts into otherwise independently evolving autopoietic systems? What is actually »the better«, which we aspire? Should the concept of design be completely rethought?

It was a multi-faceted mind opener. Thanks to the organisers and speakers for two inspiring days.

 

Reflecting Research, DGTF conference at Bauhaus Dessau

Two days of various insights into design research methods and reflections on how design should and could position itself within the context of global challenges as a discipline embracing innovation and solution oriented quest were followed by a colloquium of one of the society’s themes “design promoviert”, where PhD-students and aspirants can present their topics and questions for high quality feedback. I did so and with my still very basic state of research and ideas actually initiated a new format to invite novices with the urge to do research into the arena of the academic research community. It was great to talk about my thoughts and receive very empathic and dedicated feedback. Definitely coming around again!

 

 

The Love School Project, BA design project, UdK, Berlin

Besides the financial support of the school in Nairobi, the goal of the project is diverse: it’s an experiment in co-creation as a new and empowering way to work together internationally, it will sensitize the students to see their work as a creative service in a client relationship and it offers the kids from the Love School Center the opportunity to participate in the purchase of the the grounds and thus support their feeling of self-efficacy. For all participants this project will be an inspiring, mind expanding experience.

With a focus on craft, material understanding and form development the project is dedicated to the number Pi = 3,14… The work will be mostly in porcelain and fine metals, wood and fabric are possible as well. Besides the design process the question of value of those materials, the necessity of new products and the relation to a global social context will be reflected. There is a cooperation with the „Love School Center“ in the Slum Kangemi in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the NGO „NYENDO“ we have the artist and a coordinator Anthony Karori on-site, who will work with the children around the topic of pi and will create drawings, collages, photographs etc. together. In exchange with the students from UdK these first interpretations will be taken up and developed further aesthetically, functionally and formally. The students will be in touch with the kids on a regular basis through skype and the finished design objects will be sold in an auction at the end of the semester. The revenue serves the purchase of land on which the Love School Center stands which is in danger of being cleared out due to speculation.

Concept & Supervision: GastProf. Susanne Stauch, IPP, ID2, UdK
Partner: Irmgard Wutte/ Nyendo NGO
Financial Support: Martin Bisicky & Dominik Becker

visit the website

Resonate at Retune Festival, Berlin

Among many other international talks and presentations in the past months and weeks, we presented our music streaming service RESONATE at the Retune Festival in Berlin which was the first place where we officially announced the crowdfunding campaign (starting October 25, 2016). YAY!

Creative Production Lab, Berlin

Das Creative Production Lab (cp/lab) bringt 12 Unternehmer_innen aus der Technologiebranche mit 12 Unter­ nehmer_innen aus der Kreativwirt­schaft zusammen. Die Teilnehmen­den profitieren gegenseitig von ihren jeweiligen Kompetenzen und stärken so ihre Innovationsfähigkeit. Es geht um ein Miteinander auf Augenhöhe. Darum, zu verstehen, wie die anderen ticken und mit welchen Methoden und Technologien sie arbeiten. Und darum, zu lernen, wie Synergien und erfolgrei­che Kollaborationen entstehen können. Ich freue mich, dabei zu sein und bin gespannt auf zwei volle Tage unter anderem mit Jonathan Keep, Keramikdruckern und vielen neuen Ideen!

Hacking Utopia – Who Cares? Exhibition at designtransfer, UdK

The results of our inter- and transdisciplinary project will be shown at designtransfer, UdK
New strategies for the future viability of our social, health care and welfare system within our demographically changing society.
At the opening we will launch the projects on the crowdfunding platform Startnext. Fund your favourite project here.

0pening: wednesday, 20. July, 7 p.m.
tour: saturday, 23. July, 12:30 p.m.
exhibition: 21. July– 24. July, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

designtransfer Universität der Künste Berlin, Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin

Impact Week in Nairobi, Kenia

Very much looking forward to participating as a design thinking coach at the Impact Week in July. It is a program uniting people from a variety of countries to develop sustainable business models using different innovation techniques like Design Thinking and Business Model Generation.

Symposium UNDESIGN at Angewandte, Vienna

My crazy day trip to Vienna was totally worth it, not only did I meet very interesting designers and researchers at the UNDESIGN Symposium but also did I find my own ideas and thoughts about the state of design confirmed. Considering our complex contemporary world of crisis and “peak everything”, as Dr. Catharine Rossi put it, Design needs to take on new tasks. The presentations showed current directions that all question our doings in the anthropocene and suggest a reductive, redistributing, craft and repair-focused approach. The speakers agreed that design has always been a collective social project and that a critical view on things have always been inherent to design. The discussions reminded me a lot of Fritjof Capra’s writings where he describes the transition from the human centered anthropocentric perspective to the ecocentric world view, in which we understand ourselves as inseparable from our habitat and the need to protect it. It was an intense and inspiring day in Vienna, too dense to summarize it really.

Hacking Utopia Talk #2 – Design and Open Strategies, designtransfer, Berlin

Nadia El- Imam from Edgeryders and Daniel Kruse from Open State are going to give us insights and case studies on how to build our future with open, collaborative and interdisciplinary networks. Very much looking forward to that evening! Thanks again to Designtransfer, UdK for giving it a stage.

Hacking Utopia Talk #1 – Design and Politics for Tomorrow, designtransfer, Berlin

Sabine Junginger and Caroline Paulick-Thiel both did an amazing job in explaining the complexity of policy making and how designers can get involved and how design can and should grow into the realm of social transformation. They are both involved with the initiative politics for tomorrow. Looking forward to further cooperation! Thanks to Designtransfer UdK to make this evening happen.

Hacking Utopia – interdisciplinary project with GWK, Edgeryders’ research project #OpenCare and Startnext, UdK, Berlin

We had a very intense 3 day kick-off workshop in Sauen with 11 product design and 10 GWK students diving into the topic of #OpenCare and how this relates to hacking, people on the move, mental resilience, food cultures and their own lives. The project is contributing its research and design results to the project OP3N CARE, which is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. We have very ambitious goals: working interdisciplinary within the university and in collaboration with the online community Edgeryders, this project is rooted in a real world context. StartNext is another partner, offering us input and support to create high quality campaigns to crowdfund the design results. Those will be shown at designtransfer, UdK in July 2016 and in a final exhibition of the research project in Milan and London in 2017. Another great opportunity for the students is the chance to apply for a fellowship to get further support on their ideas, e.g. by CERN. To find out about the project, visit the  OP3N Care Community for deep content and interest in the research or the Hacking Utopia website for a general overview of our project work

HUOC_workshop2

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Porcelain Evolution Lab – BA design project, UdK, Berlin

This project was dedicated to surface design as a haptic-functional and sensual-adeptable Interface between human and object.

The students approached the design process in three designated steps: supposedly inspiring experiments to get a touch and feel for the material were the starting point, followed and accompanied by a research and concept phase. These three methods eventually merged. Towards the end, of course, when the ideas were tangible, the students focused on parameters, proportions and practicability. The process was meant to be understood as an experimental evolution from analog through digital towards hybrid states. The aim was to develop surface structures that are known from other contexts and are transformed or sampled as such to cause irritation, so far only visually adeptable structures that reach a new quality in porcelain, structures that oscillate between grace and feature. The project is documented on this website.

 

We will show the results at Galerie erstererster, Pappelallee 69, 10437 Berlin

OPENING  23.04.2016  19.00

EXHIBITION 24. – 26.04.2016, Sun 12.00 – 19.00 & Mon/Tue 17.00 – 21.00

PARTICIPANTS Moriel Blau /Tomma Suki Hinrichsen /Parinaz Jabirian /Emilia Knabe /Markus Koistinen / Laureanne Kootstra /Dennis-Thong Nguyen / Clara Poeverlein / Hyein Pyo / Julius Terhedebrügge

WITH Dipl.Des. Laura Straßer / Dip.Des. Daniel Schulze

 

 

PORCLAB_web

 

Campus Collisions – Kinetic Sound Objects, UdK, Berlin

In a on week short project I collided with the Jazz musician Tilmann Dehnhard and my dear colleague form the basic laboratory in our faculty, Johanna Dehio. It was a lot of fun to support the enthusiastic students from various fields (dance, architecture, social- and business communications etc.) in building the awkward and fun sound hullabaloo machine parade. See for yourself

Guest Professor at UdK Berlin

Starting in October I will hold a guest professorship at the University of Arts, Berlin. I am very much looking forward to this great opportunity and I am currently preparing the curriculum. This winter semester we will work at the PORCELAIN EVOLUTION LAB. For the summer semester 2016 I am  preparing a project in the area of social transformation. It is a huge coop. The students will work in interdisciplinary teams of product designers and social- and business communicaters, we work with StartNext, my friend Nadia El-Imam from Edgeryders who runs a research project on OpenCare and Ezio Manzini. The project will be accompanied by exhibitions and talks at Designtransfer. Check out the growing website around it here: HACKING UTOPIA.

Politics for Tomorrow – Workshop Facilitation

Until September 15 you can still sign up for participation, it’s an innovative conference running October 15/16 at Ex-Rotaprint in Berlin: “Politics for Tomorrow” is aimed at people from politics, administration, education, municipalities, foundations and civil society organizations. We look forward to a variety of perspectives and an exciting exchange. If you wish to participate, the registration form is available via Get Involved on the website menu. The event will be held in German and English with bilingiual interpretation.

Reassembling Relationships – Conference by DGTF at FH-Potsdam

Planning to go at least one day, since it’s overlapping with the Politics for Tomorrow Conference…

“In a growing state of omnipresent connectivity, it seems that anything can be potentially connected – anytime, anywhere. We are embedded in a myriad of mundane socio-technical alliances, as humans and non-humans ceaselessly correspond and perform. Therefore, the urgency arises to raise the question: What relationships do we enter in to with our fellow agents, what new positions
do we find ourselves in?

From utopian to dystopian visions and realities: We invite perspectives on the role of design in all of this, on new forms of negotiation with and through things, and on what new analytical frameworks this calls for as we further embark in to these technically mediated futures.

The conference will take place on 16. and 17. of October at the University of Applied Sciences. Potsdam. More information on fees and accomodations will follow:

http://www.dgtf.de/tagungen/english

Kann Gestaltung Gesellschaft verändern? – Symposium im HKW

Sehr gespannt auf den Input im HKW am 18./19. September!

Kann Gestaltung Gesellschaft verändern? Wie können wir in die sich stets fortschreitende Modernisierung emanzipative Ideen einschreiben? Hat sich der Anspruch des Bauhauses und der klassischen Avantgarden, durch Gestaltung Gesellschaft positiv zu verändern, eingelöst? Wie können wir uns heute in neuer Weise vorstellen, Wandel und Zukunft zu gestalten? Was sind gezielte, aber doch ergebnisoffene Arbeitsformen? Welche Rolle spielt Co-Produktion? Wie kann man sein eigenes Dasein gestalten? Welche Rolle kommt dem Gestalter zu? Oder hätte heute eher die Abwesenheit von Gestaltung ein befreiendes Moment?

Transparency Grenade Edition – first piece went to France

Julian Oliver’s Transparency Grenade is now available as an edition. The production of the whole piece is now in my hands: I improved the prototype in its functionality and  remodeled the body. Now it really works the way it’s supposed to! I am very proud to be involved in this amazing project!

 

transparency grenade

RE/SET – entwurf, knowledge, discipline Conference at HfG Offenbach

As the title already assumes there where three topics and their speakers of which for the the third part, discipline, was the most interesting. I was surprised how intensely theoreticised the talks were that dealt mostly with product semantics and the research tradition of the HfG Offenbach, where it was developed. My favourite talk however was given by Gui Bonsiepe, who questioned the efforts of design to step into the traditional academic approach towards becoming a discipline and reminded the auditorium that already in times of the first methodology conferences back at HfG Ulm they had come to the conclusion that design has to be practical.

>>RE/SET

 

20 years “Made in Hanau” exhibition at goldsmithing house, Hanau

I am very happy to be part of the exhibition from my first collaborative workshop back in 2000 which is now, after 20 years, a real institution. The opening was really crowded and I met a lot of old colleagues, the exhibition has been put together very carefully and it’s worth going. Thanks Made in Hanau to make this happen!

I am presenting my >>Aum-lets
forged silver and gold nuggets, stamped with the sanskrit sign for AUM.

 

Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau
Altstädter Markt 6
63450 Hanau

Tue – Sun 11.00 – 17.00, Mondays closed
until 07. September 2014

GH_Aumlet

 

How 3D-printing Affects Design Amazing Functional Research at UdK

Yesterday I attended the semester presentation of ID5, run by my former supervisor Prof. Burkhard Schmitz who created an impressive overview of functional studies with his students. Back in 2007/2008 when I was working at my isopt porcelain project he would already preach the necessity of focusing on new possibilities to integrate function into the geometry of the designed artifact which is an important and basic insight that I pass on to my students as well.

I really hope the results of that show will be published in a book as it would be a wonderful tool to communicate the interconnectedness of material, production process and function resulting in an aesthetic that is pure and obvious.

ID5-3Ddruck

Dessau Design Show

It was a pleasure to see the projects of my MA&MAID class “RE_Hybrids & Identity” all nicely presented on the Dessau campus amongst the main semester project “Fear” by my colleague Prof. Susanna Hertrich and the expertise posters about bionics by Prof. Dieter Raffler. In the main building of the design department a colorful and manifoldly show of 2D, 3D and 4D projects as well as some results of the design theory classes were displayed. I very much enjoyed my collaboration with the new professor for design theory in Dessau, Prof. Michael Hohl. We composed a very interesting and critical collection of texts for our class “ethics & aesthetics in design”.  I am very much looking forward to the next semester where I will teach another design theory class and substitute Prof. Katja Thoring in the 2D/3D foundation course during her research semester.

>> glimpses of the Design Show 

>> Hybrids & Identity Blog

 

 

Expert for Decentralized Production – Baukulturatlas Deutschland 2030/2050

LBN+YTableDAZ-1I was invited by Matthias Böttger from raumtaktik to participate in the future workshop #3 at DAZ, which is an ongoing experimental research project by BMVDI and BBSR  about the possible futures of Germany in 2030 and 2050.
It was an inspiring and eye opening day with amazing input by a couple of experts from different backgrounds talking about sustainability, energy, environment, society and technology. I feel very honoured having been a participant and contributer to this exciting project and look forward to the publication of the results.

>> my statement (german only)

 

The Politics of the Makers – Conference by DGTF at HFBK Hamburg

With my colleague Prof. Katja Thoring and some of the students of her “scientific publishing” class at the MAID program in Dessau we attended the conference at HBK Hamburg. One of my favourite talks was by Florian A. Schmidt, a former fellow student and co-contributor in our publication from 2010 “critical mass”. Not only because we are friends but because he was able to take the auditorium along in his narrative about the maker culture and the crowds, his talk left me with lively images and ideas. Equally rich was the journey by Florian Walzer through the development of the greek term “banaus” to the current understanding of a maker or crafts person. The greatest discovery for my own interest was Prof. Heidrun Allert from Kiel who was talking about pedagogy and design from a perspective of philosophy. She explained the definition of “double loop learning” and stuck in my mind with the sentence: to find oneself useful through making. There were plenty more talks from especially social science specialists that for my taste were a bit too abstract in the context of the theme, yet they all delivered very important statements and insights. Great conference with lots of learnings!

>> program Politik der Maker

Self Efficacy Through Opposition – Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer at UdK

After the recommendation by Prof. Dieter Raffler back last summer to read the book “think yourself – instructions to oppositions” by Harald Welzer I was grateful to have finally found a public figure who speaks the truth about the failure of our system, the need for each single person to start and get our hands dirty and especially to become active opposers of obvious manipulation that only serves the profit of the few while destroying our environment and resources. And so of course, I had to go and see him in person in the old library at UdK. Welzer is a very smart and eloquent social scientist who knows how to lead (and win) a discussion. However, the victory went to one student who pointed out that while we all sit here and talk about sustainability, why do we need to have all the light bulbs turned on in the room, this said, he turned half of the light off and earned a big applause. I highly recommend to read this book and spread the word. My students in Dessau were very inspired as well.

>> Prof. Dr. Welzer at Futurzwei

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NOW FUTURE – Dutch Designweek in Eindhoven

With a couple of students from my “Hybrids & Identity” class and a group of students who took the class “Misfits” by Prof. Katja Thoring, we headed off to the Dutch Designweek over the weekend. It was my first time and I was very inspired by the open and critical approaches we encountered, I have always been a big fan of Droog and the Eindhoven was full with this spirit. My favorite designs were material and color experiments, one researched the reaction of oak and iron, a material connection carpenters should avoid because the acid of the oak reacts with the iron and creates stains. Here it was used to create beautiful patterns and leave color traces on purpose. The other project was working with the intense red color of beetroot. Porcelain vessels were put into the colored liquid and soaked in the red color. Very unique and beautiful. One of the “Misfits”-participants took this inspiration and created a beautiful recycle project.

>> tannic acid by Steven Banken

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Cycle Safe – BLINKbags at Maker’s Market

On the first sundays of November and December I will sell the BLINKbags at makers market in Prenzlauer Berg. These bags are made of neon yellow cotton. A stylish form of protection while riding your bike. Messenger bags are good for books and laptops, while the Shopper model packs in a week worth of groceries. Come around!

>> makers market
>> order online

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Making Futures – Crafts and Design Conference in Plymouth

With a ferry the participants of the conference were brought to an estate outside town to attend the talks of designers and craftsmen from all over Europe at Mt. Edgcumbe House. They had several tracks so of course I couldn’t hear all of the talks, thus focused on the pedagogy track. I learned a lot about the current discourse in the field and realized, that not so much had happened since I was into the topic back in 2008/09. Happy to have met Tomas Diez who runs the FabLab in Barcelona and Camille Bosqué who works on her PhD about Hackerspaces. Amazing keynotes by Gareth Neil about his attempt to build non-carbon footprint furniture  and by  Jaideep Prabhu introducing the indian design approach “jugaad”.

>> Making Futures Conference

SHARiNG the CiTY – Social Community Building, Neukölln Berlin

As I was going to move to Schillerkiez in Neukölln, which is a hot spot of gentrification right next to the Tempelhof air field I very soon realized the intense atmosphere in the neighborhood. Being inspired by the meetings with the EdgeRyder’s community I decided to start a local initiative to find out what the neighborhood needs and wants. The first events we did were some meetings with people from a community building background where the major problem already became obvious. Nobody from the neighborhood turned up although I had spend several hours to walk around cafés, markets, the church, supermarket – you name it – to spread the word and invite people to come. As a local action we then spread the poster campaign by Litekultur around the neighborhood hoping to get in touch with curious people. Dead loss. I did apply for funding via Projekt Neue Nachbarschaft with the idea to make a book which presents the people and their initiatives especially through one of the things that connects us all: food. So it was supposed to become a Schillerkiez cooking book with personal stories and background information of the neighbors and their  effort to support the neighborhood. Unfortunately the project wasn’t selected for funding and I really hope to find other ways to support the approach of giving something back to the Kiez.

>> SHARiNGtheCiTY

Digital Turn – Design in the Era of Interactive Technologies Publication at Park Books

After one year of writing, translation, editing and great layout the collaborative book was finally published. I am very grateful to having been asked to contribute. My essay “digital culture: from open design to creating your own future” is one of 47 texts by contemporary artists and designers active in the digital world.

#LOTE 2 – EdgeRyders Conference in Brussels

Very excited to travel to Brussels and see my dear friend Nadia, co-founder of the Council of Europe’s project “Edgeryders”, who is one of the main organisers of our second get together. Besides the usual creative barcamp days we will have some appointments at the council and discuss our questions and suggestions with a couple of politicians. With this conference the official part of Edgeryders will come to an end and it very much looks like the community has grown together so intensely that we will continue anyhow.

>> Edgeryders

Qualification as Systemic Coach ECA Certificate

Today was the final exam of my advanced education to become a systemic coach. The content of the course is useful on a wide range of applicable fields: whether in the classic setting with clients, as a workshop facilitator or teacher or as a consultant. The content and approach perfectly rounds off the learning at D-school and the insights I gained as a workshop teacher for crafts and software.

>> European Coaching Association

Berlin – Wielkopolska Design Innovation & Exchange Programme by IDZ

Ake Rudolph, the coordinator of the exchange program invited me to participate in a 2-day event at the Concordia Design Center in Poznan, Poland. After half a day of talks by German designers and Polish companies there was a small exhibition with a selection of Berlin designers: Joa Herrenknecht, Rupert Kopp, delikatdesign, e27 and myself. We introduced our work following a match making session between us and the Polish companies. Very interesting contacts have been made in these short but focused pitches. The next day some of us stayed to assist in a design thinking workshop that was lead by Iwona Gasińska-Mulczyńska. As a design consultant and group lead it was very exciting to observe the participants and their reactions to my advices. A great chance to practice my learnings from the the systemic coach training and of course refresh my design thinking knowledge from the D-school back in 2009.

>> Berlin Wielkopolska
>> IDZ

Ethics & Aesthetics in Design – Teaching Design Theory in Dessau

I am very happy to have received the offer to teach the class “Ethics & Aesthetics in Design” in the design department of the University of Applied Sciences Dessau. It is a great chance to plant good seeds in the minds of the designers of the future. “Designers are dangerous” Otl Aicher says in his book “the world as a design”. Because they are critical, they want to improve things and they investigate, research, dig to the ground. I hope to make them even more dangerous in terms of a critical approach to the world of production and cosumption as it is and to make them understand the responsibility they have in shaping a future we all want to live in.

Transparency Grenade at Transmediale – Construction and Design for Critical Engineer Julian Oliver

I am very proud to announce my participation in this overwhelming project by Julian Oliver. Thanks to some former colleagues from the Transmediale team who helped at our CYO 2011 conference, I got in touch with him and we developed a luxurious, hand crafted version of a grenade that is a provocative statement to all the secret meetings and agreements happening especially on an international level.

>> transparency grenade

 

CREATE YOUR OWN Conference & Exhibition in Berlin

Supported by the European Commission, Nadia EL-Imam and I are hosting the first “Create Your Own 2011″ event in Berlin — a business symposium and demo exhibition that brings together some of the foremost European thinkers and doers in mass customization, personalization and customer co-design. This networking event shall provide a hub for discussion, showcase experience and offer participants to expand their network with a focus on start-ups and open-minded entrepreneurs in business-to-consumers (BTC) markets.

>> cyo2011
>> pictures of the event

Kritische Masse – von Profis und Amateuren im Design – Publication at form+zweck

With deep gratitude to Walter Scheiffele, who continuously pushed to project and supported us all we finally made it to edit our texts and get the book finished. Don’t miss to read what we think about professionals and amateurs in design and how the design world is shifting due to the evolving open and participatory approaches and the amazing possibilities the new technologies can offer.

>> order at ProQM

Texts by Florian A. Schmidt, Peter Lasch, Susanne Stauch, Friedrich Kautz, Fritz Gobbesso
Illustration and Layout by Andreas Töpfer

 

300+X – Experimental Porcelain Design Exhibition at Porzellanikon, Selb

It is 300 years ago, that the first European porcelain company fired their primary pieces. Celebrating this, the Porzellanikon in Selb, one of the German capitals of porcelain, comes up with the largest exhibition on the topic ever in this continent. (wow!) The covering theme is Königstraum und Massenware which is subdivided into several small exhibitions, where isopt is being presented at the 300+X – In Search of Tomorrow’s Porcelain

The opening was on 24. April 2010. The exhibition runs until 2. November 2010. Don’t miss it!

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Presentation&Workshop Atoms&Bits Festival

I was invited to do a session about the isopt project on the festival. It was very interesting to discuss the topic of open design and participation with people who are somewhat familiar with the topic because we could really dive into details and questions about general concepts and learnings from such apporaches.

>> interview by Anja Krieger
>> atoms&bits festival

open everything focus #2 newthinking store

Today I was invited to give a presentation of isopt at the newthinking store in Berlin concerning open design approaches. Also presenting where Ronen Kadushin with his product design concepts, André Knörig with Fritzing, Cecilia Palmer with her fashion label pamoyo and some people from the Creative Commons initiative. The event, taking place every last thursday of each month aims at getting people together who are into the open topic to discuss and create a network. So come and join next time!