Symbiotic Futures 1.0

Photo: Beetle-infested bark of a spruce tree with a dark brown relief where the beetles have worked on the bark.

Beetle-infestation of Spruce, Feldbuch I Frankonia

© Photo: Pelin Asa, MPI-CI, MoA

Modern life is mainly built on concrete, glass and steel. Recently, however, these construction materials have been increasingly discussed due to their impact on emissions, waste production and the climate crisis. In response to this, designers, architects and other scholars investigate novel approaches to biomaterials, recycling options, and circular models of fabrication and construction. The aim is to form symbiotic alliances with fungi, beetle-infested trees, bacteria or residual materials and acknowledge the surprising potentials of these unconventional collaborators.

The exhibition “Closer to Nature. Building with Fungi, Trees, Mud” at Berlinische Galerie presents three examples of how elements of nature can be understood as equal partners in architecture. Connected with a tour of the exhibition, we invite you to discuss symbiotic practices such as these - in construction, architecture and the design of daily objects. Researchers, designers and architects present core ideas of their projects, bring prototypes and photographic material to jointly discuss symbiotic futures with the participants.

The tour will be in German, the subsequent keynote speeches and discussions in English.

Vera Meyer, TU Berlin, MY-CO-X, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Johanna Ficht, Nora Wilhelm und Erik Göngrich, Mitkunstzentrale
Dimitra Almpani-Lekka, University of Ioannina, Department of Architecture, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity"
Pelin Asa, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity"
Karola Dierichs, Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity"
Lynn Hyun Kieffer, Aarhus School of Architecture
Anna Kubelík, HTWG Konstanz, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity"
Robert Stock, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Organized by Berlinische Galerie and Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Black-and-white logo of Logo, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin

Die Teilnahme ist im Museumseintritt enthalten.
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