sensing materials lab 2018
A Sensory Laboratory Situation at Werkbund Archive - Museum of Things Berlin

What role do the sensual properties of new materials play in their development? What does sensuality mean in times of technologization? How do symbolic meanings and sensual material properties correlate? Does the sensual level become less and less important when it comes to materials, which are developed for the implementation of technical high performance? Or, to put it differently: do materials that stem from technical codes and respond to interaction and stimulation as we do experience sensual moments? These questions were studied in an open sensory laboratory set-up as part of the exhibition "The Eroticism of Things" from may to september 2018.

Collaboratively with Julia Wolf, I developed and designed associative interactive tools and material artefacts to explore the relationship of symbolic meaning and sensual properties of materials. In two open workshops together with diverse actors the questions were discussed. The “sensing materials lab” was a joint project by Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Department of Experimental Material Research, and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with the Werkbund Archive - Museum of Things as part of the exhibition “The Eroticism of Things" and the transdisciplinary research project “smart materials satellites” which explored didactics through material based design research to translate scientific and technological knowledge. "smart materials satellites" was a transdisciplinary two-year research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.