Guest Lecture: Uta Brandes and Michael Erlhoff

October 19, 2015, posted in News & Events
On Tuesday the 20th of October at 9.30 AM, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff and Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes will give us one of their infamous lectures.  Guests are cordially welcome to attend! Universität der Künste Berlin, Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin, Room 204, 9.30 AM

The New Colloquium

September 15, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Dear friends of the colloquium, from now on, we will meet biweekly and are proud to present alternately exciting guests and interesting scientific papers or both at a time! On thursday at 9:30 we will meet in room 204 (!) at Einsteinufer 43 to welcome our first guest and doctoral researcher Susanne Ritzmann, who will present the paper: Products and Practices: Selected Concepts from Science and Technology Studies and from

Kompaktkurs I Design and Conflict

June 30, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Michelle Christensen / Florian Conradi What is the relation between ‘design’ and ‘conflict’? From armed conflicts and environmental strifes, to economic crisis and increasingly socially disrupted societies - what role might design play in all of this? When observing design emerging in conflict situations - be it the re-use of phone credits as currency, the use of DIY drones and balloons to monitor conflicts zones, or

Weekly Colloquium: Science-Fact / Science-Fiction

June 30, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
by Michelle Christensen & Florian Conradi 25.06.2015 In this weeks colloquium we take a deeper look in to the muddy middle-ground of science and fiction, and in which ways they become dependent on each other in technological developments. We will draw on Julian Bleecker’s arguments of a ‘Science-Fact / Science-Fiction Continuum’ from his essay ‘Design Fiction’ (2009), adding some further examples from current facts and fictions, and


June 30, 2015, posted in News & Events
11.06.2015 Provider of "smart" and "portable" technologies bid the measurement of individual vitality values as a necessary condition of an optimal life plan. Only through a supposedly objective quantification is life–- so is the promise – worth living. We take the severity of this strenuous endeavor and design objects and services that create poetic, but also very practical friendly moments in the life of their owners. Presentation by

Colloquium, june 4th about “Opening Production” needs to be postponed.

June 2, 2015, posted in
On thursday, june 4th, we will talk about "Opening Production", based based on a text by by Sanna Marttila, Elisabet M. Nilsson and Anna Seravalli in Making Futures edited by Pelle Ehn et al., MIT Press, 2014 A new date will be fixed soon.

Community Now meets Joachim Gauck and Reuven Rivlin

May 26, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Last week, we had the opportunity to participate in the "LivingFuture!" conference of our partners at DIZF and to present our @HybridLetterbox to the presidents of Germany and Israel, Joachim Gauck and Reuven Rivlin. Thanks for this wonderful event! Photos by DIZF/Eyal Granit & Miriam Daur

Weekly Colloquium: How critical making is transforming environmental research

May 19, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
on thursday, may 21, we will talk about the critical maker movement in general and this paper in particular: Wylie, Sara Ann, et al. "Institutions for civic technoscience: How critical making is transforming environmental research." The Information Society 30.2 (2014): 116-126.

Weekly Colloquium

May 6, 2015, posted in Embodied Interaction
Dear friends of the colloquium, tomorrow we will have our last pracical based session, where we will get to know Cultural Probes and learn how to adapt them to a specific context. We start as usual at 9:30 a.m., room 217, Einsteinufer 43.