Platform for Materials and Technology Transfer


Where is it?
The Burg Material Collection (“Burg Materialsammlung”) is a living archive founded in 2015. It is based in the library building of the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle.

How is it organized?
The Burg Material collection displays its resources in six sections: (raw) materials, processed materials, specials, temporary exhibitions, literature and movies, and an online database. Raw materials are sourced from its in-house workshops, research institutes, manufacturers, and suppliers. Processed materials demonstrate both manual crafts and machine-based processing. Specials are student projects, whereas temporary exhibitions feature external projects. Movies and literature are available on-site, and a materials database (in development) will provide the physical samples with information, supplemental imagery and video fragments.

What makes it special?
Physical samples are developed through for example jacquard weaving, enameling, woodworking, paper-making, metal casting or 3D printing. Its participative structure allows students and staff to actively contribute with materials from around the world, including special papers from Japan, fish leather from Iceland, and even blood-based plastics from New Zealand.

Who can go there?

The Burg Material collection is currently in a test period and opened its physical collection for students, staff, and visitors. It started collaborating with other material collections, research institutions, and companies. Our online calendar (below), free materials newsletter and instagram account informs about upcoming exhibitions and events.

Who is managing this?
Prof. Aart van Bezooijen (material collection)
Sandra König (material database)
Michael Krenz, Lorenz Ebersbach (creative assistance)
Valena Ammon, Laura Klingele (student support)

How can I get in touch?
Want to visit the collection or need more information?
Please write us at: material(at)

Visiting Address:
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Burg Bibliothek (1st floor)
Neuwerk 7
D-06108 Halle-Saale


Photo credits: Sascha Linke, Raisa Galofre