Material of the Month is an ongoing project where MAKE. offers new or unconsidered materials to be used in the projects of our BURG students. The only condition to document and share the ideas and experiments which have been realized with the sponsored material. For current or upcoming “Material of the Month” editions, please check our Weblog.
Of course we would like to get your opinion. What is your substance of desire? Feel free to send your suggestions to make(at)burg-halle.de and we will do our best in getting your stuff at the BURG for future experiments.
What happened so far
– Material Vending Machine: Corona created the “Materialautomat”
– Material of the Month: Scrap Glass
– Material of the Month: Hanji Paper
– Material of the Month: Piñatex Vegan Leather Alternative
– Material of the Month: ThermHex Honeycomb Panels
– Material of the Month: RELEA Recycled Leather
– Material of the Month: Precious Plastic
– Material of the Month: Corn-based Bricks
– Material of the Month: Stone Paper
– Material of the Month: Dutch Design Trash (Reuse)
– Material of the Month: Concrete Canvas
– Material of the Month: Used Truck Tarps supported by FREITAG
– Material of the Month: Seaweed (with Julia Lohmann)
– Material of the Month: Mushroom (Die Welt)
– Material of the Month: 3D Printing (at the Digitale Werkstatt)
– Material of the Month: Salt (Video)
– Material of the Month: Polycaprolactone (Video)
– Material of the Month: Beeswax (Video)
– Material of the Month: Tyvek (Video)
– Material of the Month: Latex (Video)
– Material of the Month: Bamboo (Video)
– Material of the Month: Acrylic One (Video)
– Material of the Month: Kraftplex (Video)
Nature is full of biological systems that have developed and optimized themselves for over millions of years. A large part of its growing processes are happening on a microbial level – invisible to the human eye. In its truest sense we want to take a closer look at this hidden life of microbes, their skills, their qualities and their possible roles in creating more sustainable futures. At this online symposium we bring together five international speakers from different backgrounds to get a better understanding of these so called “living factories” where mycelium, algae, proteins and bio-minerals are the grassroots for new material developments.
This online symposium is the starting point for two on-site workshops initiated by MAKE. – Platform for Materials and Technology Transfer at this year’s summer session at the Burg University of Art and Design Halle. The “How to Grow?” scenarios workshop is organized in collaboration with the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, AdBK Munich.
This online event can be joined by email registration. Feel free to join us for a backstage look at bio-fabrication and its possibilities for art and design education.
Please register by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org until Sunday 20th.
You will receive an email with a streaming-link to join the conference on September 21st.
Introduction followed by five Micro-talks by Ruben Janssen, Maurizio Montalti, Julia Lohmann, Bernhard Schipper and Filipe Natálio.
Discussion panel with Q&A by our workshop participants.
Moderation: Karianne Fogelberg (cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, AdBK Munich) and Prof. Aart van Bezooijen (MAKE. – Platform for Material and Technology Transfer, BURG)
Micropia, Netherlands – micropia.nl
Ruben Janssen is biologist and educator at ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo and at Micropia, the world’s first only museum of microbes in the world. With a master degree in evolutionary biology and working experience in education, scientific research and Micropia’s laboratory, he provides input and content in daily operations, new exhibits, grants and collaborations of the museum. He is also responsible for the content of news items on the website and social media posts of Micropia.
MOGU, Italy – mogu.bio
Maurizio Montalti is a designer, researcher, educator and entrepreneur. He is founder and creative director of Amsterdam-based practice Officina Corpuscoli (2010), where he investigates design-research subjects, reflecting on contemporary material culture as well as on the relationship between human and non-human agents, as part of the relational complexity of the dynamic ecosystem we all belong to. Maurizio is also co-founder, designer, and R&D director of MOGU, an innovation-driven design company dedicated to the creation of high-performance solutions and products deriving from fungi. His work has received many awards and has been on show in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Design Museum (London), Triennale (Milano), MAXXI (Rome), and the Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna).
Department of Seaweed, Finland – julialohmann.co.uk
Julia Lohmann is a Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland. She investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. Julia’s research interests include critical practice and transition-design, bio materials, collaborative making, museums and residencies, embodied cognition and practice as research. As designer in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, she established the Department of Seaweed, an interdisciplinary community of practice exploring the marine plant’s potential as a design material. She holds a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art, London.
Scobytec, Germany – scobytec.com
Bernhard Schipper co-founder of ScobyTec which is currently based in Leipzig, Germany. ScobyTec is developing alternative materials based on bacterial cellulose to realize (vegan) leather substitutes, fibers as substitutes for cotton products and wood-based viscose, bioplastics and composites through biofabrication. We provide scalable process engineering and refining methods that are energy efficient and location independent. ScobyTec received several awards such as the IQ Innovation Prize Leipzig, Hugo Junkers Research and Innovation Award and SMILE Business Award 2019.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel – weizmann.ac.il
Dr. Filipe Natálio is interested in both ancient and modern materials. At the Scientific Archaeology Unit he is using artificial intelligence based algorithms to study prehistoric stone tools in order to better understand our pre-historic ancestors. Another focus of his work explores new and alternative bio-based fabrication methods that combine molecular design with plant sciences towards material farming. A good example is the use of plants (e.g. cotton) as “factories” for the biological fabrication of a wide diversity of composite materials with tailored functionalities (e.g. smart textiles) allowing further exploitation of wide range of combinations between molecular design and biological systems.
“Wie Wachsen?” Scenarios Workshop by MAKE. – Platform for Materials and Technology Transfer (BURG) in collaboration with Karianne Fogelberg from the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies (AdBK Munich).
Mycelium Materials Workshop by MAKE. – Platform for Materials and Technology Transfer (BURG) supported by Maurizio Montalti (MOGU).
Prof. Aart van Bezooijen, Ulrike Mäder, Lorenz Ebersbach
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Neuwerk 7, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
in collaboration with
Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
80799 Munich, Germany
Burg gestaltet! Qualitätspakt Lehre (Simon Krautheim, Birgit Watzka)
Burg IT Services (Michael Spindler, Steffen Schwenke)
Burg Press Office (Silke Janßen)
Dear Burg Students,
we hope you are doing well!
If you have any questions on materials or processes, you can still reach us at the open material consultation hour.
Wednesdays between 10:00 – 11:00 via Skype
(max. 15 minutes)
Please send a short e-mail with your name and request to make(at)burg-halle.de
Best regards from all of us at MAKE.
Prof. Aart van Bezooijen, Ulrike Mäder and Lorenz Ebersbach
This year’s Wintersession Platform MAKE. will be offering two material workshops. The first workshop focuses on hands-on work with Paludiculture materials sourced from wet agriculture and forestry on peatlands (see PALUDIKULTUR workshop). The second workshop is all about exploring bio-based materials to develop sustainable packaging prototypes (see UNBOXING workshop).
Those who are not able to participate in the material workshops are welcomed to join us on 19.2.2020: Lecture by Susanne Abel (on Paludiculture) and 24.2.2020: UNBOXING Symposium (on sustainable materials for packaging design). These are public events – no registration required.
PS: For a closer look at the investigations and (wet) material culture of peatlands, enjoy the video below featuring palaeoecologist Hans Joosten from the University of Greifswald.
Einführung in das Material Glas im Hinblick auf das Thema „Circularity“
– Werksbesichtigung von industriellen Produktionen unter dem Punkt der Nachhaltigkeit
– Vortrag von Re³Glass (Save the Date: 12.12.2019)
– Querschitte zum DIY Umgang mit dem Material Glas
Recycling von Glas
– arbeiten mit gefundenem Glas als Ressource am Fusingofen
– denkbare Techniken: biegen, fusing und absenken
– maximale Größe in der Fläche sind ca. 30 x 30 cm
Upcycling von Glas
– die kalte Nachbearbeitung von Glas zur Weiterentwicklung
– denkbare Techniken: sägen, schleifen und sandstrahlen
– Zeitraum: 9. – 13. Dezember (Ofenstart Freitag 13. Dezember)
– Ort: Bild Raum Objekt Glas (Werkstatt Kurvenburg)
– Teilnehmende: Max. 8 Student*innen aus Kunst und Design
Anmeldung bis 30.11.2019
Die Anmeldung erfolgt per Email über make(at)burg-halle.de Bitte mit angeben:
– Name, Studiengang und Studienjahr, Matrikelnummer
– Dein Vorhaben (“Was würdest du gerne machen?”, “Mit welche Glasobjekten würdest du Arbeiten?” in 2-3 Sätze oder als Skizze)
– In KW49 werden die Teilnehmer*innen bekannt gegeben
Alexander Rex, July 2019
Der Workshop findet von Dienstag bis Donnerstag 18.- 20. Juni jeweils von 9.30 – 16.30 im Südflügel / Atelier II statt.
Verbindliche Anmeldungen bitte bis zum
10. Juni 14. Juni unter: kroepelin(at)burg-halle.de oder make(at)burg-halle.de
For this year’s Wintersession platform MAKE. is collaborating with materials researcher Garðar Eyjólfsson. Garðar is known for bringing together contextual, material and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. We know Garðar from the Iceland University of the Arts (Burg Partner University) where he is the program director of the MA Design: Explorations & Translations program.
In this Conflicted Matter workshop we will explore (energy) industries in Halle locally through the critical lens of multiple narratives in order to seek out, document and embrace new possibilities between humans, technology, culture and the environment.
Initiated by platform MAKE. – Prof. Aart van Bezooijen, Ulrike Mäder, Lorenz Ebersbach
For more information and registrations please visit:
Workshop: Conflicted Matter with Garðar Eyjólfsson
– Deadline for applications 21.01.2019 –
We are excited to demonstrate ThermHex Honeycomb Panels as Material of the Month. These next generation materials have a few promising qualities compared to solid panels (such as wood). The inner honeycomb structure provides the material both lightness and structural stability. The open (airy) structure and translucency of the material goes well in combination with (colored) light. Finally, the whole panel is made of a single polypropylene material, a thermoplastic which is recyclable and easy to (heat) transform.
Kick-Off Workshop this Tuesday: From 13.00 – 18.00 we are exploring its construction-lightness, light-translucency, heat-transformation and gather ideas for joints/connections with other materials. Students from all departments are welcomed to join us in getting hands-on with these ThermHex honeycomb panels.
Get your own (free) material samples for experimentation at the Burg Material collection.