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Symposium Times of Waste | 18. and 19.3.2020

Wed 18.03.2020 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Conference / Adults
no booking/prior registration required

On 18 and 19 March 2020, the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will host the Times of Waste symposium. The occasion and starting point is the exhibition Times of Waste – The Leftover. Following on from this, the event is dedicated to present alternative design and representation strategies that demonstrate a way out of the wasteocen.

At the interfaces between design, technology and natural science, an interdisciplinary dialogue is created, which is carried out together with the visitors in various discussion formats. The focus will be on the latest findings in research into sustainable materials and their potential for design practice. At the same time, the role of museums as representatives, preservers and utilisers of analogue material worlds will be examined.

Wednesday, 18.3.2020

9:30-12:30 am
Welcoming notes
Claudia Banz (KGM Berlin) and Claudia Mareis (MoA Berlin/FHNW HGK Basel)

Flavia Caviezel (FHNW HGK Basel)
Design strategies and practices for sustainable use of materials and resources: Design processes, product responsibility, ecological/social-economic production, substitutes.
Moderation: Nina Samuel (MoA Cluster project Object Space Agency)

9:45 am
Petra Löffler (MoA): Object Waste, (m)any times

10:45 am
Khashayar Razghandi, Peter Fratzl (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam/MoA Berlin): Biologization of Sustainability: What we can learn from Nature’s Material Solutions

11:45 am
Lucy Norris (Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin): Refashioning Values

- Lunch Break -

2:00 – 3:45 pm
Transnational material research in the Wasteocene: Methods and practices; (interactive/participatory) presentation formats.
Moderation: Johannes Bruder (FHNW HGK)

2:00 pm
Mirjam Bürgin & Flavia Caviezel (FHNW HGK Basel) in conversation with Astrid Schwarz (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) & Baruch Gottlieb (Berlin University of the Arts) on Artistic-scientific practice in transdisciplinary research.

3:00 pm
Patricia Ribault (MoA Berlin), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Institute Rotterdam): Where to Begin: From Laying Waste to Generating Life Worlds

4:00 – 7:30 pm
Objects in exhibitions & collections: Material representations of ‘cultural goods’, narrations of origin.

4:00 pm
Claudia Banz (KGM Berlin): Material and Order. Untold stories from the collections of applied art

5:10 – 5:40 pm
Dialogical tour in the exhibition Times of Waste – The Leftover with Mirjam Bürgin & Flavia Caviezel (FHNW HGK), and in the Repair Atelier with students of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Evening lecture with Clémentine Deliss, curator, publisher, Guest Professor of Theory and History, HFBK/Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg: Rapid Response Restitution: redesigning research collections for future transdisciplinary innovation
Moderation: Claudia Banz (KGM)

The exhibition is open until 6 pm.

All lectures will be held in English.
The event is free of charge, registration is not necessary. 


The symposium is being held in cooperation with the research team of the FHNW University of Art and Design Basel (FHNW HGK), the Cluster Matters of Activity (MoA) of the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin (KGM).