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weekend reading

It’s a historical weekend for this country.  It also marks the end of our two-week long social architecture seminar. Let’s take the opportunity to compile some reading on architectural infrastructure and political implications.

We’ll start with Dietmar Offenhuber’s talk from the 2016 Design and the City symposium in Amsterdam (via titled A Case for Accountability-Oriented Design:

For an economist, a public good is defined as “non-rivalrous” and “non-excludable,” meaning, respectively, that one can consume it without reducing its value to others and that nobody can be excluded from its consumption. While public roads were never truly non-rivalrous (think of traffic jams and potholes), sensor networks and algorithmic settlement systems such as the Bitcoin blockchain provide the tools that can make physical roads excludable by measuring and billing the distance driven, and if necessary enforcing violations, as Scott Rosenberg notes.


The Retune festival has started to make their talks available online. Here’s Evan Roth talking about Landscape, Signal and Empire, and here are his slides.

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Artist Talk – Bager Akbay, AI, Art and Performance

Please join us this coming Monday for an artist talk by Bager Akbay from Istanbul.

Bager will be talking about his use of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Art and Design Projects, its connections with and implications for theater and puppetry.

He studied Communication Design at Istanbul and Interface Cultures at Linz Art University, Austria. After his studies at Black Theater as an actor and puppeteer, Bager started to give lectures at various universities on his field and provided consultance to companies within the design sector in the last 10 years. Today, he lives an experimentialist life between art and science, doing artwork at his studio iskele47, Istanbul.


Monday, 12th of November 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin


weekend reading

So much to read, so little weekend…

Probably one of the best articles on the continuing debate on whether or not we should talk to the Nazis comes courtesy of Aleksandar Hemon on

The public discussion prompted by the (dis)invitation confirmed to me that only those safe from fascism and its practices are far more likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists. What for such a privileged group is a matter of a potentially productive difference in opinion is, for many of us, a matter of basic survival. The essential quality of fascism (and its attendant racism) is that it kills people and destroys their lives—and it does so because it openly aims so.


Geroge Lakoff, who wrote the fantastic Metaphors we live by, together with Gil Duran argues for a shift in journalistic practices away from analyzing the day to day distractions of a nationalist leader to uncovering the larger patterns of policy (on

Trump’s success is rooted in the media’s tendency to amplify, rather than analyze, his tactics. Like a pickpocket who distracts your attention with one hand while the other hand takes your wallet, he knows what he’s doing. When Trump tries to keep them busy debunking sprees of lies, good reporters should pivot to focus on the relevant truth.

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Artist Talk – Choreography, Mohamad Abbasi

Our friends and colleagues from HZT are presenting an artist talk by Mohamad Abbasi:

Begegnung mit Mohamad Abbasi
Der Studiengang Choreographie lädt in der kommenden Woche zu zwei Veranstaltungen mit Mohamad Abbasi, Choreograph und Kurator für zeitgenössischen Tanz aus Teheran, ein.
Im Jahr 2010 gründete er das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance (ICCD) um Workshops, Jam Sessions, Research und Tanzfilmvorführungen zu organisieren. Darüberhinaus leitet er das jährlich stattfindende Undergroundfestival UNTIMELY, das einzige Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz in Iran.
Ziel des ICCD ist es, zeitgenössischen Tanz in Iran bekannt zu machen und Möglichkeiten des Austauschs für Interessierte zu schaffen. Seit seiner Gründung haben rund 800 Menschen an den Workshops von Mohamad Abbasi teilgenommen und zahlreiche Lehrer aus dem Ausland am ICCD unterrichtet. Formal und ästhetisch sehr eingeschränkt konnte Tanz in den vergangenen Jahren lediglich extrem zensiert stattfinden. Ein neues Verständnis von zeitgenössischem Tanz wächst derzeit in Iran heran.
Open Lecture:
Mohamad Abbasi über seine Soloarbeit und das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance, Teheran
Abbasi zeigt das 15minütige Solo I AM MY MOTHER und stellt das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance vor.
Montag, 5. November 2018
Campus Zinnowitzer Strasse
Raum: 3.40
19.00 – 21.00 Uhr


weekend reading

This week’s weekend reading delay comes courtesy of cleaning up after our big opening this past Friday and a long overdue facelift for our main website.

How fitting then, that James Davic Nicoll writes about “How to Destroy Civilization and Not Be Boring” (at

One of my favourite hypotheses is disruptive technological change: cheap iron replacing expensive bronze had as a side effect the overturning of a complex social order, and thus the sudden collapse of everything dependent on that social order. It would be extremely comic if all it took to duplicate one of the most dramatic setbacks human civilization has suffered was something as simple as global computer networks. Or Twitter.

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Artist Talk Alexander Römer – Social Architecture

Please join us this coming Monday for an Artist Talk by Architect Alexander Römer (constructlab).

Alex will discuss methods for building contemporary social spaces, how process generates community and show examples of his work.

Alexander Römer studied carpentry and architecture. He founded ConstructLab as a forum for participative design-build projects in 1998. In 2005 he joined the Parisian collective EXYZT and worked on many projects among others the French contribution to the 10th architecture biennial in Venice 2006. With the idea of ConstructLab and its network of designers, builders, architects, photographs, graphic designers, gardeners or cooks he initiated and designed numerous projects internationally.


Monday, 29th of October, 20:00.


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin.

weekend reading

weeks go by incredibly quickly when you

1.) are waiting for your very first Commodore 64 computer from eBay

2.) realize that it’s broken beyond repair

3.) order a new one that works


4.) finally write your first BASIC program in 20 years.

Back in June, Walter Kirn wrote about contemporary large scale conspiracy theories as a new form of participatory storytelling in Harper Magazine.

One night this spring, in northwest Arkansas, Matthew and I stayed up past midnight interpreting several recent posts from Q that trembled on the verge of clarity, seeming to offer highly privileged insights into a crisis rumored to be forthcoming. I sat on the couch. He paced. We thought out loud, competing to crack the message and setting different values for different variables. We argued our cases as the night slid by; we raved away in an ecstasy of guesswork. Q was being good to us. Q was delivering everything we craved.

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weekend reading

This weeks weekend reading comes a bit late, as most us were busy participating at the #unteilbar protest march in berlin.

Also: this week was the first week of classes!


Yual Noah Harari writes about why technology favors tyranny (in the Atlantic).

The revolutions in information technology and biotechnology are still in their infancy, and the extent to which they are responsible for the current crisis of liberalism is debatable. Most people in Birmingham, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, and Mumbai are only dimly aware, if they are aware at all, of the rise of AI and its potential impact on their lives. It is undoubtable, however, that the technological revolutions now gathering momentum will in the next few decades confront humankind with the hardest trials it has yet encountered.

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Artist Talk: Mika Satomi – Wearable Technology for Performance

(image credit: Aimee Shirley for FvF Productions, from an interview with Mika)

Please join us this coming Monday for an Artist Talk by Artist and Designer Mika Satomi (KOBAKANT,

She will discuss bespoke wearable technology costumes for performance, soft electronics and present some of her projects for art, theatre and music performances.

Mika Satomi is a designer and an artist exploring the field of eTextiles, Interaction Design and Physical Computing. From 2014-2016, she has been a guest professor at the Weissensee Art Academy Berlin. She has worked as a researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and at the Distance Lab, Scotland in the field of practice based design research. She holds BA in graphic design from Tokyo Zokei University, and MA in media creation from IAMAS, Japan. Since 2006 Mika has collaborated with Hannah Perner- Wilson, forming the collective KOBAKANT creating artistic projects in the field of eTextiles and Wearable Technology Art. She is a coauthor of the e-Textile online database “How To Get What You Want”.


Monday, 15th of October, 20:00.


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin.

Feierliche Immatrikulation

Die neuen Studierenden des Masterstudienganges Spiel und Objekt:

v.l.n.r.: Fabian Raith, Anna Vera Kelle, Anton Krause, Lena Eikenbusch, Leoni Voegelin, Tomas Montes Massa (nicht im Bild), Christian Römer (nicht im Bild).

Foto: Susanna Poldauf.

Ihnen und allen neuen Jahrgängen der Hochschule ein herzliches Willkommen!