OLA 4 3 Baumrinde

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Workshop series Visiting Futures Materials

Open Lab Abend: Rethinking Tree Bark

Speculate with us about the materials of tomorrow and co-create a temporary exhibit for Futurium Lab! In the workshop series "Materialzukünfte besuchen” (Visiting Material Futures), researchers from Matters of Activity share insights into their work, which you will use to develop futures scenarios and design prototypes. The experienced speculation team of CollActive Materials will guide you – no previous knowledge or special skills required!

New workshop series in cooperation with the Berlin Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity« and CollActive Materials at Futurium.



Further information:

  • Duration:3 hours
OLA 4 3 Baumrinde

© Alexander Magerl

This workshop is about tree bark as a new material in architecture and design. Large quantities of bark are produced in the timber industry. However, due to its uneven texture, the material is hardly used – and becomes a waste product. Couldn't we make better use of the potential of tree bark?

Together with researchers Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Michaela Eder, we explore the question of how we can find a new way of dealing with an "imperfect" material such as tree bark. Does material have to function perfectly at all? Does it need to last forever? How can we find a careful approach to materials in the future?


CollActive Materials is an experimental laboratory of the Berlin Clusters of Excellence »Matters of Activity« (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and »Science of Intelligence« (Technische Universität Berlin), funded by the Berlin University Alliance. The aim of the project is to develop Speculative Design as a new approach for knowledge exchange between research, society, and design, thus making joint encounters possible on equal footing.

As an experimental, transdisciplinary project, CollActive Materials brings material everyday practices from diverse social contexts into open conversation with approaches in research.

Workshop Instructors

Science communicators Antje Nestler and Kristin Werner are connecting science and society at the research cluster Matters of Activity. Within the co-design project CollActive Materials, they explore how people from research and society can engage in conversation through speculative design. Their colleagues Eva Bullermann and Julia Blumenthal support them in this endeavor.

Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Michaela Eder are researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam) working on interactions between fibrous biological material (such as wood and tree bark) and its environment.


  • Venue: Workshop Futurium Lab (-1)
  • Admission: Free of Charge
  • Event language: German
  • Maximum number of participants: 30
  • Conditions of participation: no prior knowledge required
  • Age recommendation: from 14 years and older
  • The workshops in the series are independent of each other and can be attended individually


  • We are a wheelchair accessible venue.
  • Spaces without seating are available for wheelchair users.
  • An induction loop system is available.
  • People with visual impairments are welcome. We will request guide dog assistance if you need it.

The future is for everyone! The Futurium wants to be accessible to everyone.

If there are any other access needs on your part, please feel free to let us know. We will try to meet them: info@futurium.de

All information on accessibility can be found here.

Photo & Video

Photos will be taken during the event. If you don’t wish to be pictured, please let us know in advance.


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