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»Beyond Material«is a collective of five Berlin-based designers exploring the potentials of an aesthetically-driven research for more than three years within the »Forschungskreis. Production of Knowledge in Design and Art«. The »Forschungskreis«, headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat at Weißensee School of Art Berlin, is an inter- and transdiciplinay institution that brings together art and design researchers.

The worksErosive Modelling, Hilo, Digital MaterialsandCircular Processes, Claything & Realtime-Coding in 3D-Printby Kristin Dolz, Sara Diaz Rodriguez, Veronika Aumann, Justina Monceviciute und Babette Wiezorek are all debating and examining concepts of the digital, transferring these into material dimensions and placing physical processes in the digital space.»Beyond Material«thereby offers new ideas and views for the concept of material, aiming to entangle digital strategies with physical and material qualities. The five positions, as different as their approaches are, are all located between theory and practice - applying, debating and developing design-driven research methods.

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CLAYTHING/Justina Monceviciute

CLAYTHING experiments and explores the potential of ceramics, willing to break limited preconception and expectations of it to be static, rigid and fragile material. Driven by the pure aesthetics, both simplicity and multifunctionality, and inspired by recent developments in material science of clay, CLAYTHING designs new experiences of ceramics.

Textiles is an essential part of the designing process. CLAYTHING comprehends textiles as construction schemes, rather than visual images and uses them to assemble ceramic particles to achieve flexible structures and objects. By using textile construction techniques, designed surfaces behave like fabrics, yet ceramics add new architectural characteristics.

CLAYTHING creates unique design language through the combination of High-Low Tech. Both traditional clay-moulding and 3D printing techniques vary and complement each other to achieve a desirable alternative aesthetics to mass-produced components.

CLAYTHING invites to re-envision application possibilities of clay and aims to integrate textile ceramics as a functional matter in interior design and architecture. The creative process allows to design an unexpected material, which creates a new tactile, aesthetic and functional experience of clay. We like to call it CLAYRAMICS, as it indicates the playful fusion between textile design, material research and architecture.

Justina Monceviciute is a designer, working in fields of Textile Design and Material Research. Her focus lies in challenging new perceptions towards clay-based materials, their behaviour and application possibilities. Justina holds BA and MA degrees in Textile and Surface Design from The Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin, Germany.


Real-time Coding and Feedback loops in additive manufacturing procedures

The project examines the possibility to integrate organic strategies such as regulatory circuits and feedbacks into the system of a 3D-printer. A sensory evoked feedback changes the online-coding of the printer‘s movement and influences the form of the artefact. This is made possible by using microprocessors as an open interface for sensory data and the adapted code. The inquiring approach is based on a fundamental interest in the emergence of form in nature and technique; it investigates the relation between the system components – material, printer‘s construction and the coding – whose processes are intertwined.

Babette is a product designer who works at the interface of materials, technologies and the processes that connect them. She focuses on additive and computer-aided technologies (3D-printing) using fluid materials, in particular ceramics. Her research activities are based on a fundamental interest in the natural and technical processes behind the creation of form. This interest led her to implement organic strategies like feedback or regulatory circuits into the system of a 3D-Printer and challenge the potential of that technology. Babette is co-founder of the design collective Additive Addicted, she is lecturing at art academy berlin weißensee and Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. Within the project »Ceramics and its dimensions. Shaping the Future« her work was shown throughout Europe; she has exhibited at Salone del Satellite (Milan 2018), Ventura Future 2018 (2018), as well as at Museum Schloss Fürstenberg (being shortlisted for the Richard Bampi Preis 2018).


Autorials and Acterials

The experimental series of Autorials and Acterials is part of the practice-based research project »Digital Materials«, that examines possibilities to make digital processes directly operative and tangible in physical materials and is located in the interdisciplinary field of Active Matter.

The first »Autorials« and »Acterials« are transformable viscoelastic fluids and soft rubber foams. The gels and foams react to different inputs (such as touch, moisture, heat) with different outputs (such as change of shape, texture, light transmission). The »Autorials« simply and stoically transform a predetermined action, whereas the »Acterials« redefine their output based on currently given physical information. The logic of detecting, interpreting, calculating and acting is here directly embodied in the material, enabling it to behave in a self-organised way.


Contemporary CAD software makes it difficult for the user to comprehend and evaluate a form in its entirety during modelling. „Erosive Modelling“ aims to allow users to constantly deal with chance while keeping all aspects of the form in focus. This approach results in a rather exploratory and interactive form-finding process.

Inspired by the procedure of sandblasting, the tool uses the physical principles of the abrasion process and acts as a fluid dynamic particle stream. It enables the user to remove the volume from the existing virtual form and to erode vertices, edges and faces. The particle stream can be adjusted in its intensity and in its focus, as well as controlled directionally at all times during the erosion process. Resulting forms exhibit plausible, balanced and continuous transitions and blends.

Through the utilization of this research based practice the potential application of this method is suitable for the development, correction and adaption of virtual forms which support architectural, medical and mobility industries.

Kristin is a Product Designer based in Berlin. She is researching phenomena of the emergence, transformation and resilience of form. Through the approach that form is being constituted within interactions she investigates the potentials of analog and digital technologies.

Her work has been exhibited at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in „+ultra. gestaltung and knowledge“ (2016) as well as at the Industriemuseum Chemnitz in „Material Effekte“ (2016). She has been awarded by the 6. Marianne Brandt Wettbewerb in 2016. The development of „Erosive Modelling“ was funded by the DesignFarm Berlin.


HILO is a spinning machine, a software and a community. This platform challenges the process of yarn production in the same way 3D printers are revolutionising manufacturing. HILO enables the user to determine the textile properties at the very beginning of its production process: the yarn spinning. Users can design their own yarn and make the process more efficient, individualised and sustainable.

The innovation of HILO is its flexibility and ability to produce yarn of desired functionality in a single spin reducing waste in production. HILO is also an open source project - everyone has access to the machine blueprints, assembly instructions and the source software code - opening a possibility to experiment and adapt HILO to their individual needs. This levels out the playing field where small companies or enthusiasts can work independently from the big manufacturing industries.

Sara is a textile designer, lecturer and researcher. She completed an M.A degree in Textile and Surface Design at Berlin Weissensee School of Art. In her work, Sara explores the relationship between traditional textile techniques and modern technologies. Her research focuses on digital fabrication possibilities for textile manufacturing. Since 2018 she work as researcher in the Textiles Prototype Lab (TPL) project at the Weißensee School of Art in Berlin.

Beyond Material

»Beyond Material« is a collective of five Berlin-based designers exploring the potentials of an aesthetically-driven research for more than three years within the »Forschungskreis. Production of Knowledge in Design and Art«. The »Forschungskreis«, headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat at Weißensee School of Art Berlin, is an inter- and transdiciplinay institution that brings together art and design researchers.

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