The “Behavioral Matter” workshop came about from two complementary concepts and approaches: the “Behavioral Objects” project developed by EnsAD – Paris and the “Active Matter” project developed by Humboldt University of Berlin.
By handling, transforming, and connecting ourselves to the observable activity of natural and artificial materials, we can develop new processes and structural elements for a renewed approach to the production of sustainable objects. This also helps us to create new visual vocabularies and interpretations, as well as art and design works.
More than 50 researchers, student-researchers and engineers gathered during an initial workshop to study the notion of “behavior” through the observation and comprehension of natural activity, the formulation of bio-inspired hypotheses and innovative scenarios, the interfacing of the non-living with the living and the semi-living, as well as the creation of behavioral objects through rapid prototyping, using the MisB KIT (modular robotics toolbox developed by EnsadLab/Reflective Interaction).
Workshop organized as part of a partnership between EnsadLab, Ensci – Les Ateliers, Paris; the Image Knowledge Gestaltung (IKG) cluster of excellence of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam.
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