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Zwischen Materialität und Medialität: „Die Sprachen des Materials“ (#BookReview)

Die in den letzten Jahren auch in den designtheoretischen Diskursen zunehmende Auseinandersetzung mit dem Begriff „Agency“ – der in diesem Zusammenhang im Deutschen wohl am ehesten mit „Handlungsmacht“ übersetzt werden kann – hat nicht nur die Wirkungskraft von Subjekten, sondern … Continue reading

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Beseelte Dinge – selige Designer? Spiegelungen gesellschaftlicher und philosophischer Debatten in den Designwissenschaften.

Wenn der Computer „spinnt“ und das Smartphone den „Geist aufgibt“ mag dies Ausdruck von archaischen Denkmustern sein, die den Dingen eine Seele zu schreiben. Dass sich diese Denkmuster nicht nur auf begriffliche Metaphern reduzieren lassen, wird deutlich, wenn unsere Umgebungen … Continue reading

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Räume des Ankommens – Topographische Perspektiven auf Migration und Flucht (#BookReview, german)

Möglichkeiten, sich auf neue Orte einzulassen, gibt es viele. In der Migrationsforschung wird hierbei häufig zwischen zwei bipolaren Modellen unterschieden: Assimiliation und Multikulturalismus. Ersteres zeichnet das Bild einer Gesellschaft, die Neuankömmlinge aufnimmt, welche sich dann kompromisslos an die Aufnahmegesellschaft anpassen. … Continue reading

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Building Gravity: On Gravity in Architecture, Urban Development and Utopia

PROTOCOL Magazine’s recent issue (No. 8) showcases a variety of original works brought together under the theme of “the ground”. In their contribution “Building Gravity” Fernando Luiz Lara* (Austin University of Texas) and Tom Bieling** discuss the concept of “gravity” not exclusively related to the … Continue reading

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Beseelte Dinge – Design aus der Perspektive des Animismus (#BookReview, german)

Der Titel kommt als vermeintliches Oxymoron daher. Seele und Ding? Das will nicht recht zusammen passen. Seele, das steht für Lebendiges, verweist auf den Bereich der Psyche, des Geistigen oder der Magie. Sie ist mit rationalen Mitteln nicht zu fassen, … Continue reading

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Design and Organisation 2.0: From „Design for Life“ to „Design Your Life“

Looking at society as the embodiment of a living environment, which is constituted of social, cultural, mental and material components, raises the question about how this is (or should be) actually organised. In the summer semester 2015, a new issue of … Continue reading

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Die Welt als Modell | Andres Janser und Tom Bieling über Modelle als epistemische Praxis.

  Modelle können vieles (sein): Sie fungieren als Referenzobjekt für Bestehendes oder noch nicht Existentes, sie dienen der Veranschaulichung, sind haptisch oder visuell, detailgenau oder abstrakt. Wir sprechen von Modellen im Zusammenhang mit theoretischen Konzepten und wir kennen praktische Modelle … Continue reading

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Zum Wandel der Kommunikation im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung

Am Donnerstag (23. Juni 2016) startet eine zweitägige, interdisziplinäre Konferenz über die fortlaufenden Transformationsprozesse von Sprache, Literatur, Medien, Kunst und Alltagskultur am Beispiel der kleinen, heimlichen Globalisierungsgewinner digitaler Kommunikation: den Emoji und Emoticons. Tom Bieling sprach mit Elena Giannoulis (FU … Continue reading

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Changing Worlds – Ideologies, Utopias and Ambitions in Science and Technology

The latest issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Sciences (GJSS) has a strong focus on Science and Technology Studies (STS) topics. Its title “Changing Worlds” alludes to multiple meanings as not only are we changing the world – or worlds –, but they … Continue reading

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Partizipative und inklusive Mensch-Technik-Interaktion

Bereits am 21. April 2015 fand in der Berliner Villa Donnersmarck das “Friedrichshainer Kolloquium des Instituts Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft (IMEW) unter dem Titel „Technikgestaltung – die Perspektive Behinderung im Kontext der Innovations- und Technikentwicklung“ statt. In ihrem gemeinsamen Vortrag und der anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion … Continue reading

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Design and Organization

  In order to design, Designers need tools, such as pencils, dremels, notebooks, software or brainstorm-sessions. In order to mediate between the ‘uncertain’ and the ‘real’, Designers also design tools, such as guiding systems, urban structures, services or interfaces. The … Continue reading

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Schöpfer der zweiten Natur – Der Mensch im Anthropozän (Book Review, german)

Ob Tsunamis, Erdbeben oder Dürreperioden. Ob Meteoriteneinschläge oder Vulkanausbrüche. In der geologischen Arena spürbarer Brachial-Ereignisse und langfristig evidenter Veränderungsprozesse haben die herkömmlichen „Naturgewalten“ längst einen Konkurrenten bekommen: den Menschen. Mit den von ihm produzierten, transportierten, konsumierten, verarbeiteten und entsorgten Eingriffen … Continue reading

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Technik und Protest

Technik verändert die Gesellschaft und ihr Naturverhältnis. Sie ist Gegenstand und zugleich Ausgangspunkt und Antriebsfeder für Ängste, Konflikte, Hoffnungen und Heilversprechen. Ob Flughäfen, Stromtrassen, Atommüllendlager, Bahnhöfe oder Bauten zum Hochwasserschutz: Proteste gegen Infrastrukturprojekte haben Konjunktur. Nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern … Continue reading

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Signatur des Digitalen

Der Umgang mit den digitalen Tools verändert nicht nur unsere Art zu denken, zu kommunizieren und zu produzieren, sondern verändert auch unsere Erwartungen an die Benutzung und die Materialität der physischen Welt. Doch wie so oft gilt auch hier: Nicht … Continue reading

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“Die digitale Arbeitswelt gestalten!”

“Die digitale Arbeitswelt gestalten!” Unter diesem Motto findet heute die 6. Engineering- und IT-Tagung der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung in Kooperation mit der IG Metall in Rüsselsheim statt. Im Fokus stehen dabei auch Themen wie das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung als Voraussetzung dafür, … Continue reading

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Disability Representation and the political Dimension of Art.

Tobin Siebers (University of Michigan) and Tom Bieling (Berlin University of the Arts) thoroughly explore the interconnections between disability, theory, aesthetics, artistic practice, as well as its political dimensions. The discussed elements help in setting the framework to a number … Continue reading

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Policital Interventions (Book Review, german)

Wann immer soziale Protestbewegungen ihr Formenrepertoire erweitern, verschieben sich auch die Grenzen von politischem Aktionismus und Kunst. Historische Beispiele finden sich etwa im Kontext der Arbeiterbewegung der 1920er, der Friedens-, Frauen-, Studenten- und Bürgerrechtsbewegungen der 1960er, oder der Öko-Bewegung der … Continue reading

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Design as Radical Labour (Interview with Tom Bieling)

NewPractice (Issue One) on ‘Design as Radical Labour’ includes an interview with Tom Bieling about social, cultural and political dimensions of Design. Find the entire interview here!  

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Mensch Raum Maschine – Bühnenexperimente am Bauhaus (Book Review)

Dass es im Bauhaus als Hochschule für Gestaltung nicht ausschließlich um den alltagsrelevanten, ganzheitlichen Gestaltungsansatz ging, zeigt bis zum 21. April die Dessauer Ausstellung »Mensch Raum Maschine – Bühnenexperimente am Bauhaus«. Begleitend dazu skizziert der von den Kuratoren Torsten Blume … Continue reading

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Kollisionen

Was passiert, wenn Mode und Architektur kollidieren, Design beim Tanz aufschlägt oder Gesellschafts- und Wirtschafts- mit Visueller Kommunikation zusammenstößt? Was, wenn Textil- auf Textgestaltung trifft, Performance die urbane Raumplanung befragt oder Kulturtheorie durch bildende Kunst und Musik herausgefordert wird? In … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Budenzauber Inklusion

AG SPAK Bücher, Juli 2013, 147 S., kart., 16 €; ISBN 978-3940865571 In der öffentlichen Debatte um die Gleichstellung von Menschen mit Behinderungen ist der Begriff der Inklusion von zentraler Präsenz. Der mit respektablen Zielen und ebenso großen Hoffnungen verbundene … Continue reading

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DFG Roundtable Design Research (Video)

The Design Research Lab conducted an intense two-days event: The DFG Roundtable Design Research. Numerous highly profiled positions from the international field have been brought together in order to compare, discuss and map the different approaches and perspectives within design … Continue reading

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New Book: The History of Sustainable Design

click to enlarge! The new publication ‘Die Geschichte des nachhaltigen Designs‘ (= The History of sustainable Design) by Karin-Simone Fuhs, Davide Brocchi, Michael Maxein & Bernd Draser (Hrsg.) contains a contribution by Design Research Lab‘s Tom Bieling, Florian Sametinger and Gesche … Continue reading

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F L U G M U S I K (Kollisionen 2014)

Eine Woche lang arbeiteten Studierende aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Berliner Universität der Künste (UdK) zusammen an fliegenden Klangobjekten und klingenden Flugobjekten. Objekte, die schweben, gleiten, geworfen oder katapultiert werden. Objekte, die klingen, singen, knattern und flüstern. Einzige Grundbedingungen: kein Strom, … Continue reading

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“Flugmusik” – Jazz Institute Berlin meets Design Research Lab

[Dehnhard & Bieling: F L U G M U S I K] The Jazz Institute Berlin and the Design Research Lab are going to collaborate for early 2014. In the project Tilmann Dehnhard and Tom Bieling are going to work on flying … Continue reading

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Lorm Hand connects deaf-blind people with twitter

On the 4th October an impressive protest march of the deaf-blind took place in Berlin. Many of the participants took the opportunity to express and tweet their thoughts, demands, needs, wishes and requests with the @LormHand. The Lorm Hand is an … Continue reading

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DFG Roundtable Design Research

The Design Research Lab at Berlin University of the Arts is looking forward to an intense two-days workshop next week: the DFG Roundtable Design Research. Even more, we are excited to meet our ca. 40 participants. The list of participants … Continue reading

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Current DESIGN RESEARCH LAB projects by our colleagues Katharina Bredies, Tom Bieling and Alexander Müller-Rakow will be shown in Munich from 21. – 24.2.2013. Click fyers to enlarge! [Look Twice | Exhibition & Symposium, Munich February 2013]

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Radio Interview (Tom Bieling, Multicult FM, 24 October 2012)

Tom Bieling talks about the Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY in this Radio Interview (Language: German). To listen or download the Interview click here! Or “watch” it on Youtube: For further Infos on the project click here! Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY In the winter semester 2012/13, a … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Internship at Design Research Lab Berlin

Das Design Research Lab der Universität der Künste Berlin sucht ab März/ April 2012 in Berlin eine/n Praktikant/in für 3 – 6 Monate im Projekt „Services für Demenz-Patienten“. Das übergreifende Ziel des Design Research Lab (www.drlab.org) besteht darin, durch praktische und theoretische Beiträge im … Continue reading

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Mobile Lorm Glove – A Communication device for deaf-blind people.

The Mobile Lorm Glove is a communication and translation device for the deaf- blind. It translates the hand-touch alphabet Lorm, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and vision impairment, into digital text and vice-versa. The … Continue reading

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Impressions from “Falling Walls Lab”…

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Tom Bieling wins 2nd Place at Falling Walls Lab 2011

100 ideas, 3 minutes, 1 day. At the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, 100 inspiring people presented their breakthroughs. DESIGNABILITIES Initiator Tom Bieling was one them….and won the second place. Congrats! [Chairmen of the falling walls lab jury, Ernst Th. … Continue reading

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HangUp (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“HangUp” is a tool that accounts certain human conditions or situations, where people can not use their hands while being on the phone. For example deaf people need both hands for sign language. But also non-deaf people are often confronted … Continue reading

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Mobile Alert Recognition (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Mobile Alert Recognition” is an application that identifies auditory alerts through signal recognition and informs the user about important events. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Conference Review: INCLUDE 2011

Last week (18-20 April) the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the London Royal College of Art conducted the sixth edition of INCLUDE, the biannual conference on Inclusive Design. This year’s theme: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen. … Continue reading

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Sign-to-Text (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Sign-to-Text” is an application for tracking fingeralphabet for SMS-use on Mobile Phones. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with T-Labs Berlin. . The project explores challenges and possibilites … Continue reading

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Im Werden begriffen – Designperspektiven für Berlin (ARCH+ 201/202)

[ARCH+ issue 201/202 on Berlin; Cover by Meiré und Meiré] The german magazine for archicture “ARCH+” recently published this one: “Im Werden begriffen – Designperspektiven für Berlin Von Bieling, Tom Berlin, Stadt der Kreativen. 2006 zur „UNESCO City of Design“ ernannt, … Continue reading

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Teilnahmeaufruf: 5. Kolloquium ‘Design Promoviert’

Zum Jubiläum mal wieder in Berlin: Wie schon beim allerersten mal, so werden wir auch das 5. Kolloquium »Design promoviert« wieder in Berlin durchführen. Diesmal an der Universität der Künste, der neuen Heimat des Design Research Lab. Am 4. Juni … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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Book (german): Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren

[Claudia Mareis, Gesche Joost, Kora Kimpel (Hg.) Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren. Designforschung im Anwendungskontext; Language: German; Nov 2010, 302 S., Transcript; ISBN 978-3-8376-1463-3] ”Knowledge” and “Research” have become key terms for design. The reciprocal relationship between design practice and … Continue reading

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Andy Miah speaks at our Research Colloquium (November 22)

On November 22 (Monday), Andy Miah gives a talk at our T-Labs’ Research Colloquium. Don’t hesitate to spread to spread the word and feel free to join! *** Research Colloquium *** Date: 22.11.2010 Time: 14.00 – 15:30 Location: Deutsche Telekom … Continue reading

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Conference Review: Sustainability in Design NOW! (Bangalore/India 2010)

We recently attended the Sustainability in Design: NOW! Conference in Bangalore/India. The Conference was promoted and organized as the concluding event of the EU funded LeNS project, which aims at the development and diffusion of design for sustainability in design … Continue reading

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Tuuli Mattelmäki speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 23nd of august)

Another Talk, another interesting guest speaker: On august 23 (Monday), Tuuli Mattelmäki from Aalto University Helsinki comes to talk at our T-Labs’ Research Colloquium. Here topics will range from design probes, empathic design, co-design to service design and design for … Continue reading

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Tom Shakespeare speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 2nd of august)

This august is full of interesting guest speakers. Before Graham Pullin (august 9) and Tuuli Mattelmäki (august 23) come to talk at T-Labs’ Research Colloquium, we are happy to have Tom Shakespeare speaking on “What do we need to know … Continue reading

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Graham Pullin speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 9th of august)

We are happy to have Graham Pullin as a guest speaker at our next Research Colloquium at T-Labs on monday, 9th of august. Graham will talk about aspects from his book, as well about some of his latest projects, e.g. … Continue reading

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Lennard J. Davis speaks at our Research Colloquium

We are happy to have Lennard Davis as a guest speaker at our Research Colloquium next monday. Lennard will speak on the interconnections between science, medicine, technology, and culture, arguing that to separate these categories, as has been historically done, … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Fritz Kahn – Man Machine

[BuchCover: Fritz Kahn – Man Machine;  Springer Wien New York, 2009] Halb Wesen und halb über Ding Tom Bieling Was haben eine Fabrik und ein Penis gemeinsam? Worin liegt die Parallele der menschlichen Verdauung zur Eisenbahntechnologie? Synchron zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung … Continue reading

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Conference Report: PRESENT DIFFERENCE – The Cultural Production of Disability (Manchester)

Just got back from „Present Difference – The Cultural Production of Disability“, a Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), that brought together academics, writers, artists, performers, broadcasters, film-makers and one design-researcher (;-)) to explore the cultural production of disability.   A … Continue reading

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THINKING AND PROBLEMMAKING (Interview with Paola Antonelli)

Earlier this year i did this interview with Paola Antonelli for the DesignResearchNetwork We talked about the relationship between “making” and “thinking”, and that both these worlds seem to actually grow together especially in design research. We talked about the … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (Review)

Our Workshop with with deaf Teenagers at the StreetLab (13 august 09) was interesting and fun. We had two Sign Language Translators to support us. We talked about specifics and properties of Deaf Life. What are typical problems for Deaf … Continue reading

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