FUNKEN Academy for artistic research

In the FUNKEN Academy, artists, technological institutes and research facilities come together to experiment in the field between arts and technology.

 

 

Discursive Design Class | IF / THEN ARTIFICIAL NATURES

Can a shape-memory polymer function as an artificial larynx and be applied in sound-creation? Can programmable materials lend character to everyday objects? What if a household gadget running low on battery would communicate this by slumping in exhaustion? Which structures and characteristics derived from nature can be used in the development of new materials? And which philosophical questions arise in the process of creating artificial forms of nature? 

In cooperation with the  Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials artists and designers are invited to investigate the novel programmable materials in a course by Prof. Dr. Johanna Schmeer.  Through the cooperation with the institute, the participants gain access to new materials, which are not yet available on the market. 

Following a Kick-Off event in Chemnitz and Dresden from 04th of October till 06th of October 2021 are followed by regular consultations (remote).  The final works will be presented on 24th of January 2022. 

Pilot project LABOR 2025

 

In March 2021, Labor 2025 was realized as a pilot project of FUNKEN Academy. In three workshops, developed by artists in collaboration with the partner institutes Fraunhofer IWU, Fraunhofer ENAS and Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut students and post-graduates worked on prototyping ideas in the areas of AR, Smart Materials and textile design, presenting the results in an exhibition at Ars Electronica Center Linz
 

Labor 2025 was funded by the Kulturhauptstadtbüro Chemnitz 2025 and realized as a pilot project in the context of the EU-funded project als Pilot Projekt im Rahmen des InduCCI in cooperation with Kreatives Sachsen. 

Workshop "Faserland" | Prototype for alternative application of non-woven fabric
Workshop "Faserland" | Prototype for alternative application of non-woven fabric

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Workshop "Labor der Sinne" | AR Object
Workshop "Labor der Sinne" | AR Object

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Workshop "Offline Gallery" | Video link to dust-free room at Fraunhofer ENAS
Workshop "Offline Gallery" | Video link to dust-free room at Fraunhofer ENAS

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Workshop "Faserland" | Prototype for alternative application of non-woven fabric
Workshop "Faserland" | Prototype for alternative application of non-woven fabric

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Photo credit: Fabian Thüroff

Video credit: Fabian Thüroff