Education Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles

HYDROWEAVE awarded at the Raumprobe Materialpreis


HYDROWEAVE by Stefanie Eichler & Juni Neyenhuys was awarded a recognition in the field of “Study” at the Raumprobe Material Award 2020. The project, which centers on a research-based design approach, was created in 2019 at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin as part of the MoA Design Studio Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles under the direction of Prof. Christiane Sauer.

Since 2005, Raumprobe has been a constantly growing online material database and physical material exhibition in Stuttgart. Raumprobe has been awarding the prestigious Material Prize annually since 2013, recognizing special materials. The prize is awarded in 8 categories, including design, innovation, ecology, study and process. The jury consists of an interdisciplinary panel of experts and is reconstituted each year. 

The winning entry in the study category, HYDROWEAVE is a research-based design project and introduces an innovative system—cellulose-based woven modules that respond to moisture. The result is an adaptive membrane that responds to the environment in a special way, with no technical actuators or sensors at all. When water vapor develops, the modules curve or stretch their woven structure accordingly, creating surfaces that open or close adaptively, for example to ventilate or separate areas. The modules are also made entirely from biodegradable and renewable raw materials. The design project in the Department of Textile and Surface Design took place as part of the research Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material”, with the participation of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Golm, Department of Biomaterials: Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Maxie Schneider, Khashayar Razghandi, Lorenzo Guiducci, Peter Fratzl und Cécile Bidan.  

Education Dutch Design Week 2020 – DXM – Design, Experiment, Material – Presentation of the latest research projects

virtual Exhibition


Dutch Design Week 2020

At this year’s virtual Dutch Design Week, exciting projects from the fields of textile and surface design and product design, created at the weissensee kunsthochschule berlin, will be presented. The digital exhibition runs from 17.10.-25.10.2020.

Research projects from DXM – Design and Experimental Materials Research

All Good(s) –  Presented by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Education Future Textiles – Digital Crafts


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Future Textiles - Digital Crafts

The semester project Future Textiles – Digital Crafts focuses on the combination of traditional textile techniques and the potential of ‚digital fabrication‘.

Within this context, the use of digital tools were examined as an extension of human manual skills and their role in a contemporary understanding of craft, design and technology was explored. Especially the combination of digitally controlled processes (e.g. computer-controlled weaving and knitting, parametric modeling and 3D printing or e-textiles) in combination with current material research leads to a whole spectrum of new possibilities in the field of textiles and flexible surface systems.

The semester project was conducted within the research project Textile Prototyping Lab.

Education Scaling Nature @ Domotex Hannover



Scaling Nature @ Domotex Hannover

Works from the semester project Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles were exhibited at the Domotex in Hannover. The Domotex is a trade fair for floor coverings, which deals with connections to applied research, thus giving artists, start-ups and students the opportunity to present themselves in the context of the “NuThinkers” Framing Trends.

Research Start Smart



Textiles as future technology

A report on the research unit DXM – Design and Experimental Material Research of the Textile and Surface Design Department at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin in merlin | smart³ magazine, issue No. 3 | 2019.


Research Sound Adapt




A report on the R&D project SoundAdapt in smart³ magazine, issue No. 3 | 2019. This research project deals with the development of a kinetically variable surface that can influence the acoustic parameters within built environments in a fast and precise way. By integrating shape memory alloys, sensors and acoustically effective materials within the surface structure, an adaptive and self-contained overall system is to be created. This will be easily integrated into existing room structures enabling an acoustically variable use of space in an energy- and space-saving way.

Education Bauhaus Festival Dessau 2019



Bauhaus Festival Dessau 2019 - 100 years Bauhaus - Festival Stage TOTAL

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin was invited to present projects from the fields of textiles and surface design and product design as part of the Bühne TOTAL festival. Seven works from the two semester projects GreenDesign 8.0 – Circular City Mapping Berlin’s Material Streams and Βιος λόγος (Bios Logos) were exhibited at the Bauhaus Dessau from 11 – 15 September 2019.


Research Digital Materials

Exhibition and Talk

11.May - 23.Juni 2019

Bezugsstoffe (Cover Fabrics)

In the exhibition Bezugsstoffe (Cover Fabrics) the participating artists examine textiles for their qualities as visual and haptic indicators of changes in art, culture, society and technology. Seven positions are presented in installations and objects, questioning familiar notions of the use, production, expansion and representation of textile carriers of meaning.

Participating artists: Veronika Aumann, Sabrina Bosshard / Stefanie Kägi, Nadine Göpfert, Ebba Fransén Waldhör / Marei Rei, Adriana Quaiser / Theresa Kanz, Selina Reiterer und Christine Katscher / Ronja Svaneborg

Talk: Veronika Aumann: Self Active Materials, 6.June 2019, 7pm

Link to exhibition


Research Textile Prototyping Lab

Fair / Exhibition


TPL @ Techtextil

At Techtextil 2019 DXM research project Textile Prototyping Lab is showing one of their latest developments for Stefan Diez’ PLUSMINUS lighting system for Vibia: a light rail formed of a soft, conductive textile belt that can incorporate a variety of bulbs for different lighting effects. The functionality of the belt and a variety of weaving designs were developed by TPL.

Research Digital Materials

PhD project

khb x PhDArts

With her practice-based research project Digital Materials, Veronika Aumann is accepted as PhD candidate at the PhDArts program in January 2019. PhDArts is an international doctoral program in art and design at the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague.

Research Textile Prototyping Lab



Neue Textile Welten

Exhibition at Wasserschloss Klaffenbach

The exhibition „Neue Textile Welten“ at Wasserschloss Klaffenbach is showing the „potentials of technical and intelligent textiles + smart materials“. Together with works by e.g. Bauerfeind AG, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH, warmX GmbH, Norafin Industries GmbH, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI), Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen Vogtland e.V. Greiz (TITV e.G.), TU Chemnitz and Design Research Lab der UdK Berlin weißensee kunsthochschule berlin and DXM are presenting five student projects and the research projects ‘Textile Prototyping Lab’ and ‘Digitale Materialien’.

Research Smart Tools For Smart Design (ST4SD)

Show, Tell & Make

14. & 15. July 2018

Rundgang 2018

For the “Rundgang 2018”, the annual summer exhibition, the visitors were guided “hands-on” through the exhibition in the research space and informed about the different research projects. The visitors were able to experience and understand self-forming 3D textiles, experiments on shape-change materials and surfaces with reactive structures. The visitors were also able to get directly involved in textile prototyping at the Jacquard loom or body-learning at the nine stops of the fitness trail Shape Change Aerobic.

Research Digital Materials


20.-28.10.2018, Eindhoven, NL

Beyond Material @ Dutch Design Week 2018

The series Autorials, a part of the research project Digital Materials by Veronika Aumann was exhibited at the Dutch Design Week in October 2018 as part of the presentation of the design collective Beyond Material.
Autorials is a series on (fictitious) responsive materials that can change shape, colour, volume, structure and transparency. By investigating various material explorations and their conversion into garments, possible future interaction figures between human, machine and material are sketched. The red example is titled Liquid Light. Depending on the physical movement (shaking) of the material, the liquid inside intensifies its coloured luminosity. The silver one is titled Malloon. Malloon is a material-machine that can automatically changes its shape and volume through inflating and deflating.

Research smart materials satellites

Lecture and Publication

16. - 18.11.2018

smart materials satellites at Conference Matters of Communication

Lecture Julia Wolf (DXM) and Lilo Viehweg (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) at the conference of the German Society for Design Theory and Research, HfG Karlsruhe Material als Experiment – Transdisciplinary Science Communication with the Methods of Design – What contribution can design methods make to the translation of complex, technology-based knowledge and what role do they play in the discourse on current material developments?

The accompanying publication with a paper by J. Wolf and L. Viehweg will be published in autumn 2019.

Education sensing materials lab at Long Night of Museums in Berlin

Workshops and Exhibition


sensing materials lab at Long Night of Museums in Berlin

As part of the smart materials satellites research project, four workshops on Hearing, Feeling, Smelling, Tasting Material were held at Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things in Berlin in cooperation with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Lead: Julia Wolf (DXM), Lilo Viehweg (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)

Education smart materials satellites at Zurich University of the Arts

Workshop and Exhibition

26.08. - 30.09.2018

smart materials satellites at Zurich University of the Arts

In cooperation with the Department of Interaction Design of the Zurich University of the Arts (Clemens Winkler, Luke Franzke), the Material Archive ZHdK (Franziska Müller-Reissmann) and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Lilo Viehweg), a workshop and exhibition on the subject of materials of the future was held together with students. As part of the ZHdK Highlights, “Material as Experiment | Past Present Future” was shown, including student works from weißensee.