»The Analog in the Digital Age« Save the Date of 11 November 2020 for the 1st MoA Annual Conference Happening Online

Challenging times call for new formats: The Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« cordially invites you to its first virtual Annual Conference »The Analog in the Digital Age«.

Please join us on November 11th 2020 from 9:30 AM CET onwards in discovering a variety of individually accessible virtual knowledge rooms in surprising designs and a 360° environment. Lectures from the natural sciences, the humanities and design disciplines will be presented in video format and supplemented by digital meeting opportunities in the form of live Q&As and wrap-ups.

The conference takes up the Cluster’s central vision to rediscover the analog within activities of images, spaces and materials in the age of the digital. Biology and technology, mind and material, nature and culture intertwine in a new way. »Matters of Activity« aims to create a basis for a new culture of materials: In six projects, more than 40 disciplines systematically investigate design strategies for active materials and structures that adapt to specific requirements and environments. Inspired by nature and traditional cultural techniques, objects and materials are rethought as active, changeable and recyclable building materials.

The preliminary conference agenda:


Further information on the program, schedule and access to the virtual conference rooms will be published on the MoA website soon:

We are very much looking forward to experiencing and trying out this new format together!

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner
Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Fratzl
Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis

MoA Annual Conference STD

»The Analog in the Digital Age« MoA Annual Conference, 11 November 2020
(From Top to Button, Left to Right): Bacterial Curtain. Copyright: Bastian Beyer and Iva Rešetar; Visualization of the cellular network inside a compact bone. Copyright: Andreas Roschger & Richard Weinkamer, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; Medallion commemorating Lorenzo de’ Medici: Felt hat and two daggers, after 1537. Copyright: Arthor’s Archive; E. Coli Colony Biofilm. Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«; Crochet Model of a Hyperbolic Planes. Copyright: Regine Hengge; Wax Mulages, Copyright: Michelle Mantel for »Matters of Activity«