March 16, 2016
events so far
BODY LANGUAGE & SHAPPE MATTERS 28.04.2017
Lecture #8.1 – Evgenia Charlafti - Body Language Awareness
Communication is based on body language much more than on words. Being aware of how physicality influences interactions is a complex task to achieve. When are we violent towards others without noticing, to which extent do we use our body or those of others to pass a message across or to get what we want and when does our own body language or that of others work against us?
Eugenia is currently researching the separation of liquid mixtures in TU Berlin and at the same time experimenting on the role of body language in communication.
Lecture #8.2 – Francisco Regalado - Shapes Matter
Various case studies demonstrate how "almost" can mean infinite, in effect, how much shapes matter.
Francisco Regalado (b. Mexico, 1990)
Francisco's work is a perpetual research, informed by the interrelationships between natural processes and computational systems: he strives to unveil embedded forces in natural systems, through man made systems.
He received his degree in architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he was subsequently an assistant tutor for the studio "Emergent Material Systems". His professional experience includes studios in Stockholm, Mexico City, London and Berlin.
Francisco lives in and works in Berlin researching advanced geometries at Studio Olafur Eliasson, parallel to the development of his own research.
#7.1 – Paul N. Roth - Banana as Life
A fruit, a place, plus some particulars on everyday existence. Glocalist/explorateur Mr Paul N Roth reveals his journey to the center of south Indian (ex: global) banana cultures and the ensuing philosophical meanderings of what this might mean for the world.
#7.2 – Joachim Stein - "Birth and Emancipation of Superintelligence"
Joachim Stein has background in conceptual art, but mostly worked for internet and technology companies in the past years. He has a fascination with social and technical systems and likes to playfully think about them. Joachim is also one of the organizers of the Berlin Pecha Kucha Night.
At TEOK Joachim will share some thoughts about the "Birth and Emancipation of Superintelligence"
Banana as Life & Birth and Emancipation of Superintelligence
23.03.17 // @Fdhain
Plastic Free Fridays & Improvised Explosive Devices
23.02.17 // @Ostkreuz
#6.1 – Barbara Cilliers - Plastic Free Friday Project
Barbara Cilliers is a freelance graphic designer in Berlin. A storyteller at heart, she started writing about beautiful places and the life of plants on her blog sitsitso.com.
Before Berlin she worked at a London start-up and explored the english countryside. She used to run her own design studio in South Africa while lecturing at the University of Pretoria. Her first public speaking appearance was as guest speaker at South Africa’s biggest design conference in Cape Town called The Design Indaba.
Join her talk about wilful consumerism where she discusses her Plastic Free Friday Project: What it is, why she started it and the resulting impact it has brought about.
#6.2 – Philippa Morland - Improvised Explosive Devices
What can the construction of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) tell us about the intentions and tactics of the maker?
Looking at historical case studies of terrorist attacks in Britain, the construction of the explosives will be explained and analysed with relation to the behaviour and tactics of the groups or individuals who created them.
Phillippa completed at BSc in Forensic Science with a focus on the investigation and construction of terrorist explosives. She went on to work in several unrelated industries but has kept an interest in her area of study and although lacking the resources afforded her by the Ministry of Defense, making practical experimentation difficult, still enjoys reading around this subject and is an avid fan of the Berlin new years celebrations.
#5.1- Singing is not difficult and everybody can learn to sing
by Jasmin Albash
Jasmin gave an overview over the "Complete Vocal Technique" developed in Denmark. The singing technique has been divided into 4 main subjects. By combining elements of these four subjects you can produce precisely the sounds you want. From singing classical to pop music or even scream like a heavy metal singer - everything is included in the technique.
"The Richard Kingston Project" was born in 2013 as the solo project of Jasmin Albash (voice, synthesizer and loopstation); it is an electronic act based in Basel. "The Richard Kingston Project“ stands for an expressive and versatile voice that Jasmin often multiplies with the loopstation. She creates complex harmonies, soundscapes or groovy hooks for a chorus, which are underlined with bass and sounds from the synthesizer.
#5.2 - Experimenting with society: randomized controlled trials in social policy
by Patrick von Glehn
'Revolutionary' water pumps stand unused and broken in South African villages, teen pregnancy programs can actually increase fertility rates, and countless education initiatives have no significant effect on student performance. Depressingly, when rigorously evaluated, most social interventions turn out to produce small, no, or even negative effects.
But outstanding social interventions do exist and can be many times more effective than average ones. This talk will explore a growing movement in social policy aiming to dramatically improve standards by borrowing one of the most powerful methods from the world of medical research - the randomized controlled trial.
After completing his PhD in Chemistry in the UK, Patrick decided to move to Berlin for a bit of an adventure before 'getting a real job'. Two years later he's still here, happily underemployed and spends much of his time learning and teaching languages as well as exploring central Europe in his work as an educational tour manager.
INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY: A CASE OF THE AMERICAS
#4.1 - Intercultural Dialogue Through Photography : A case of the Americas
After completing a mandate at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, where he worked on the theme of Global Citizenship Education, Jimmy began an intercultural travel project in which he rode his motorcycle through the Americas from Montreal, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.
Through the 35’000kms he covered by land, Jimmy did over 150 photographic interviews with people he met along the way, across 18 different countries. These interviews form the core of his work which seeks to showcase the value of cultural diversity in the Americas, through the support of photographic images and storytelling that reflects the daily lives of everyday people.
Jimmy Ung was born in Montreal, Canada, from a family of Cambodian war refugees. He has travelled in close to 30 countries and worked for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Parliament as well as international charity Free The Children. His interests span across culture and the arts, education, community and civic engagement, as well as the role and impact of new technologies on these themes.
THE RHYTHM OF MY LIFE & WHAT CAN DESIGN DO FOR REFUGEES
#3.1 - The Rhythm of my Life: On the domestication of bodies and melodies
The relationship between music and the body is ancestral. The power of sound to regulate metabolic and emotional processes has been exploited since the dawn of humanity; conversely, through voice and percussion, the human body provides the earliest means of musical production. In the realm of dance-oriented popular music – ever-more disembodied in its production and distribution, yet reliant on a collective and para-ritualistic physical consumption – this relationship features novel semantic dimensions and power dynamics. The presentation will explore the correlation between the iambic metre and the heartbeat through the former’s structural role in some well-known melodies.
Lecture #3.2 - What design can do for the refugees
A personal project which is a podcast about design off-topic and how design can improve people's life anywhere. In this session I will talk about some great ideas that have been used to improve refugees life.
I TURNED AND TURNED ALONE AGAIN & HETEROPIA IN THE LAVATORY
#2.1 - I Turned and Turned Alone Again
Presentation about a series of fictional and factual accounts of the experience of crossing and not crossing borders, mostly in the specific context of Palestine. How is a body perceived as a separated entity? Which imaginary beyond helps in “getting there”? Which borders can be crossed, and which are evidentially out of reach, and for whom? Where can we touch upon them, truly? How do borders move and discipline the minds and bodies crossing?
#2.2 - Heterotopia in the Lavatory
Irene Fernández Ramos
Heterotopias are spaces where we can construct over the constructed; spaces whose real signification can be altered through imagination. As stated by Foucault, "the heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing in a single real place several spaces, several sites that are in themselves incompatible". This presentation will explore how airplane toilets can become heterotopias by reinterpreting classical paintings with toilet paper.
ROUNDABOUT ART IN SPAIN & TANGO EMBODIED IN WOMEN
#1.1 - Roundabout Art in Spain
In Spain there are around 28.000 roundabouts, way more than in any other country in the EU. Yes, it seems there is a lot of traffic in Spain. In addition, on this big urban displays you can find some of the most unbelievable (yes, you will not believe it) pieces of unnecessary contemporary art in the country. They are often also symbols of some of the most important cases of political corruption in Spain. Yes, there are also a lot of corruption cases in Spain. This is a curated selection of the best worse Roundabout Art in Spain.
#1.2 - Tango embodied in Women
The Role of women in Tango.