KISDtalk: "Matter Matters"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design , 19. Dezember 2017

KISDtalk  (Bild: KISD )

In this public lecture, guest speaker Prof. Ralf Baecker will discuss the origins of digital procedures and techniques and will elaborate on how artists and designers nowadays are trying to reclaim matter and material processes into their work. Thus, in the digital era – does matter matter?!

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KISDtalk: "Matter Matters"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 19. Dezember 2017
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln


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KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Prof. Ralf Baecker, University of the Arts, Bremen


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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The digital procedure, introduced in the 1940s, was intended to eliminate not only the noise in the channel and its surroundings but matter itself. This lecture on the topic "Matter Matters" looks at the origin of the digital and how artists and designers nowadays are trying to reclaim matter and raw material processes into their artistic practice. For this talk, Prof. Ralf Baecker will use his artistic practice to reflect and comment on the abovementioned phenomenon.
Ralf Baecker (*1977, Düsseldorf, Germany) is an artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Through installations and machines, Baecker explores fundamental mechanisms of action and effects of new media and technologies. In his representations and spatializations of digital and technological processes, he seeks to expand our perception. At the core of his objects lies the entanglement of the virtual with the real, or rather, with the world. With a media-archaeological outlook, Ralf Baecker digs within obsolete devices for traces and functions that are still detectable in technologies today. Since 2016, he teaches at the University of the Arts Bremen as Professor for Experimental Design of New Technologies.
The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks mostly take place on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD.
The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.