Fold / Unfold | VORSPIEL transmediale 2018 at the design transfer gallery
New Media Studio Class 2017/18

To crease, pleat, gather, drape, twist, crumple, wrinkle, or wrap – folding can be considered one of the most essential of all design and architectural principles. In the context of Vorspiel transmediale 2018, the exhibition FOLD / UNFOLD at designtransfer showcased projects by New Media Design students from the Berlin University of the Arts, which aim to analyse the potential of the fold as a digital interface technology.


What part does material as interface play in that matter?
How can we use smart materials in order to develop self assembling structures?
And which spacial or aesthetic opportunities do folding techniques offer us as designers?


The folding is also a thought model for time and space, as described for example by Deleuze and Leibniz. In nature, folding is a principle without which growth and metamorphosis would be impossible. The process of folding and unfolding of leaves or flowers, for example, are exciting natural interactions between a plant and its environment that could be reinterpreted for human-machine interaction. In the combination of folding and smart materials, the New Media Design students examined which possible new interfaces are conceivable.


Project Team: Prof. Kora Kimpel, Joanna Dauner
Student Team: Wiebke von Bremen, Annika Gassenner, Sevasti Giannisti, Lisa Gloser, Hannah Greifenstein, Helena Heinecker, Lucia Lazarus, Hannah Mikysek, Massoud Morgan, Mireya Palmeira, Daniel Pifferling, Roman A. Roth, Merani Schilcher, Franziska Seehausen, Julius Winckler

IoT – An internet of things scenario | New Media Studio Class 2016/17

The Internet of Things not only connects everyday objects with each other but also connects them to services such as Facebook, Evernote or the local weather service. Our home becomes an integral part of our communication. The Internet of Things makes it possible to transfer tasks to all things that previously depended on the control or a certain action by the user and to let them be carried out independently. David Rose, entrepreneur and researcher at MIT Medialab, speaks of “enchanted objects”, which are supposed to grow beyond their everyday use value through networking. Students of the New Media Class developed a scenario that made it possible to experience this networking and independence of the environment in a narrative of an apartment.

Project Team: Prof. Kora Kimpel, Joanna Dauner
Student Team: Nils Hoepken, Julian Löscher, Julian Netzer, Piet Schmidt, Elana Levin Schtulberg

Provotypes – provocative prototypes | New Media Studio Class

The designer as an agent provocateur – provocation as communication


The term of the “provotype” is a wordplay for provocative prototypes which means to use a prototype in a provocative way as a method to define outstanding questions in research. The provotype helps us to understand how people handle phenomena they hadn´t questioned before – by confronting them with situations which represent a new experience. The difference from other creativity-methods which analyse the views of people relating to future questions is that the provotype allows a tangible and interactive discussion. The distinction from a design-prototype consists in the extraordinary and provocative functionality of the provotype which doesn’t have to be transferable to the market but shows new possibilities in applied technology-research. The term “provotype” was developed by Preben Morgensen in his paper „Towards a Provptyping approach in systems development” in 1992.

Quantified self – The measuring of oneself | New Media Studio Class 2011

Hypertension, weight, workout, sleep, mood, diet, sex: the supporters of the Quantified-Self-Movement are interested in all and any activities or bodily functions. They summarise their whole life with numbers and statistics. They capture the data with special equipment and tools and provide their own data online to share with their community – total self control.

This trend of self measurement – which is described by the term “Quantified self” for the whole movement – was the topic of the Studio Class New Media in the winter term 2011/2012. The students discussed the attitude of the movement, went to their meetings, reflected on the equipment and software tools and then started their own project on that topic. The results are interesting new tools or interventions and are different from those already known.

-> presentation on the re:publica 2012

-> video of the hybrid symposium “Digital self measurement” in May 2012

Digital Tools for Designers | New Media Studio Class 2011

What tools do designers use in times of rapid prototyping and Co-working-spaces? What tools are missing or should be improved? In the project current tools and the aligned processes were analysed and discussed: what does a designer’s workshop look like and what is the workflow today and tomorrow? Based on these topics the students developed concepts and realized first prototypes. The results show practical design-tools and tools for documentation and inspiration.