Local Additions to the Exhibition in Berlin

In Berlin the core of the exhibition has been joined by three local additions curated by professor Barbara Schmidt from Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

Bröhan-Museum in Berlin Charlottenburg. (c) Minerva Juolahti

The exhibition opened at the Bröhan-Museum in Berlin on Sunday January 28th 2018. The core of the exhibition and the local additions take up almost all of the third floor of the museum. The core of the exhibition is placed in a big hall and the local additions together with the Future Lights winners are located in three smaller rooms. The  three local additions are the results of two experimental ceramics courses organised at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, final thesis projects of the students of the school and a local architectural ceramics adaption. The themes of the local additions are well linked with the themes of the core of the Shaping the Future exhibition. Several of the students who present their works in the additional part have also works in the core of the exhibition.

The final thesis work of Maximilian Bellinghausen: “Plating and Processes” 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

Experimental Courses at Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

In one of the smaller rooms two project courses carried out at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin are presented. The first project took place in winter term 2015/2016 with the headline “table tools”. The project concentrated on the role of ceramics in the preparation and consumption of food. During the course the students tried to answer the question: How does it influence the food and drink related design if the design is developed from the point of view of the physical properties of food, the food preparation techniques and the sensory perceptions during consumption? The works are from Lilith Habisreutinger, Janis Gildein, Maximilian Bellinghausen, Henrik Hjort, Alexandre Bailly and Simon Ertl.

The results of the course “table tools” 2015/2016. (c) Minerva Juolahti

The other project “Clay-Stones-Earth” took place in summer term 2017 and it concentrated on local materials and their use in ceramics and building. Berlin is located in the state of Brandenburg which is usually considered low in raw materials. The local materials – lignite, wood, sand and clay – have nevertheless been important in the building of the city of Berlin and in the future they might be able to offer ways to develop a more sustainable building culture. This was one of the themes of this course that was an interdisciplinary laboratory for sustainable design. In some of the outcomes of the course  3D printing in ceramics has played an integral role. This section has works from Tau Pibernat, Cindy Valdez, Ursula Jarero, Robin Hoske, Joy Weinberger, Adèle Le Houerf, Anton Richter, Benjamin Gladki, Rahel Jacob, Nils Jünke and Tanguy Fraiture.

Some of the works of the project “Clay-Stones-Earth” 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

The themes of these two project courses link intriguingly with three of the key themes of the core exhibition: food design, local materials and new technologies. These themes were also present at the experimental Kahla workshop in April 2016 at the Kahla Porcelain factory, where several of the works of the core of the Shaping the Future exhibition were initiated or even produced.

Cindy Veldez: “Maximiliana” 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

Design and Experiment – Final Thesis Projects

Next to the room of the two experimental courses of Weissensee Kunshochschule Berlin there is a room that presents the final thesis projects of seven students of the school. The works were developed under the study perspective Design and Experiment and they investigate the potential of ceramics material for vessels and tools for the preparation, consumption and for a deeper sensory perception of food. Through the works the students also examine the potential of different industrial, artisan and digital production methods – such as ceramic 3D printing – as well as experiment with materials, surfaces and processes.

The final thesis project of Maria Braun: “Univessels” 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

In this section Babette Wiezorek, Dawei Yang, Laura Görs, Qianyu Zhu, Sarah Bräuner, Maria Braun and Maximilian Bellinghausen present their final thesis projects. These works also link well to the works of the core of the Shaping the Future exhibition, they share for example the themes of food design and new technologies.

Babette Wiezorek and Dawei Yang: “Additive Addicted” 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

Architectural Ceramics to Improve Concert Hall Acoustics

Next to the works of the Future Lights in Ceramics winners a fragment of a ceramic architectural adaption hangs on the wall. This ceramic structure was designed to improve the acoustic features of the hall of Berlin State Opera, when it was renovated. The whole structure is placed on the ceiling of the opera hall and it consists of approx. 250 square meters of open diamond lattice made out of CPBP (Chemically Bonded Photosphate Ceramics). The structure is designed by the architects of the HG Merz architecture firm and is a great example of how ceramics can be used to create new adaptions for architecture.

HG Merz (GER) 2015: Mock-up of the Reverberation Gallery, Berlin State Opera, Unter den Linden (scale 1:1). (c) Minerva Juolahti

30/01/2018 – 22/04/2018 Exhibition in Berlin / Germany

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future

January 30th – April 22nd 2018
Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 18
Opening: Sunday January 28th 2018 at 12

, Landesmuseum für Jugendstil, Art Deco und Funktionalismus
Schlossstraße 1a
14059 Berlin (near Charlottenburg Palace)

Around Europe ceramics has always played an important role in everyday life, people use ceramics daily both in the private as well as the public sphere. What significance does ceramics as a traditional material have in today’s society? How are the industrial and the handcrafted production in connection with each other? What is the potential of new digital techniques? And will the material play a role in the artistic education in the future? These are some of the questions that are at the focus of the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition which is a result of the Ceramics and its Dimensions project that has eighteen partner institution in eleven European countries. Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin is one of the partners of the project and the students and staff of the school have contributed with their works to the exhibition.


Auf Deutsch:

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future

30. Januar bis 22. April 2018
Dienstag bis Sonntag von 10 bis 18 Uhr und an allen Feiertagen
Eröffnung: So, 28.1.2018, 12 Uhr

Kuratorenführungen mit Prof. Barbara Schmidt
Sontag 4.3. 15 Uhr
Samstag 24.3. 15 Uhr (im Rahmen der “Europäischen Tage des Kunsthandwerks”)
Samstag 14.4. 16 Uhr: Studierende der weißensee kunsthochschule berlin stellen ihre Beiträge zur Ausstellung “Ceramics and its Dimensions. Shaping the Future” vor. Digitale Werkzeuge werden live demonstriert. Prof. Barbara Schmidt führt durch die von ihr kuratierte Ausstellung. Museumseintritt, Anmeldung nicht erforderlich.

Landesmuseum für Jugendstil, Art Deco und Funktionalismus
Schlossstraße 1a
14059 Berlin (am Schloß Charlottenburg)

In ganz Europa spielt Keramik seit jeher eine wichtige Rolle im alltäglichen Leben der Menschen: Ob im privaten oder öffentlichen Raum, Keramik umgibt uns überall und wird täglich von uns genutzt. Welche Bedeutung hat das traditionelle Material Keramik heute? Wie stehen industrielle und handwerkliche Produktion zueinander, wo liegt das Potenzial digitaler Techniken und unter welchen Perspektiven wird das Material in Zukunft eine Rolle in der gestalterischen Ausbildung spielen? Mit diesen Fragen befasst sich die Ausstellung “Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future” Es werden Ergebnisse des gleichnamigen internationalen Projektes gezeigt, das neben der Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin weitere 20 Partnerinstitutionen aus elf europäischen Ländern vereint. Durch die Nutzung digitaler Medien werden die Projektergebnisse einem breiten Publikum zugänglich gemacht.

23/9/2017 – 5/11/2017 Exhibition during BCB in Stoke-on-Trent / UK

The Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition accompanied by the works of the Future Lights ambassadors of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 is a part of the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) 2017 in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. The exhibition is held in the Spode-China Hall and is open between 23rd of September and 5th of November 2017.

Tanguy Fraiture, GER: Unplugged Cool-Maker, 2016. (c) Chikako Harada

In Stoke-on-Trent the core of the exhibition has been joined by a local addition: a selection of prototypes, that are the results of Martin Smith and Steve Brown’s AHRC funded research project Extending the Potential for the Digitally Printed Ceramic Surface.

Related Events during BCB

Several events related to the exhibition are run alongside the BCB programme including a panelled Round Table discussion, the annual European Future Lights competition, the Ceramic Values conference which is at the same time the Ceramics and its Dimensions Final Congress  and a meeting with the European partner institutions participating in the project.

The Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition is open in Spode-China-Halls during British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) until November 5th 2017.
The Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition is open in Spode-China-Halls during British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) until November 5th 2017. (c) Minerva Juolahti

Ceramic Values Conference

On 5th and 6th of October the Ceramic Values conference takes place in Stoke-on-Trent. The theme of the conference is the value and role of ceramics in the society. Many participants of the Shaping the Future exhibition are speaking at the conference. Among the speakers are professor Maarit Mäkelä, professor Barbara Schmidt,  lecturers Nathalie Lautenbacher and Anna van der Lei as well as students Tuuli Saarelainen, Saija Halko and Babette Wiezorek. Also the following Future Lights ambassadors present their work at the conference: Sabrina Vasulka, Rhiannon Ewing-James, Wendy Ward, Karolina Bednorz, Monika Müller and Maria Juchnowska. The conference is free and open for all. Read more about the conference and about how to register here.

The Clay Pit Workshop

Within China Halls an interactive workshop space The Clay Pit is created. The workshop is open during the whole BCB and it is also part of the programme of the Ceramic Values congress (Module 10). Via a series of large clay pits, copious amounts of ceramic material, oversize clay tools, and creative props, The Clay Pit will encourage communal hands-on play, exploration and construction. The workshop is part of the education and audience development program (Module 7) and has been carried out by BCB community and engagement programme manager Dena Bagi and Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future coordinator Priska Falin.

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future
23rd September – 5th November
Spode-China Halls
Stoke town, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JB
Sunday 12.00 noon—5.00pm
Closed Mondays

See the exhibition and read more about the whole biennial on the web page of BCB here.