UdK Berlin Rundgang 2021

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»Neobiota« are species (animals, plants, fungi) that have settled in an area outside their original biotope. These processes are always associated with complex interactions: This means that not only the neobiont has to adapt to its new environment, but also the biotope changes when a new species establishes itself. In ten interventions with different media, the UdK design students investigate whether neobiont migration processes and interactions can also be demonstrated for artefacts. What happens to objects when they leave their biotope and end up in completely different contexts? How will the objects behave in these unfamiliar environments - and how do these environments behave towards them? Will their original functions remain in the foreground in the other contexts or will they be interpreted in a completely new way? Can they unfold undreamed-of values or do they lose relevance altogether? Such transformations are not normally envisaged in museum contexts. On the contrary: the museum‘s task is precisely to protect the objects from any changes. They are taken out of the living world of becoming and passing away and surrounded by a semi-permeable protective cloak: looking in is possible, looking out is hardly possible. Yet most of them have a centuries-long, often very eventful biography of value creation and change, but also of destruction behind them - including the raids, and wars, that were waged around them or about them. What happens when we abduct the immobilised objects and bring them back to life? When we transplant them into unfamiliar social contexts, invent new narratives and put them to the test? What stories can be developed going forward - and what stories can be told when those so mad return to the museum biotope? What multiple dialogues and also contagions occur in the collection spaces of the Museum of Decorative Arts between the originals and the neo-biontic returnees?


Anja Lapatsch

DELI.DOG - dry dog food from our own kitchen Among all animal-human friendships, the friendship with the dog is the longest and most widespread, as the wolf was the first animal to be domesticated. One reason for this early cohabitation must have been that even the first dogs could be fed with all kinds of food scraps from the human household, not only of animal origin, but also vegetables.In the past 15 years, the number of dogs kept in Germany has increased from 6.5 to 10 million, according to estimates. All these animals also need to be fed. The meat consumption of American cats and dogs alone would be enough to keep the USA in fifth place among the nations with the highest meat consumption in the world. Already today, up to 70 per cent of all global agricultural land is taken up by animal feed production. Conventional meat production is one of the biggest climate polluters. Cattle emit environmentally harmful methane, but the massive use of fertilisers and pesticides, the clearing of rainforest for soya production and the draining of wetlands also contribute to climate change. In addition, one has to imagine that all the food is packed in mini cans up to 20 kg plastic bags and exported worldwide. Which does not improve a dog's CO2 footprint. This is why my approach is to produce the food for the four-legged friend in parallel with our own vegetable-based dishes. In order to still have a positive influence on climate change, we have to eat a vegan diet sooner rather than later. This makes it easier to collect sufficient organic leftovers to process them into dog food. Steaming makes the vegetables soft and more digestible. Afterwards, you should squeeze out the water and drain it to make the food firmer and more durable. If you then heat it to bake it, it can even be kept for days up to a few weeks. In this way, every dog owner can cater to the individual needs of the dog and significantly minimise their own leftovers. In industrially produced dog food, it is often no longer possible to recognise or trace what has been processed, and more and more dogs suffer from allergies where it is no longer possible to draw conclusions about their origin. In contrast, we could also buy our vegetables all produce locally and seasonally, and process them without packaging for us and the dog. This would mean that no meat would have to be produced and the environment would be significantly less polluted. However, a CO2 pawprint cannot be completely avoided. London's parks alone are watered with 4.5 million litres of dog urine every year. But with an awareness of nutrition, many problems can be positively counteracted for humans as well as dogs.

Deli.Dog I Alina Seegert

Design & Social Context, Prof. Ineke Hans, Maciej Chmara