Guest lectures _WHERE ARE WE NOW?

The IMD is organizing a guest lecture serie, titled: WHERE ARE WE NOW?, which deals with current issues of the Institute's profile like: Media theories, Time-based architectures, Digital design, Parametric construction and fabrication.

Curated by _Prof. Matthias Karch


09th of November 2017
_Michael Hansmeyer, Vienna

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form. Recent projects include the Sixth Order installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the design and fabrication of full-scale 3D printed grotto for the Archilab exhibition, and the Platonic Solids Series.

He is currently a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Previously, he was a visiting professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, and a lecturer in the CAAD group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Prior to this, he worked at Herzog & de Meuron architects and in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan respectively. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and an MBA degree from INSEAD Fontainebleau.

23th of November 2017
_Eike Langbehn, Hamburg

Eike Langbehn is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Human-Computer Interaction group at the University of Hamburg since January 2015, where he is working on investigating locomotion user interfaces for virtual reality. Before, he worked as a Unity3D developer at a Hamburg games company. He studied computer science in Oldenburg and Hamburg, always focused on HCI and computer graphics.

His research is focused on perceptually-inspired user interfaces for single and multiple users in virtual reality environments. He is working in the project "Interactive Locomotion User Interfaces (iLUI)" funded by the German Research Foundation focusing on basic research on locomotion and interaction in virtual reality. Particularly, he investigates spatial perception and cognition while real walking in virtual worlds in terms of distance, size and speed estimation. Based on the results, he improves techniques for "redirected walking" by exploiting perceptual limitations and illusions with the goal to enable natural walking in a room-scale virtual reality setup.

30th of November 2017
_Kassandra Nakas, Berlin

Kassandra Nakas holds a PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin and has been teaching at the University of Arts Berlin and Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her research is focused on projects at the intersection of contemporary art and architecture, the mediality of language in architectural practice, concepts of materiality in contemporary cultural theory and gender theory. Recent projects deal with the notion of communication and interaction in SANAA’s work, the impact of digital communication on architecture as a social and discursive practice, and the idea of nature in recent art and architecture. She currently teaches at the Köln International School of Design and at the IMD_Institute of Media and Design.

07th of December 2017
_Tobias Nolte, Berlin

Tobias Nolte is part of the team of the CERTAIN MEASSURES, working in Berlin. CERTAIN MEASSURES is a hypothesis-driven design practice that brings deeper insight to the design of experiences, systems, and spaces using mathematics, new technologies, refined intuition, and restless curiosity. They bring novel projects to life by building new software and hardware, tapping open-source tools, drawing on deep training and expertise in architecture, mathematics, robotics, and computer science, and embracing flexible collaboration with other owners, designers, and experts. They aim to understand, enrich, and transform the human experience of space. They specialize in unique and highly customized experiences, systems, and spaces which produce maximum effect with minimum resources. For almost every project CERTAIN MEASSURES develops custom software or hardware tools. These tools help them to map and dimension a problem clearly before they consider solutions. The tools that CERTAIN MEASSURES have developed also tell the story of their interests and capabilities.

12th of December 2017
_Markus Miessen, Berlin

Markus Miessen received his bachelor's degree from the Glasgow School of Art, continuing his studies at the Architectural Association in London and at the London Consortium. His PhD was completed at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths (London) in 2015 under the supervision of Eyal Weizman. From 2011 to 2016 Miessen held the position of Distinguished Professor in Practice at the University of Southern California. Other teaching positions include Stiftungsprofessur at the Städelschule (Frankfurt 2011-2013), guest professor at HEAD (Geneva), visiting professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (Karlsruhe) at the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), and Unit Master at the Architectural Association (London 2004-2008).The Winter School Middle East was initiated by Miessen in 2008.He became a Harvard GSD Fellow in 2010.

Studio Miessen was founded in London in 2005 and has been based in Berlin since 2008, working on architectural and spatial design projects in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.The studio has worked with institutional clients and collaborators such as Art Basel (Switzerland), Art Sonje Center (South Korea), b-05 Art & Cultural Centre (Germany), e-flux (USA), Government of Slovenia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), the Serpentine Gallery (UK), Witte de With (The Netherlands), Weltkulturen Museum (Germany), Institute of Modern Art (Australia), Kunstverein in Hamburg (Germany), Biennials such as the Gwangju Biennale (2011), Performa (2009, 2011, 2013), Sydney Biennial (2016), Berlin Biennale (2016), Venice Biennale (2013), Istanbul Biennale (2014) and artists such as Hito Steyerl, Dénes Farkas, Liam Gillick, Flaka Haliti, Slater Bradley and Stefanos Tsivopoulos.

Markus Miessen has authored books such as ‘‘Crossbenching’’ (2016, Sternberg Press), and ‘‘The Nightmare of Participation’’ (2010, Sternberg Press). In collaboration with Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen initiated and edits the ‘‘Critical Spatial Practice’’ book series at Sternberg Press,[18] publishing contributors including Keller Easterling, Beatriz Colomina, Chantal Mouffe, Eyal Weizman, Felicity Scott, Metahaven, Armin Linke, Trevor Paglen, Rabih Mroué and Jill Magid. Miessen has worked as a consultant to the Government of Slovenia during their presidency of the EU Council, The European Kunsthalle (Cologne), the Dutch Foundation for Art and Public Domain (SKOR) (Amsterdam), the Serpentine Gallery (London), the European Commission and the Kosova National Art Gallery.



04th of May 2017
_Prof. Ralf Baecker, HBK Bremen

20th of April 2017
_Dr. Manuel Kretzer, HBK Braunschweig
MATERIABILITY _The optimist's guide to the anthropocene

13th of April 2017
_Wolfgang Zurborn, Galerie Lichtblick Cologne

15th of December 2016
_Hannes Hummel, KISD Cologne

6th of December 2016
_Armen Avanessian, Berlin

15th of September 2016
_Silvan Oesterle, ETH Zürich
_ROK _Recent projects

6th of April 2016
_Silvan Linden, Büro für Konstruktivismus

25th of March 2015
_Dr. Ralph Bärtschi _ETH, Zürich

11th of February 2015
_Thibault Schwartz _UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, London

02. of December 2014
_Prof. Fabio Gramazio _ETH, Zürich

20th of Oktober 2014
_Luka Piscorek _ETH, Zürich

21th of May 2014
_Jörg Petri _Office UN Studio, Amsterdam

06th of May 2014
_Dr. Markus Hudert _EPFL, Lausanne

30th of April 2014
_Ragunath Vasudevan _Office Schneider+Schumacher, Frankfurt

23th of April 2014
_Clemens Preisinger _Office Bollinger Grohmann Schneider, Wien

22th of April 2014
_Jorge Méndez with Drew Merkle _Office Zaha Hadid, London