TASK
June 15, 2014
"WHAT MATERIALS WILL EXIST IN A DECADE?"
We are happy to present the first issue of the new BAU KUNST ERFINDEN Magazine, edited by Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann.
Volume 01 will be released on June 15, 2014.

Bau Kunst Erfinden – Magazine – Vol. 01: "What materials will exist in a decade?" Thorsten Klooster, Heike Klussmann (Eds.),  Kassel University Press, ISBN: 978-3-86219-494-0 (print) / ISBN: 978-3-86219-495-7 (e-book)
Website Bau Kunst Erfinden
Website Kassel University Press

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June 9–11, 2014

BLINGCRETE AT NEOCON FAIR | CHICAGO
BlingCrete™ is se­lec­ted to be shown at the "Interiors Sources" – Materials Pavillon at this year´s NeoCon in Chicago, June 2014. NeoCon is North-America´s largest design exposition and conference for interiors, annually attended by over 40.000 architects and design professionals.

Location: The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Date: June 9–11, 2014, 10.00–18.00



May 5, 2014

"INTELLIGENTE OBERFLÄCHEN"
MERKUR ESSAY ON THE LOCAL RESOURCES NEW MATERIALS PROJECT
Within our project on Local Resources New Materials, author Claudia Basrawi investigated the smart surfaces of Oman. Read her essay in this month´s issue of MERKUR Zeitschrift für Europäisches Denken (German language only).

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March 27, 2014

"BETON BRUT BLUEBERRY" | HAUTE INNOVATION BERLIN
On the occasion of Haute Innovation´s evening lecture on Smart Environments, Thorsten Klooster will report about his research on novel concrete surfaces.

Location: Haute Innovation Circle, Fidicinstraße 13, Berlin
Date: March 27, 2014, 18.30–21.00



February 22, 2014

ARTE FUTUREMAG REPORTS ON TASK AND BUILDING ART INVENTION
The new ARTE programme FUTUREMAG reports on the concrete of the future. The show provides insights into novelties like BlingCrete, TouchCrete and DysCrete, developed by TASK, in collaboration with BUILDING ART INVENTION.

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January 23, 2014
"BETON" | ELEMENTE MATERIAL FORUM BERLIN
Within his talk entitled "Electrifying Concrete", Thorsten Klooster will give an insight to what has been and what will be the future of this material. The presentation is part of a series of talks on concrete at Elemente Material Forum Berlin.
Further information about the program.

Location: Elemente Material Forum, Am Tempelhofer Berg 6, 3. Aufgang EG, Berlin
Date: January 23, 2014, 6.30 pm



January 22–24, 2014

BLINGCRETE ON VIEW AT MATERIAL XPERIENCE ROTTERDAM
BlingCrete is featured by Materia, the global network in the area of innovative materials, in the context of this year´s edition of Material Xperience Rotterdam.
Rotterdam´s Ahoy convention center will provide the backdrop for this year´s show on new materials. The show’s dates are 22-24 January 2014. More information is
here.

Location: Ahoy Rotterdam
Date: January 22–24, 2014, 10.00–18.00



December 18–19, 2013

LAGO + MONFORTE – WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED CONCEPTS FOR OFFICE SPACE | MILAN
Thorsten Klooster is a guest critic and gives a lecture on novel material concepts to a course on advanced office spaces in Milan. The workshop, supported by LAGO, establishes the MONFORTE initiative UFFICIOMANIFESTO and will take place at the future Monforte office in Milan´s Via Alessandria.

Location: Future Monforte Office, Via Alessandria, 5, 20144 Milano
Date: December 18–19, 2013



November 26, 2013

BLINGCRETE IS PART OF CNBC
´S TOP 5
BlingCrete has been selected for the CNBC Top 5 list of Innovations in Building Materials.

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November 19–21, 2013

BLINGCRETE AT ABX INNOVATION PAVILLON | BOSTON
BlingCrete™ is se­lec­ted to be shown at the ABX In­no­va­ti­on Pa­vi­li­on – an ex­hi­bit of ap­pro­xi­ma­te­ly 30 new, cut­ting ed­ge, in­no­va­ti­ve buil­ding ma­te­rials. The Pa­vi­li­on is a ma­jor ex­hi­bit at ABX, Ar­chi­tec­tu­re Bos­ton Ex­po, the an­nual tra­de show and con­fe­ren­ce spon­so­red by the Bos­ton So­cie­ty of Ar­chi­tects in Bos­ton.

Location: Boston Convention Center
Date: November 19–23, 2013, 10.00–18.00



August 29, 2013

TASK IS POSED "THE BIG QUESTION" BY WIRED
Wired asks a selection of academics and business types for their thoughts on this month's big question: "What materials will we invent in the next decade?"
This is our answer to it.

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August 01, 2013

DYSCRETE IS PART OF "ZUKUNFT BAU"
The DysCrete- project is now funded by the Building Research Initiative (Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau) of the Federal Ministery for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The Research Initiative is a program for sustainable Applied Building Research. It aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the German building sector in the European internal market and to remove existing deficits particularly in the sector of technical, building cultural and organisational innovations.

DysCrete is a R&D project on a new solar active concrete being able to produce electricity.

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May 13–16, 2013

MATERIAL & NATURE | INTERZUM | COLOGNE

Blingcrete is part of the Material & Nature Area at the interzum 2013 trade fair in Cologne. The variety of design possibilities for surfaces, structures, veneers and natural materials is the focus of this section.

Location: koelnmesse | Cologne
Date: May 13–16, 2013, 9.00–18.00



April 11, 2013

"NEW PARALLEL WORLDS FOR A MACROWORLD BUMPING UP AGAINST ITS LIMITS."
We are happy to present the first issue of GRAFT – a new magazine-in-magazine on materials.
GRAFT is a magazine on materials written by lateral thinkers. By bridging information between researchers, producers and creative professionals Graft
Magazine encourages lateral thinking.
Each issue will be distributed locally with a cooperating magazine. Consistent with the idea of cross-disciplinary thinking this hosting media partner will differ with every new edition of GRAFT. Graft Magazine is a supplement on materials. The hosting magazine, the topic and the supporting partners compose the significance of GRAFT. The current issue "Graft on FRUIT" with contributions by Vasco Mourao, Martin Krammer, Maria Morais and Brazilian artist Marepe is presented in cooperation with Brownbook magazine. With FRUIT we discuss the impact of fruit and its components giving inspiration to diverse fields such as materials research, design and art. Find out how the multifunctional design of fruits vivifies new material developments. The topic FRUIT refers to the exhibition JUICE that is presenting a fresh selection of galleries, editors and designers during the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milano (Italy). JUICE will be the setting for the launch of “Fruit”, the juicy issue of Graft Magazine in GARAGE MILANO (MM1 P.ta Venezia). The show runs from April 11–14, 2013, 11.00am - 9.00pm.

Editors: Nicolas Bourquin, Thorsten Klooster, Andrea Wiegelmann, Michela Pelizzari and Federica Sala

Location: Garage Milano, Via Maiocchi 5/7 | Milano
Date: April 11, 2013, 18.00 (Opening and Launchevent), April 12–14, 2013, 11.00–21.00 (opening hours of JUICE)



March 13, 2013

ENERGY MATERIALS | AEDES | BERLIN

On the occasion of the TSB Technology Foundation Berlin´s event on "Energy Materials", Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster will report about their research on their novel photo active concrete DYSCRETE. The TSB Foundation focuses on strategy development, education, and science communication. It is inviting designers and architects to discuss about the latest developments on energy materials and technologies of energy production in Berlin and Brandenburg. The AEDES Network Campus Berlin sets the locations for presenting the latest research and for the encounter of arts and science. Participation in the event is free.

Location: Aedes Network Campus Berlin
Date: March 13, 2013, 18.00–21.00

For further information about the event please have a look at the TSB website (German language only).



February 5–7, 2013

FUTURE THINKING | SURFACE DESIGN SHOW | LONDON

Blingcrete is part of the Future Thinking Area at the London Surface Design Show. Future Thinking will highlight the thinking that goes into the development and selection of materials for architecture and design and is a hugely popular display of emerging materials and technology influencing the work of architects & designers.

Location: Business Design Center | London
Date: February 5–7, 2013, 11.00–20.00



January 31, 2013

"DYSCRETE" | ELEMENTE MATERIAL FORUM BERLIN
Within his talk about "DYSCRETE" Thorsten Klooster will give an insight to his research project on dye-sensitized solar cells and solar active concrete. The presentation is part of a series of talks on concrete at Elemente Material Forum Berlin.
Please find
here further information about the program.

Location: Elemente Material Forum, Am Tempelhofer Berg 6, 3. Aufgang EG, Berlin
Date: January 31, 2013, 18:30–21:00



January 15, 2013

HIGH-TECH MATERIALS IN CONSTRUCTION | MUNICH

Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann will give a lecture about their research work at the Hightech-Materialien am Bau Congress in Munich. This congress presented by the German Federal Ministery of Economics and Technology BMWi, the Federal Ministery of Education and Research, the German Centre for Innovation RKW and the VDI Technologiezentrum at the BAU 2013 in Munich examines strategies in high-tech for the construction industry. The event takes place on January 15 at the ICM Munich Forum.

For further information please also have a look at the RKW project website (German language only).

Location: BAU 2013 / ICM Munich Forum
Date: January 15, 2013



December 20, 2012
BUILDING ART INVENTION RECEIVES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
BUILDING ART INVENTION / BAU KUNST ERFINDEN wins the Hes­­sian High­­er Ed­u­­ca­­tion Award for Ex­cel­­lence in Teach­ing´s 1st prize. The prize pre­sen­t­ed by the Hes­­sian Min­istry of Sci­ence and Arts and the Her­tie Foun­­da­­tion will be award­ed with 125.000 Eu­­ro. It is there­­fore re­­gard­ed as the most im­­por­­tant award for teach­ing in Ger­­many.

Since 2009, Thorsten Klooster and artist Heike Klussmann have headed the R&D group Bau Kunst Erfinden at the University of Kassel, which is devoted to the experimental development of new material concepts and has been awarded several times. BKE brings together experts from the fields of visual art, architecture, interaction design, industrial design, experimental physics, and materials research, and is funded by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, among other institutions.

Location: Schloss Biebrich | Wiesbaden
Date: December 18, 2012, 5.00–7.00 pm



December 4, 2012

"NEW MATERIALS FOR ENERGY HARVESTING" | HESSEN NANOTECH CONFERENCE

On the occasion of Hessen Nanotech´s first event on new materials following the opening conference, Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster report about their research on DYSCRETE. DYSCRETE investigates the technical principles of dye-sensitized solar cell for the purpose of a novel photo active concrete. DYSCRETE is a concrete enabled to generating electricity out of solar energy.

Please find
here further information about the programme.

Location: ostpool° Gründer- und Kreativcampus Offenbach, Hermann-Steinhäuser-Straße 43-47, Offenbach.
Date: December 4, 2012, 4.30 pm – 8.00 pm



November 26, 2012
"CONCRETE SLEEPING BEAUTY" | CoReSing | FUTURE CITIES LABORATORIES CONFERENCE
You are warmly invited to attend the international FCL conference CONCRETE – SLEEPING BEAUTY on 26 November 2012 organized by the Chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel at ETH Zuerich/FCL Singapore together with TEC21 and espazium Switzerland as media partners. Five projects will introduce and initiate a discussion on the state of the art of a century-long unchanged material use. Can we think of new application and production methodologies? Can concrete heal itself? Can it produce power? Can concrete be computated? Are there organic reinforcement possibilities?

Five international researchers from different backgrounds will showcase their work. They aim to change the way we think about the most used building material on the globe today. The speakers will be Francois Roche of R&Sie (France and Thailand), Matthias Kohler of Gramazio/Kohler (Switzerland), Hendrik Jonkers of TU Delft (The Netherlands), Thorsten Klooster of Task Architects (Germany) and Dirk Hebel, ETHZ/FCL (Switzerland and Singapore). The event will be moderated by Stephen Cairns, Scientific Coordinator of FCL Singapore.

Read more about the
conference program, an abstract and a conference résumé.

Location: Future Cities Laboratories, CREATE Tower, 1 CREATE Way, Singapore
Date: November 26, 2012, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm



November 19, 2012

WORKSHOP: "NACHHALTIG PRODUZIEREN IN DER HAUPTSTADTREGION"
Workshop on sustainable production in the German capital region organized by Brandenburg´s Economic Development Board ZAB at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry IHK Potsdam with Thorsten Klooster as the presenter of the design panel.

Location: IHK Potsdam
Date: November 19, 2012, 9.00 am



November 15, 2012
"FUTURE MATERIALS" | ELEMENTE MATERIAL FORUM BERLIN
Within his talk about "Future Materials" Thorsten Klooster will give an insight to what has been and what will be the future of new materials. The presentation is part of a series of talks on smart materials at Elemente Material Forum Berlin.
Please find
here further information about the program.

Location: Elemente Material Forum, Am Tempelhofer Berg 6, 3. Aufgang EG, Berlin
Date: November 15, 2012, 6.30 pm



November 07, 2012
"SMART TEX" CONFERENCE | BERLIN
By invitation of the TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin, Thorsten Klooster gives a lecture on smart textiles and their application in architecture and design at the Platoon Kunsthalle.

Please find
here further information about the Smart Text Conference and the complementary program.

Location: Platoon Kunsthalle, Schönhauser Allee 9, Berlin
Date: November 7, 2012, 6.00 pm



August 25 –November 4, 2012
"ENERGY GENERATING PICTURES" ON VIEW AT HEIDELBERGER KUNSTVEREIN
The electricity producing images and sculptures of Heike Klussmann & Bau Kunst Erfinden are part of the exhibition >AMATEURISM< at the Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany. The work is based on the joint research project DIYSCrete of TASK and BKE on dye-sensitized solar cells and solar active concrete.

The Heidelberger Kunstverein presents AMATEURISM an international group exhibition with participation of fourteen artists. The exhibition examines the phenomenon of amateurism in contemporary art, in which artists go beyond the boundaries of existing categories, disciplines, and institutions, navigated by their curiosity. 

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May 3, 2012
ACADEMY OF ARTS, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN | PRAGUE
By invitation of Happy Materials Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann give a talk about their research work at Prague´s AAAD.

Location: AAAD (VŠUP) Prague
Date: May 2, 2012, 19, 10.00 am



May 2, 2012

ARCHA | BRATISLAVA
By invitation of Happy Materials Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann give a talk about their research work at Bratislava`s ARCHA Center for Contemporary Architecture and Design.

Location: ARCHA Bratislava
Date: May 3, 2012, 19, 3.00 pm



March 1, 2012

SMART INTERFAÇADES | THE ART OF PLANNING
Location: R+T 2012 / Messe Stuttgart / Room 2
Dates: January 18 – 19, 2011, Lecture on January, 19, 3.30 pm

Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann give a talk about their research work at this year´s R+T:

"On the third day of the fair, the new leading event for architects and planners celebrates its debut: ´The Art of Planning – Forum on architecture and integral planning´. International leading architects such as Dominique Perrault and numerous rising stars in the scene will present current façade trends, spectacular façade solutions and new façade technologies at the façade conference entitled `Smart Interfaçades` and will lead discussions with researchers and engineers on façades of the future. The façade conference will be organised by baunetz in co-operation with Messe Stuttgart."

For more details, visit the Art of Planning
website.
Further information also here (German language only).




February 10, 2012
BLINGCRETE RECEIVES IF MATERIAL DESIGN GOLD AWARD 2012
The Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) provided the backdrop for the presentation of the iF awards at BMW Welt in Munich, held on February10, 2012. BlingCrete received one of the coveted iF gold awards for highly innovative material development and outstanding design achievements. The winning entries of the internationally renowned design competition are also on show at the iF gold award exhibition at the BMW Museum (February 11-26, 2012) and will also be presented at the iF design exhibitions, including shows at the CeBIT (March 6-10, 2012), at Hamburg's Harbour City (second half of 2012) and in Haikou (Hainan Island/China, from May 2012 onwards)

More information about the iF gold award ceremony and exhibition:  
www.ifdesign.de
More information about BlingCrete - light reflecting concrete:  
www.blingcrete.com

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January 4, 2012

NEW BOOK: "KUNSTFORSCHUNG ALS ÄSTHETISCHE WISSENSCHAFT"
New publication on Artistic Research by Martin Tröndle and Julia Warmers (Ed.) with an essay on Materials Research as a transdisciplinary process by Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann.

"Art research, artistic research, art-based research or research through, with, about arts are currently popular terms. However, one can speculate about what exactly is meant here, especially when following the international discussion of these terms."

The publication »Kunstforschung als ästhetische Wissenschaft« is situated within this discussion. Art research as »aesthetic science« is conceived as a process that utilizes artists’ specific knowledge, working methods, and competence and applies them to other contexts outside of the art system. It is neither research about art that then lies in the field of science of art, nor is it research with art that genuinely characterizes artistic production. Central to the discussion are forms of sensual insight that are combined with scientific practices to generate new knowledge.

Martin Tröndle, Julia Warmers (Hg.): Kunstforschung als ästhetische Wissenschaft – Beiträge zur transdisziplinären Hybridisierung von Wissenschaft und Kunst. transcript 2011, 392 S., kart., zahlr. farb. Abb., ISBN 978-3-8376-1688-0

More information about the book
here.



September 16 – December 18, 2011

BLINGCRETE IS PART OF DMY ASIA EXHIBITION TOUR 2011
Kicking off in September, the 4th DMY Asia Exhibition tour will present innovative design objects and products at six different fairs and festivals in Asia. At invitation of Business of Design Week, we will showcase in Hongkong for the first time this year as well as celebrate the premiere of our exhibition in Beijing. We are especially looking forward to showcase at the Designtide Tokyo this year, to support our longterm partners and celebrate the anniversary year marking 150 years of friendship between Japan and Germany.
The stations of the tour include:

Taiwan Designers’ Week (Taipei/Taiwan), September 16 – 25, 2011
Beijing Design Week (Beijing/China), September 28 – October 3, 2011
Taipei World Design Expo, Taiwan, October 22 – 30, 2011
Designtide Tokyo (Tokyo/Japan), October 29 – November 3, 2011
Detour 2011 (Hong Kong/China), November 25 – December 11, 2011
UNESCO Creative Cities (Seoul/Korea)
, November 16 – December 09, 2011
Seoul Design Festival (Seoul/Korea), December 14 – 18, 2011



September 22 – 23, 2011
THINK:MATERIAL FEATURES BLINGCRETE AT IIDEX 2011

BlingCrete™ will be on display in the THINK:Material feature exhibit at IIDEX/NeoCon Toronto, Canada on September 22 and 23, 2011.
THINK:Material is an interactive exhibit curated by International Materials Consultant Jim Salazar, that showcases innovative materials from across the globe.
www.thinkmaterial.ca www.iidexneocon.com



May 20 – August 21, 2011

CONTROL – EXHIBITION AT BREGENZER KUNSTVEREIN
Exhibition design by Carsten Fock in cooperation with Task. Intervention into the exhibition space of Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein.

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May 24 – 26, 2011

BLINGCRETE RECEIVES DESIGN PLUS AWARD
BlingCrete™ has received the DesignPlus Award 2011 for very innovative materials by the German Design Council and is nominated for the German Design Award 2012. The Design Plus award honours excellent and especially innovative design. Biennial during the Material Vision fair the Design Plus designation is given to products developed and manufactured by involving innovative materials or processing techniques.

Exhibition and Design Plus Award for BlingCrete at Material Vision Frankfurt: 24 - 26 May 2011 
Heike Klussmann & Thorsten Klooster give a talk about BlingCrete: Wednesday 25 May, 10 am, Lecture Hall 4.1
Design Plus Award Ceremony: Wednesday 25 May 5.30 pm,  Hall 4.1 L25

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May 24 – 26, 2011

BLINGCRETE AT MATERIAL VISION
Material Vision – the trade fair revolving around the subject of materials for product development, design and architecture – is a platform for the professional dialogue between the materials industry and the creative sector.

"With a special joint stand, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi) is promoting the participation of young, innovative companies in Material Vision. The focus of this initiative is on small to medium-sized companies distinguished by new developments or significant improvements to products, processes and services, as well as their market launch. An interesting product to be presented at the joint stand is a new building material called
Bling Crete. This ‘reflex concrete’ combines the positive qualities of concrete, such as fire resistance and strength, with retro-reflection. Bling Crete is made by mixing light-reflecting micro-glass balls into a special concrete and can be used for buildings, road construction and even in interiors."
(Press release, Messe Frankfurt, February 3, 2011)

Material Vision will be held in Hall 4.1 of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 May. Further information about Material Vision and the complementary programme can be found on the internet at: www.material-vision.com.

Please also have a look at
Membranes Surfaces Boundaries and blingcrete.com



March 17 – July 10, 2011
FAÇADE : THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
Exhibition with works by Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann at the National Glass Centre NGC, Sunderland. Opening on Thursday, March 17, 2011,

"In architecture the façade of a building has always been a key design feature - defining the identity, or face, of a building. This exhibition will explore through artists’ and architects’ work, how facades can be used to both reveal and conceal – and often what, upon closer scrutiny, lies beneath the surface: the tension between appearance and reality.
One of the most striking architectural developments over the last 50 years has been the increasing presence of glass façades, which have become all but ubiquitous, at least in larger towns and cities, affecting both our environment and people’s lives. Firstly shops, then offices and more recently apartment blocks have been clad increasingly in ever greater expanses of glazing.
This exhibition explores some of the origins of this in the radical writings and architecture of the 1910s onwards, the subsequent development of glass technologies, and the range of its manifestations and effects since.
It also throws this seeming ‘triumph of transparency’ into relief, by contrasting it with its inverse: the blank, dark or broken/blind façade in architecture.
And reflecting contemporary developments, it will look at how new glazed-façade technology seems to metamorphose between the transparent and the opaque, hinting at a more ambiguous play between material surface and its depth - what lies beneath."




March 15 – March 28, 2011
TEFAF 2011 | LOUNGE FOR THE MAASTRICHT ART AND ANTIQUES FAIR
Lounge at Tefaf 2011, designed by Task, presenting works of Sigmar Polke from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

"Deutsche Bank is once again present at TEFAF in 2011 ... As it has been the case every year since 2005, Deutsche Bank´s VIP Lounge is dedicated to an artistic theme. 2011 stands under the sign of one of the most important protagonists of contemporary art: the `great alchimist`Sigmar Polke. As an homage to the artist, who died in the summer 2010, a selection of works from the bank collection is presented under the title Raster (Grid)."
(DB Art News 2011, Focus)

Team: Thorsten Klooster, Luzia Rux, Maria Morais.
Collaborators: Regarding Arts.

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January 19, 2011
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND BIONICS | HIGH-TECH FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Location: BAU 2011 / ICM Munich Forum / Room 2
Dates: January 18 – 19, 2011, Lecture on January, 19, 3.30 pm

Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann will give a lecture about their research work at the Nanotechnik und Bionik – HighTech in der Bauwirtschaft. This congress presented by the German Federal Ministery of Economics and Technology BMWi at the BAU 2011 in Munich examines strategies in high-tech for the construction industry. The event takes place on January 18 and 19, 2011 at the ICM Munich Forum. Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann will speak about "Bau Kunst Erfinden" on Wednesday, January 19, 3.30 pm.

"Innovative technologies such as nanotechnology and Bionics provide success promising approaches for developing high-tech innovations for the construction industry. The Federal Ministry of Economics and technology presents very interesting and successful examples from research and practice and the construction industry as high-tech branch." (BMWi press release)

For further information please also look at the RKW project website (German language) on Nanotechnology and Bionics.




December 15, 2010
BLINGCRETE IS PART OF MATERIAL REVOLUTION
In his new book Material Revolution – Sustainable Multi-Purpose Materials for Design, Sascha Peters is presenting new environmentally compatible materials and production methods, including Heike Klussmann´s and Thorsten Klooster´s BlingCrete – Light reflecting concrete as an example. Dr. Sascha Peters is a material consultant and chief executive officer of the firm haute innovation.




December 13, 2010
SMART SURFACES AT TU MÜNCHEN
By invitation of Prof. Dietrich Fink, Thorsten Klooster gives a lecture on smart surfaces at the Technische Universität München TUM. The lecture is part of this fall´s lecture course on Integrated Construction Design at the TUM Institute for Architectural Design and Building Technology.



December 11, 2010 – February 13, 2011

NEW FRANKFURT INTERNATIONALS: STORIES AND STAGES | CARSTEN FOCK AT MMK FRANKFURT
Opening on Friday, December 11, 2010, at MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt am Main.
Carsten Fock is presenting "Kosmos der Angst" within the group show "New Frankfurt Internationals". The exhibition is a cooperation between the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MMK Museum for Modern Art Frankfurt am Main and State Academy of Fine Arts Staedelschule. It runs until February 13, 2011. Exhibition Design of "Kosmos der Angst" by Task in collaboration with the artist
.

Project website



November 19, 2010

LAGO DIALOGHI | TALK ON SURFACE DESIGN
Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann give an interview on surface design at the new Lago Store in Vicenza. The presentation is part of Lago´s Design Conversations and is the second in the course of three events on contemporary perspectives in design, architecture and urban development during November. Further events are with Bernardo Secchi and Raul Pantaleo (Tam Associati).




November 11, 2010

SMARTSURFACES.NET – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY HANDS-ON THINK-TANK
Thorsten Klooster is a guest critic and gives a lecture to a course on Smart Surfaces at the University of Michigan´s Design Lab 1. DL1 is a gathering place, where the colleges of Engineering, Art & Design, Architecture and Urban Planning, Information, and Music all converge. SmartSurfaces.Net offers a collaborative, project-based learning experience in which artists, designers, architects and engineers come together to build physical systems and structural surfaces that have the capability to adapt to information and environmental conditions. The course will operate as a multidisciplinary, hands-on think-tank where participants will pool their knowledge and skills to work together to produce environmentally sound and socially responsible projects. The course is a collaborative endeavor led by the three professors Karl Daubmann, John Marshall and Max Shtein who will advise and contribute to all team projects.



October – November 2010
MEMBRANES SURFACES BOUNDARIES – CREATING INTERSTICES
Location: Aedes Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: October 8 – November 11, 2010
Opening: Friday, October 8, 2010, 6:30 pm
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 am to 6:30 pm, Sat/Sun 1pm - 5 pm

This exhibition presents works by artist
Heike Klussmann, architect Thorsten Klooster, designer and artist Susanna Hertrich, and designer Clemens Winkler. In projects and experiments, they demonstrate the reciprocal action between the theoretical and material manifestations of membranes, surfaces, and boundaries, and their transitional stages between everyday objects, technology and aesthetic production.

"...a small but very exciting group show being held in Berlin's Aedes gallery."
(Mathias Remmele,
Added value surfaces, www.stylepark.com, October 24, 2010).

The contributions for the exhibition correspond with the scientific positions of a workshop under the same title held by the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science from October 7-9, 2010, in Berlin-Dahlem. The workshop was organized by Mathias Grote, Laura Otis and Max Stadler. For more information please also look at the Aedes website and the project website.




October 4, 2010
VIVERE IL DESIGN A PADOVA | CREATIVE WORKSHOP
Thorsten Klooster is invited as a visiting critic to the SID Creative Workshop "Prodotto per la casa e la città" by Scuola Italiana Design. The workshop is part of this years Design Week in the city of Padua, lasting from October 2 - 10.

Location: Padiglione 8, Fiera di Padova.




September 24 - 25, 2010
ARTISTIC RESEARCH AS AESTHETIC SCIENCE? | PROJECT PRESENTATION OF "BLINGCRETE"
On the occasion of the workshop "Artistic Research as Aesthetic Science?" Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster will present their interdisciplinary project BlingCrete at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

The workshop is situated in the context of the art, science & business program of the academie and in cooperation with the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen.

Art research as »aesthetic science« is conceived as a process that utilizes artists’ specific knowledge, working methods, and competence and applies them to other contexts outside of the art system. It is neither research about art that then lies in the field of science of art, nor is it research with art that genuinely characterizes artistic production. Central to the discussion are forms of sensual insight that are combined with scientific practices to generate new knowledge.




September 16, 2010
MULTIFUNKTIONSBAUSTOFFE FÜR DESIGNER UND ARCHITEKTEN
On the occasion of Hessen Nanotech´s first symposium on new materials following the opening conference in June, Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster report at Atelier K10, University of Kassel, about their teamwork on BlingCrete. The symposium places emphasis on smart heavy building materials. It will start at 17:30.



June 24, 2010
SMARTE MATERIALENTWICKLUNG DURCH ARCHITEKTEN
Thorsten Klooster will give a lecture at Hessen Nanotech´s Opening Conference on new materials, "Vom Material zum marktfähigen Produkt" at the HfG Offenbach. The conference starts at 9:30. It will be followed by five further symposiums in the course of the next months, with next year´s Material Vision as the final event.



June 16, 2010
GOD MADE THE BULK, BUT...
By invitation of Prof. Frank Petzold, Thorsten Klooster gives a lecture at Technische Universität München TUM. The lecture is part of this summer´s lecture course on Computational Design at the TUM department. "God made the bulk, the devil invented the surface" qoutes Austrian physician Wolfgang Pauli, who is considered to be a pioneer of modern nanotechnologies.




March – May 2010
DIE WELT DARF SCHÖNER WERDEN | CARSTEN FOCK AT STEINLE CONTEMPORARY
Opening on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Steinle Contemporary, Munich. The exhibition runs until May 12, 2010.
Exhibition Design by Task in collaboration with the artist
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February 03, 2010, 18:30
FESTLEGEN DES NULLELEMENTS
Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster give a report on their joint working on BlingCrete as part of this winter´s DerDieDas lecture course at BTU Cottbus, where they had been teaching as assistant professors.




December 15, 2009, 13:00
SMART SURFACES
By invitation of InfAr, Thorsten Klooster gives an Open Lecture at Blauer Pool, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, on his new book.




December 2009 – February 2010
BACKPACK | CARSTEN FOCK AT MAGAZIN4 BREGENZER KUNSTVEREIN
Opening on Friday, December 4, 2009. The exhibition runs until February 21, 2010.
Exhibition Design by Task in collaboration with the artist.





December 2009 – February 2010
ART FORUM BERLIN 2009 | SEPTEMBER GALLERY
Stand designed by Artist Sandra Meisel, with Task as consulting architects.
Preview on September 23, 2009. The AFB will be opened until Sunday, September 27, 2010.
Awarded as best single stand of the art fair.




July 2, 2009
SMART SURFACES AND THEIR APPLICATION IN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Vernissage and panel discussion on the occasion of the publication of "Smart Surfaces", a Birkhäuser Basel book.

Panel discussion with Thorsten Klooster, Task Architekten, Berlin, Editor/ author of "Smart Surfaces"
Nicolas Bourquin, onlab, Berlin
Sebastian Finckh, J. Mayer H. Architekten, Berlin
Moderator:

Dr. Sascha Peters. at Modulor Haus in Berlin, Prinzenstraße 85, July 2, 2009, 18.30 Uhr.
Subsequently, Aperó and Lounge.

The event is supported by the Swiss Embassy in Germany.

Book sale by Buchhandlung Walther König, coordinated by Birkhäuser Basel.




October 2008
ART FORUM BERLIN 2008 | STAND FOR SEPTEMBER GALLERY
Stand designed by Task in collaboration with artist Ursula Döbereiner.
Preview on October 30, 2008. The AFB will be opened until Sunday, November 3, 2008.
Awarded as best single stand of the art fair.