In this collective text, we introduce the vision and work of the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and propose to explore the values of multimodal ethnographic projects, broadly construed.
In this project, we explore a mostly overlooked type of environmental issue, airborne waves, and explore how solar heat, environmental noise and electromagnetic fields ‘come to matter’ in contemporary urbanism.
We are delighted to announce the 2022/23 Lecture Series for the IfEE at Humboldt, planned in collaboration with the WAVEMATTERS ERC project.
On July 19th 2022, 14:30-16:00, the main results of the Studienprojekt’s ‘Ageing Cities’, coordinated by Tomás Criado, were presented in the IfEE’s Institutskolloquium (SoSe22). The presentation was delivered by the group of students who partook in the project: Maximilian Apel, Erman Dinc, Christine Maicher, Adam Petras, Doreen Sauer, and Anna Maria Schlotmann.
Now available: Video-summary of the two online events part of “The values of multimodal projects” workshop.
The ‘Sonnenallee Podcast’ project discusses urban negotiations of space and time in open-ended conversation formats with guest speakers: what affects condition the notion of public space in Sonnenallee?
A semester-based call inviting HU students at all levels – BA, MA and PhD – to apply for funding for multimodal projects addressing urban spaces, transformations and/or concerns.
Image: Ⓒ Rebecca Wall / Felix Marlow
Eröffnung der mobilen Forschungswerkstatt zur kooperativen Stadtentwicklung beim KO-Markt des Haus der Statistik am 14. Mai 2022
Image: Foto (Detail): © Labtek Apung
Der Inspirador for Possible Cities ist ein Projekt mit dem Ziel, nachhaltige Städte neu zu denken, indem es inspirierende Beispiele aus mehr als 32 Orten auf der gesamten Welt identifizierte und präsentierte.
In the accounts compiled in this book, ethnography occurs through processes of material and social interventions that turn the field into a site for epistemic collaboration.
In these cooperations, the involvement of civil society actors in decision-making processes and design processes goes beyond legally prescribed levels of participation.
Image: Stuttgart tramway tracks. Author: City of Stuttgart, Office for Environmental Protection
The project investigates the reconfiguration of urban spaces associated with microclimatic adaptation strategies.
This companion explores ANT as an intellectual practice, tracking its movements and engagements with a wide range of other academic and activist projects.
Workshop, November 25-27, 2021
More than 30 anthropologists from DACH institutions met over two days to discuss the anthropological promises as well as challenges of different multimodal formats.
In this Studienprojekt, we would like to learn to practice ethnography paying attention to the specific urban dimensions of ageing and ageing in cities.
More-than-human approaches in urban anthropology have convincingly contributed to rethinking the plurality of modes of knowledge, the assemblages and the kinds of actors that constitute our cities. But what do these conceptual interventions do to our ethnographic modes of inquiry?
The talk focused on the environmental issue of airbone waves, and explore how solar heat and environmental noise ‘come to matter’ in contemporary urbanism.
Image by Vasylysa Shchogoleva
House of Gossip is an open-source downloadable game that stages and creates the grounds for reflection on conflicts regarding housing and the different viewpoints in a volatile real estate market.
4- 6 players /// Age ~10 – ∞ /// ca. 60 min.
What if in the face of very serious topics we developed conceptual, speculative and material tools, such as games, to find ways of intervening as ethnographers, social scientists or as activists in current design dynamics?
Image: Eroeffnung of Haus der Materialisierung, © Raquel Gomez
The project “Trash Games: Playing with the Circular Economy Transition at the HdM” brings together the Chair of Circular Economy and Recycling Technologies (Technische Universität Berlin) and the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) to develop and explore games and game design as formats of
Image Credit: Arquitectura Expandida / Ana López Ortego, Candela Morado, Camilo Pinto (AKA Casi Nadie)
“I discovered an interesting thing: it turns out that an intervention, which seems as simple as writing, taking notes, or preparing a report, can change the world.“ – Alvaryan Maulana
Our Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology‘s explorations around urban games feature at the exhibition „Open Form neu Denken“ organized by Z/KU at the Werkstatt of Haus der Statistik.
What if the city was not a world in itself, but an interface to multiple, overlapping, often invisible and conflicting worldings?
Wie wird die Figur des ‚Anthropos‘ in Zeiten des Anthropozäns problematisiert, hybridisiert und dezentriert, und welche Konsequenzen hat dies für die Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie?
In diesem Seminar widmen wir uns stadtanthropologischen Studien, die von STS- und ANT-Ansätzen inspiriert wurden und bringen sie konzeptionell zusammen.
On the one hand, contemporary strands of social and cultural theory – especially in the field of science and technology studies (STS), but also in anthropology – have made design much more than a mere research object. On the other hand, design disciplines have incorporated not only social research methods and ethnography, but also the
Hackathon for the production of three ethnographic games, as part of the MA in ethnography (HU Berlin)’s Studienprojekt “The only game in town? Anthropology and the housing and real estate markets in Berlin”
A cosmopolitical approach to the city focuses on the multiple assemblages of human and nonhuman actors that constitute urban common worlds, and on the conflicts and compromises that arise among different ways of assembling the city.
We engage in particular its provocative diagnosis of the current situation: power no longer resides in the modern institutions of representative democracy and the market economy; instead, power has become a matter of logistics, infrastructures and expertise. This diagnosis, we suggest, brings into view the challenge of technical democracy, that is, the democratization of techno-scientific
Studio Studies is an agenda setting volume that presents a set of empirical case studies that explore and examine the studio as a key setting for aesthetic and material production.
Special Issue edited with by Ignacio Farías, Israel Rodríguez und David Rojas Journal of political theory Pléyade, Number 14, December 2014
This book takes it as a given that the city is made of multiple partially localized assemblages built of heterogeneous networks, spaces, and practices.