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CARBS – Concrete Kinetics | Digital Forum

Germany Architecture News - Feb 09, 2021 - 15:10   3689 views

CARBS – Concrete Kinetics | Digital Forum

CARBS is presented as a digital forum consisting of a series of three online events and including introductions from Matter Design, demonstrations from Cemex and discussions at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin. With Gabriele Brandstetter Professor of Theatre and Dance, Elke Buhr Chief Editor of Monopol,Roger Bundschuh Architect, Brandon Clifford Director and Co-founder of Matter Design, Lukas Feireiss Curator, Franka Marlene Foth Choreographer, Werner Frosch Henning Larsen Architects, Kaye Geipel Architecture Critic, Alicja Kwade Conceptual Artist, Rasa Weber Co-founder of They Feed Off Buildings, Matthias Wemhoff Archaeologist and Director at the Museum of Prehistory and Early History at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Davide Zampini Head of Cemex Global R&D and IP Management, Switzerland.

All events will be live-streamed and also be available as edited videos on the Aedes website from 16 February 2021.

4 February 2021, 4.30pm (CET)
12 February 2021, 6pm (CET)
26 February 2021, 6pm (CET)
Language: English
Live-Stream: Aedes-Facebook

CARBS – Concrete Kinetics is a choreographed demonstration of megalithic elements made from concrete. Although weighing between 400 and 1800 kg, the Massive Concrete Masonry Units (MCMUs) are designed to be manipulated by a single person – they sway and roll as they are walked around or joined together like a huge 3D jigsaw puzzle with very little energy. This megalithic process of construction aims to change the energy input from fossil fuels to carbohydrates (CARBS) as humans more intimately facilitate the construction process. Conceptualised, designed and developed by the Boston based firm Matter Design in collaboration with Cemex Global Research & Design (R&D), this poetic and experimental choreography explores the physical potential of human interaction with innovative concrete technology and ancient transportation methods of megalithic structures. CARBS is both a breath-taking demonstration and digital forum about the potentials of physically engaging with mass, material and movement. In a series of recordings the concrete units are presented in three phases: Scatter, Assemble and Split. Each phase includes a recorded demonstration and a discussion on creative research, sustainability, balance, performance and innovation. This online programme manifests the potentials of collaboration between industry and culture, between Matter Design, Cemex Global R&D and Aedes, and underlines the importance of experimental research and transdisciplinary partnership in innovation.

Phase I
Date: Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4.30pm (CET).
We recommend you to watch the Scatter performance prior to the discussion here.
Language: English
Live-Stream: Aedes Facebook

Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Davide Zampini, Head of Cemex Global R&D and IP Management, Switzerland
Brandon Clifford, Director and Co-founder of Matter Design, Boston

Franka Marlene Foth, Choreographer and Performance Curator, Berlin
Alicja Kwade, Conceptual Artist, Berlin
Roger Bundschuh, Architect, Berlin
Moderated by Lukas Feireiss, Curator, Writer and Educator, Berlin

Top image: Walking Assembly © Matter Design and Cemex Global R&D

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