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Fusion of two images: "Dyers scraping stenciled fabrics," figure 235, Hommel & Mercer, China at Work 1937, and "Indian indigo-dye worker," photo A. Mamidipudi, 2017.

Abt. III

Artifacts, Action, Knowledge

Direktorin Dagmar Schäfer

T +49 30 22667 151

Department III studies the history of knowledge and action considering the changing role of artifacts: texts, objects, and spaces. Our research collectively examines the processes and structures by which people grappled with the materiality of existence. Through the analysis of everyday actions, we interrogate the boundaries and intersections between the inner workings of objects and all domains of life. Together these approaches allow us to pursue inquiries into historical epistemologies of action. Our research structure has three entry points: artifacts (things), action (making), knowledge (work). 

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Veranstaltungen für Department III

Nachrichten & Presse

Artist in Residence Lucy Beech im Interview mit Berlin Art Link über Bürojobs als Inspiration für Kunst


Dagmar Schäfer zum Mitglied der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) berufen


Gastwissenschaftler_innen (Department III, Proteins and Fibers)