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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.

Dept. III

Artifacts, Action, Knowledge

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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Artist in Residence Lucy Beech interviewed by Berlin Art Link about her artistic take on office jobs


Dagmar Schäfer appointed as member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)


Dept. III seeks Visiting Scholars for “Proteins and Fibers" Working Group


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