MAST Challenge 2020 _ TU Graz: on Solidarity

Not only the new semester started, but also we started a new MAST Challange, giving the focus on solidarity.

"Lived solidarity needs open spaces of thinking and acting for a good development of a society. These are spaces beyond interests of economy and political interference like profit maximisation and party political restrictions and control. Lived solidarity needs open laboratories, fields for experiments and platforms of discussion. These spaces are providing a particular atmosphere of an open spirit according to interests of public weal. They are naturally created by humans. People use these spaces, they share them and they make them available for others. But we have to be aware that humans can also control and destroy these free spaces..."

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In|filtration _ Ein|sickerung

Course: 151.808 Space Experiments  25.5.2020 - 29.5.2020

Exhibition opening: 3.6.2020 at esc medien kunst labor

On 3 June 2020, the exhibition in|filtration _ Ein|sickerung will be inaugurated at esc media art lab in Graz, Austria. It carries further the workshop and Intensive Learning Event ILE that took place in April 2019 under the title Algorithmic Space Studies, a collaboration between MAST and Algorithms that Matter. A generative space and sound installation incorporating the movement of visitors is developed at scale 1:1, based on a design created during the workshop. The exhibition foregrounds the interrelation of AST, the human senses and spatial interference. It revolves around questions of boundary drawing and crossing, where persistent and inconspicuous infiltration through layers and membranes of seemingly separate actors and systems challenge and merge their identities.

Our upcoming courses - winter semester 2019

Our upcoming courses in the winter semester 2019 will deal with topics such as the re-compaction of remaining areas, the re-thinking of outdated building types or the relationship between material and mass. Furthermore, the students are offered the opportunity to experiment with different materials, techniques and light in different courses not only theoretically but also "hands-on".

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Spatial Lighting Design: From Technology to Spatial Perception


Light is one of the main components of architecture. The wide range of possibilities to draw attention to, accentuate or perfectly illuminate space with lighting is an important factor in the design process.

The Spatial Lighting Design university course imparts basic knowledge of the physical principles of light as well as the significance of psychological and physiological parameters of its perception, technical innovations and the basic rules of lighting design. In a practice-oriented module that builds upon this knowledge, participants receive instruction in how to plan and work with light in space.

Thanks to the interdisciplinary approach to light and the combination of theoretical input and practice exercises, university course graduates are capable of providing support with and developing architectural lighting solutions.

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9 writers, 9 plays, 9 artistic interpretations

On Thursday, June 13, the DRAMAWALKS will take place in cooperation with the Institute for Spatial Design/LightLab at the Old Campus of the Technical University Graz.

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Seminar on funitur and production

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The Faculty of Architecture of Graz University of Technology offers a unique seminar on furniture development and production throughout Europe. Under the motto "amm - funiture by architects", the students have to develop everything themselves right up to the prototype.

Tue., 21.5.2019

The New Material System?


The collection of materials at the Institute for Spatial Design of Graz University of Technology comprises a multitude of different (building) materials: A great design-supporting potential, which is currently slumbering in the drawers of a cupboard. This source of inspiration is made accessible to all architecture students through the newly implemented presentation form.

The New Material System is an asset to anyone who needs to optically and haptically select materials in the design process. The following applies: A colorful, open presentation of material samples arouses the joy of experimentation and stimulates a reflection of one's own sense of space. The prototype created a well-usable, adaptable presentation area that shows the extensive stock of material samples and allows for future expansion of the collection.

The new material system presents material samples in an aesthetically convincing way and is soon to link the patterns with in-depth information on the exhibited materials. Who is behind the design of the new material system? Design and construction emerged collectively. Together with the students Lukas Boss, Wulfric Clackson, Verena Doberig, Meriem El Atrous, Maike Gold, Ella Kantola, Zuzanna Kropsova, Theresa Littek, Tonia Ludwig, Franziska Maier, Hannah Melzer, Fabian Muß, Lea Zinnbauer, Stephan Zott developed Claudia Gerhäusser Institute of Interior Design the system. They received technical assistance from the workshops of the Institute for Design, Design and Financial Support of Würth and von Hechenblaickner.

Lecture Space Material Detail by Claudia Gerhäusser

Algorithmic Space Studies


The Subject Space Material Detail in cooperation with the EU Project MAST - Master in Media, Arts and Science

Understanding space is a basic precondition, not just for architecture, but also for our lived environment. According to this perspective, architecture is not just about buildings filling up space, but about the production of space.
Sciences can give us a helping hand to deal with questions around our lived environment, addressing relations and humans necessities for living in an increasingly complex world. The cultural anthropological question “How do we want to live together”, for example, is crucial to solve scientific problems and to foster development and innovation in technologies with a social consciousness. Art and creative industries can certainly help to answer the question.
Combining Art, Science and Technology in an experimental manner, allows us to use the unexpected and create something anew. The intermediate realm of AST focuses thus on solving problems of society by combining scientific method, technological advancement and artistic out-of-the-box thinking, it penetrates society, looking for solutions of a better living of the humankind.

Nayari Castillo-Rutz, MFA. | | Institute of Spatial Design TUG
Franziska Hederer, Dr.DI | Institute of Spatial Design TUG
David Pirrò, PhD | | Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics KUG
Hanns Holger Rutz, PhD | | Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics KUG
Jamilla Balint, Dipl.-Ing. | | Institut für Signalverarbeitung und Sprachkommunikation
Markus Metz | Georg Seeßlen
MAST Comittee |
in collaboration with Algorithms that Matter – FWF PEEK AR 403-GBL