Material design at HfG Offenbach

Material design at HfG Offenbach

Experimenting, questioning and research in an interdisciplinary context is becoming increasingly important - this is in particular true for art colleges. At the department Visualisation and Materialization of HfG Offenbach (Hochschule für Gestaltung), we are dealing with the possibilities of materialization, so many of the students' works are the result of the playful exploration of materials, material combinations, and their processing. This also includes unconventional ways of material applications. The understanding of materials, structures and systems, the technical, physical or chemical characteristics and the sense for sensory properties are at the foreground.

In the exhibition Building with Textiles five students of our department are participating, showing smaller versions of their projects as part of the material display.

Lilian Dedio presents Sound Textile which produces sound by means of interacting magnetic fields. A stitched metal thread is fed with electricity and receives an analogue audio signal. By holding the textile close to a strong magnet the textile sends mechanical vibrations into the air, making the sound audible.

Martin Pohlmann and Julian Schwarze, in collaboration with Prof. P. Eckart, HfG Offenbach, Evonik Industries AG developed Light Skin, an interactive skin that converts pressure and vibration from embedded silicone lenses into light. Touching the material activates an optical feedback.

Cho Joonyoun demonstrates the working of Electroactive polymers (EAP) in a video. Electroactive polymers change shape when voltage is applied. The video shows how electrical impulses cause the shape to change from geometric to biomorphic.

A environmentally friendly composite has been developed by Raffael Costa and Ricardo Ponce in collaboration with chemical company BASF and automaker Hyundai. The designers cultivated bio-films from cellulose-producing bacteria and combined them with natural fibres and a synthetic resin as a binding agent.

Dynamic Surface by Anna-Michèle Hamann is a laser-cut MDF surface connected to an underlying textile membrane. The wood fibre structure becomes increasingly filigreed, changing the interaction between the hard MDF and the supple textile.

For further information see:

Prof. Dr. Markus Holzbach