responsive spaces in the era of biomediality

May 2019 – April 2022

Austrian Science Fund (FWF) as part of PEEK 2018

Co-corporeality proposes new aesthetic and technological approaches for establishing interaction between a human and a living material in the creation of a responsive environment. The performative architecture that is created is able to interact, learn, grow and decay in relation to human presence and behaviour. Essential questions around, and reformulations of, the terms nature and ecology are probed with a focus on material systems and Artificial Intelligence. Co-corporeality aims to re-invent the built environment as living entity and change the way we understand, observe and communicate with the built space.

Research spans between free ranging speculation and applied research within the domains of microbiology, material studies, AI and performative architecture.

Co-Corporeality of Humans, Machines, & Microbes – BOOK publication – OPEN ACCESS

Funded by: FWF – Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Edited by: Barbara Imhof, Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme

In the series Edition Angewandte


Research institution  University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Project managers  Dr. Barbara Imhof, Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme

Core team  Waltraut Hoheneder (May 2019-September 2020), Damjan Minovski

Partners  University of Vienna, Department of Material Engineering (Prof. Alexander Bismarck, Andreas Mautner, Kathrin Weiland, Neptun Yousefi) / Austrian Institute of Artificial Intelligence (Prof. emerit. Robert Trappl, Martin Gasser) / University of Innsbruck, Microbiology (Prof. Heribert Insam, Dr. Judith Ascher-Jenull), University of Vienna, Microbial Ecology (Prof. David Berry)

Advisory board  Prof. Petra Gruber, Prof. Rachel Armstrong, Prof. Philip Beesley, Prof. Alexander Arteaga

Image credit: Zita Oberwalder 2022