Sience, art and design

How can science be inspired by art - and vice versa? What do researchers and artists have in common? How can they benefit from mutual dialogue? These are the questions being addressed by the Fraunhofer Network “Science, Art and Design”. Via a moderated structure, it seeks to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and the utilization of artistic methods for the discussion of complex social issues and the introduction of new perspectives into research processes.

Since October 2019, the Director of the Fraunhofer WKI, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, has been the Network's spokesman for the field of arts. His credo: “Artists and researchers are united by their imagination and their willingness to divert from well-trodden paths.”

Activities at the Fraunhofer WKI

 

Interview with
Sofia Souidi

In her project “Superwood”, product designer Sofia Souidi is addressing the topic of sustainable items of furniture for exhibition and trade-fair construction. The Fraunhofer WKI is providing her with support in material development and testing. In this interview, she talks about the origins of this project idea and the collaboration with the Fraunhofer WKI. 

 

Thinking Lignin Design

Many chemical products, such as paints, adhesives, plastics and synthetic fibers, are based on aromatic carbon compounds derived from crude oil, natural gas and coal. The vegetable raw material lignin presents a promising alternative and is created in huge quantities as a waste product within the paper industry. In cooperation with artists and designers we identify suitable application possibilities for lignin, develop prototypes and establish a communication strategy.

 

The Art of
Wood Research

Is this art or science? The permanent exhibition “The Art of Wood Research” at the Fraunhofer WKI presents selected images from research at the institute, which could also be displayed in an art gallery. Beneath the surface of renewable raw materials, images are concealed which tell astonishing stories.