The blind spots of models/SGD/WF

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The seminar is aimed at students with an interest in playful forms of design and theoretical discourse. It deals with model visualizations in the context of the Helmholtz future project 'Energy System 2050'. How can we visually communicate complex socio-technical systems to a diverse public so that they are understood and supported in their fundamental meaning? The scientifically constituted models have 'blind spots' throughout, because content, perceptions, and meanings are ignored, misunderstood, forgotten, or even deliberately suppressed in the highly specialized modelling. The project is based on the thesis that the encounter of disciplinary model cultures opens up opportunities to uncover the blind spots. This is where architecture professionals with their specific methods of thinking/working can contribute to the creative interpretation and narrative condensation of complex issues. In the opposition of their playful, fuzzy, searching design practices to the strictly codified, highly precise forms of rigid scientific modelling, the basic material for the intended discourse is created.

At the beginning, typical strategies of associative (re)programming, shaping, selection, collage of materials and fragments of things are practiced and programmatically developed in series of model sketches. Their specific aesthetics through materiality, through staging, through blurring, and their impact on the viewer are received and analyzed in discourse and, in the context of the workshop at the ZKM, are contrasted with the model reflections of the other disciplines and discussed further.

Supervisors: Tobias Becker Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz