Complex Complex - Understanding Understanding

B-MA-42, MA Media Design / WS 2022/23
Time: Mi 10:00 - 18:00 / Room: 2.10.100

The 21st century has shown that there is no simple thing. We live in a densely networked society running on a hard-to-grasp entangled physical reality enabling globe-spanning autonomous algorithms, machines, and highly interdependent economic systems embedded in an endangered nature that we have to understand as a matrix of interconnections between living entities and things. We are in the process of understanding and adapting to this new reality. This course focuses on different forms and modes of understanding, articulating, thinking, visualizing, and performing various states and dimensions of complexities. A focuses lies on alternative and experimental usages of technology and media. The class will be accompanied by workshops on relevant technologies and skills.


complexity, ecology, self-replicating machines, emergent systems/computing, self-organization, material computation,organic computing, computing the physical, artificial life, artificial extelligence, biomedia, robotics, cybernetics, visualizations, sonification

organisatorial information

The class consists of two “Special Topic in Digital Media/Media Design“ courses. You have to participate (and register through ARTIST) in both classes: Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00 and 14:00 - 18:00, earning you a total of 12 CP. It is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.

The first meeting is on the 19th of October in room 2.11.100.


In order to join the class, I ask you to write a short essay that expresses your interest in this class’s topic by the 18th of October 23:59 (CET). Please send it by mail to

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