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The notion that the things around us are passive is a grave error: substances conceal inner powers and can interact – with each other and with the environment.

In our exploitation of them, however, this potential for interaction has so far been ignored or forcibly suppressed. This is one of the fundamental causes of our current ecological crisis, calling for a complete revolution in the way we think about the relationship between technology and nature.

To this end, the Matters of Activity cluster of excellence is using a holistic approach to pursue a new materials culture. Based on the collaboration of all the disciplines, the goal is no longer finding partial solutions, but rather exploring the question: Do we humans still have a future?

Volker Wieprecht


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