This exhibition is divided into eight chapters which recount the story of learning with, about and through materials: in science, at school, in commerce, crafts and at home, in novels and films, in the archive and on the Internet. Its focal point is an “object lesson box”. This small box, which contains over a hundred materials, was developed as a teaching aid in the nineteenth century.
From tree books, crushed slag, mussel silk, hares’ scuts, cork stoppers, cloud leather and bioplastics, and from early DIY manuals to the digital materials archive, the exhibition shows that material literacy has always been relevant, why it was forgotten and what it may look like in the future.
An exhibition by the Werkbund Archive – Museum der Dinge, Berlin.
Curators: Ann-Sophie Lehmann (University of Groningen) & Imke Volkers (Museum der Dinge, Berlin)