The Constitute is a design and art studio in Berlin. Since 2012 Christian Zöllner and Sebastian Piatza have been working together on projects at the interface between media art, design, science fiction and research and in recent years they have been able to realize numerous self-initiated and commissioned projects. In addition to the active artistic and artistic practice, The Constitute is engaged in academic teaching and is increasingly active as an actor for digitization in crafts, art and society in rural areas.
Christian Zöllner * 1981 studied product design in Dresden and finished his diploma in 2007. During his studies, he worked in Vienna and Paris and, together with the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, developed tools for spatial drawing in virtual environments. From 2008 to 2014 he was teaching as an artistic assistant at the University of the Arts in Berlin in the field of experimental design. In addition to numerous publications, Christian Zöllner holds international lectures and workshops on design, design research, narrative design and rapid prototyping. Christian Zöllner is guest professor for design methods and experiment at the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle.
Sebastian Piatza * 1985 is also a graduate Industrial Designer and has completed his studies in 2012 with a Master of the Arts. As early as 2011, he began to deal with optical and visual phenomena in technology, art and design. With the portable Helmininstallation "EYEsect" he was able to make his results for the first time accessible to a larger audience. The project was made possible as part of the artist-in-residence scholarship of the city of Dresden and has been shown in Sao Paulo, Liverpool, Berlin and Dublin. He is currently studying interactive optical devices for museum applications.
Alexander Jentsch * 1985 is a graduate Industrial Designer and graduated in Dresden, Berlin and Havana 2015 with a work on Bluetooth tracking systems at the KH Weißensee, followed by a master trainee. His design deals with DIY, authorship and emergency. Since 2016, Alexander Jentsch has worked as a freelance designer with The Constitute at the interface Material and Code and Fabbing Culture. The project to 3D printing with ceramic masses is supervised and further developed by him.
Taking digital crafts to the next level: Since early 2016, The Constitute works on various experiments, examining the possibilities of clay and porcelain in contexts of additive technologies. During a field trip to Palestine in April 2016, the designers 3D scanned a multitude of vessels, jars and pots. These digitalized objects have been reworked with their originators, the local potters, to discover new possibilities of craft and technological augmented creation. Coming from this, the project evolved to many experiment levels. Currently The Constitute is Artist-in-Residence at the Kaiserliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, to bring in 3D printing technology to an industrial context. The Constitute will show results from an ongoing research process on ceramic 3D printing. The exhibition displays a broad overview to the different states of experiment and offers insight to the process itself. Beside the exhibition, there will be a work station, where a 3D printer ongoingly produces a range of ceramic objects.