The Nervous System – TestLab Berlin

February 28, 2018

Fall 2017 Term 

Course Brief:

The project mobilizes The Nervous System as a relational, aesthetic and political concept. We envision The Nervous System as Mediatecture, as Baudelaire’s Flâneur: a shape-shifting mediation; where mediation is body, plasticity, craft. We think of The Nervous  System as a set of transient edges, impulses and withdrawals that shape a particular body, sociality or interdependency. We work with social mediation in real-time, where instant contact is instant displacement, where being here is being elsewhere. We expose our edges to the familiar and the unfamiliar, the local and the foreign; to what composes and decomposes our sense of self. We craft the relations, the tensions between opposites as nerves and affects that slip us into wonder. As a project, the Nervous System is an invitation to become somebody else (not necessarily human). We think the body as detachable, wearable, modifiable. We work with FabLab Berlin to craft the interactions that compose bodies as forms of desire, as mediations and impulses living and affecting a broader organism.

Faculty: Jenny Rodenhouse

Two of our upper term students; Jing Qiao and Yangyi Tai, participated in this study abroad program. Both have explored the project brief and put their own interpretation to their work.

Jing Qiao’s:


Yangyi Tai’s: