julian adenauer

Summing Up Retune Conference 2012

Posted on January 4th, 2013

The old year ended with some good news: The final calculation revealed that we earned enough money with the conference to pay all the speakers a share of 100€ for their engagement. Since we want to communicate the whole financial part very openly, here is the summary of our financial report:

space, infrastructure & materials: 4,277.24€
travel expenses speakers: 2,541.11€
speaker royalties: 2,300.00€
TOTAL: 9,118.35€

ticket sales & sponsoring: 9,201.60€
TOTAL: 9,201.60€

That leaves us with a plus of 83.25€. We’re very happy that this all turned out so well.

For the next year though, we won’t be able to afford putting that much unpaid time into organizing the conference (about 1.5 months for Stefan and me). This puts us in the situation that we need to change some aspects of the conference’s concept to make it profitable enough to get ourselves paid at least a bit.

Some of our ideas are:

  • Accompanying the the conference with a Maker Faire
  • New ticket-structure: Since we want to keep Retune an inclusive and diverse event, we don’t want to raise the normal ticket prices. So, our idea was to introduce “Professional Tickets” for people from agencies and companies. Just like Node Festival distinguishes between Fans (Non profit artists, student etc) and Companies (commercial deployment of the collected knowledge).
  • More workshops to generate more obvious value to professional visitors
  • We want to grow. Not too much, since we really love the friendly and personal atmosphere, but we need to attract more people from diverse fields such as Arts, Science, Design, Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction / Interaction Design and also Making and DIY.

What do you think? What are your ideas and suggestions? We really appreciate your feedback (info@retune.de or on Facebook or Twitter)

We’d love to make a Retune 2013 but we have to put this on some financially more solid feet to make this happen.

Meanwhile might not want to plan anything on the weekend from 27. – 29.09.2013…

Ah, and here are some Photos from the conference.

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Prototyping panel and book presentation

Posted on November 21st, 2012

On Thursday, 22.11.2012, on the occasion of the publishing of our book Prototype! we host a panel discussion about prototyping at the pro qm bookstore in Berlin-Mitte. We will discuss how we use and experience prototypes in our daily work, about the challenges that come with designing “hands-on” and about the interleaved development with intellectual and manual competences.

On the panel will be:
Prof. Steffi Husslein, Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Interaction Design
Prof. Carola Zwick, studio 7.5, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
Christian Zöllner, vr/urban, UdK Berlin
Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat, Editor, HTW Dresden
Julian Adenauer, Editor, Sonice Development

Here is also a short promo-film for the book:

Prototype! Panel
pro qm, Almstadtstraße 48-50, 10119 Berlin
22.11.2012, 20:30
Free entrance

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Retune Conference 2012

Posted on September 7th, 2012

Together with Stefan Canditt from Formulor, I am organizing this year’s Retune Conference that will take place from 26.–28. October 2012 in Berlin. Retune is a platform for people who use technology in new creative ways to make their ideas reality. People who passionately try out things and think openly. People who breakup old contexts and recombine them. With Retune we’re aiming at bringing together artists, hackers, designers, engineers, scientists and tinkerers from all over the world for inspiration and exchange.

We have some amazing speakers and more will be announced soon. The Early Bird Tickets are sold out already, so better get your ticket fast!

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“Prototype!” is out now

Posted on August 5th, 2012

I am very happy to announce that the book Jörg Petruschat and I have been working on for the last two years is finally finished. The full title is “Prototype! physical, virtual, hybrid, smart – tackling new challenges in design and engineering” and it was published by form+zweck.

How the publisher describes it:

Das Buch ist eine einmalige Zusammenstellung von Positionen zu avancierten Formen des Prototypings. Akteure aus international führenden Labs, Designagenturen, Wissenschaftszentren sowie aus Open Source Kontexten diskutieren und bewerten vor dem Hintergrund ihrer Erfahrungen in Gesprächen, Statements, Aufsätzen aktuelles Prototyping als Entwurfsmedium und Entwurfssprache.

Es ist ein Buch für Designer und Ingenieure, für Designmanager, Produktmanager und Projektleiter zur heute zentralen Stellung von Prototypen in frühen Phasen der Erzeugnis- und Wissensentwicklung.

Es ist aber auch ein Buch für Soziologen, Philosophen und Kulturwissenschaftler, die gern wissen möchten, wie das mit der Kreativität denn nun in der handgreiflichen Wirklichkeit analoger und digitaler Materialien funktioniert.

Und natürlich ist es ein Buch für alle, die als Prototyper bereits am Werk sind und Interesse haben an dem, was die anderen denken und zu sagen wissen zu dieser wunderbaren Art, in der direkten Arbeit an den Dingen selbst Erkenntnis und Einsicht zu gewinnen.

It can be ordered on the website of form+zweck. In Berlin you can also get it at the bookshops pro-qm (Almstadtstr. 48-50, Berlin Mitte) and Walther König (Burgstraße 27, Berlin Mitte).



Julian Adenauer is an artist, technologist and creative engineer based in Berlin. He's one half of the artist/inventor duo Sonice Development. In 2012 he co-founded the retune - creative technology conference and since 2013 he is the main organizer and curator of this annual event.

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