Workshop Ablauf

preparation beforehand: 

I’ll ask the students to choose one of the elements which lie at the core of their research, to prepare a work space, to prepare 5 materials that relate to their research and that can be transformed quickly for prototyping.

workshop (4h):

The workshop will roll out in steps, with every step there is a new task (production – test/documentation – translation – presentation)

self-introduction+workshop intro(30min): 

– introduce yourself and your research in 2min: who are you, why are you fascinated by your research, which element did you choose and why, who is your target audience / who are you speaking to?

production (60min):

– Think of ways to translate an element of your research into objects that do something / can be interacted with (tools, spaces, machines, furniture, etc.). (15min, me checking in individually)
– Make three objects for your target audience. (what do you want the user to do or to feel? How do you want her to interact? What does it do?) condition – it must be materialised and have a function, be usable or interactive in some way. (15min per object)
– combine the materials you prepared. (You don’t have to use them all but at least 2 per object).
– go big, go rough, go quick. No time for details.

test + document (30min) : 

– no time for improvements – Make a video of 1 minute, or 3 videos of 20s that show how your objects can be used. (show what it is, how it works, what it does and how to use it / interact with it).

translate to present(15min): 

– now you have 15 minutes to get your presentation ready: give it a title, produce a visual/photo/video/drawing, add 2 descriptive sentences
upload your 1min video on a Google Drive
upload your title/visual/description on a Google Drive

present (15min): 

– 2 min per student (1min video + 1min title/visual/description)

reflect+formalise methodology (15min): 

– wrap up: formalise what happened and how to continue from here

possibility for individual talks (1h15min):

– 10min per student

This bench reacts to noise levels. If the maximum noise level is exceeded it will try to throw you off.

A experiment on trying to quickly fabricate an object out of leather scraps. In this case a small pouch formed after connecting two scraps of leather.

Plate made of cement and plastic.
Passive object.

These retractable walls separate angry and annoyed customers from the rest of the world. Thereby blocking noise, smell and visual imput.

This flexible spike strip protects biodiverse lawn from being mawn too often.

This is a throwable light switch. It turns off unneccesary lights permanently!

This is a piece of fabric, created out of random scrap pieces. The technique used, is inspired by fur sewing.

This table will deconstruct if you happen to drink alcohol on it. Time ran out when I was starting to build this. Consists of a wooden surface, a wooden trestle and a rope to deconstruct.

The interfering pen reminds and interferes during use.
Active object

This object is hiking staff and nectar station in one! Insects and hikers love it alike

I made a simple box out of steel and stone and wanted to heat it with a battery and a resistance wire.
The wire did not get hot enough, so I used a blowtorch.

A combination of fake fur and leather to emulate real fur. It’s Real Fake Fur!

I made a simple extruder out of an aluminum rod and a steel tube.
I could fill this with plastic, heat it in my oven and then extrude plastic out of it.

The Worry Stone is a stone without being a stone
Passive Object.

I made simple tools that allowed me to manipulate the plastic extrusion after it comes out of the extruder. That way I can give an extrusion a shape and turn it into an object.