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"Hacking public space" - Open Set Summer School 2015

Popkalab was invited to facilitate a workshop for graphic designers students as part of the Open Set Summer School here in Rotterdam. Open Set is a two-week intensive series of workshops, lectures and studio visits emphasizing on the interaction between noted Dutch and International graphic designers and artists. The theme of this year was "Designing Experience: moment, Stage, Memory". 

We developed a special one day workshop  inspired by tactical urbanism and urban guerrilla strategies. The workshop happened at V2 - Institute of Unstable Media. We started with a presentation of projects that challenge the use of public space. After being inspired, the participants had to use sound and interaction  to create new ways to experience the city and change our relation with it.

They formed groups and worked collaboratively to create pieces using the Audio FX Sound Board from Adafruit and speakers. The sound should be trigger using a switch button made with Aluminium foil. 

The outcome was very interesting and was great to see the students stepping out of their comfort zone and experimenting with new techniques and technologies. Despite of the short time they could develop working prototypes with strong concepts. 

One group created a blanket with embedded soft buttons that, when pressed, broadcast sound of nature. The idea was to create a device that brings nature closer to us by recreating its sounds in another context.

The second group was inspired by the trees in Rotterdam and created a piece where you seat in a interactive pillow next to a tree and start listening the sound of they imagined conversation. 

The third group created an urban intervention by covering part of the street floor  with an "invisible" switch. When someone step on it sounds of wild animals played on the speakers, surprising the pedestrians. 



INDITEX Creative Sessions UK

This time we went to London to give a talk followed by a workshop as part of the INDITEX Creative Sessions. We talked with the participants about the potentials and trends in fashionable technology. We also introduced some conductive threads, yarns,  smart materials, electronics and techniques used to develop smart clothing.  After this conversation we designed a light embroidered circuit.  



INDITEX Creative Sessions Paris

POPKALAB was invited to give an inspirational talk followed by a practical workshop to fashion students from french schools. For this session in Paris we prepared a presentation of trends in fashionable technology and smart materials. After getting to know a bit more about this exciting field the participants made an electronic circuit with leds and conductive thread. Fun!

POPKALAB team: Ricardo O'Nascimento and Emilie Giles.



Wearable technology Workshop at University of Antwerp

During last week we had a workshop at the University of Antwerp to introduce to the product design students a bit of the wearable technology world. We used a  microcontroler, leds and conductive material to create wearable experiences and concepts.

More info about this and other workshops  at:

Bellow you can check some student's concepts:

"Airpaint glove" by  Louis Peys,   Mick Truyts,   Jeroom Placke and   Billie Demoor.

"Airpaint glove" by Louis Peys, Mick Truyts, Jeroom Placke and Billie Demoor.

Concept for a wearable that teaches CPR.  The colour of the light indicates if the pressure is correct.

And here an interview I did during the event ;-)