How can we create meaningful experiences using technology to explore the very, very distant corners of the universe? How can speculative exploration of outer space provide new ways of understanding ourselves? In this four-week program, we'll journey to explore possible future scenarios, crafting artefacts destined to capture, manufacture, and re-enact human emotions in space.
/ 31 August - 27 September 2015
/ four weeks, full-time in Berlin, Germany
/ Based in ACUD Macht Neu Kunsthaus and FabLab Berlin facilities
/ Only 6-10 participants accepted
/ Deadline to apply: August 9
/ For pricing info, see FAQ
The aim for this program is to enable a hands-on approach and creative exploration of digital fabrication, electronics and sensors.
This program is part of an on-going investigation and research project by London-based artists Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina called Very, Very Far Away which is set to be realised in April 2016.
Fabricating Empathy will emphasise the learning and use of digital fabrication and processes to examine how technologically mediated interactions can produce emotional and empathetic responses and how they could be repurposed to experience distant and even fictional territories.
Instructors previous work:
Benefits and what you will learn:
- Work shown during London Design Week**
- Prototyping as iterative design and development process
- Design, development and fabrication of physical mechanisms
- Integration of multiple materials and media to create interactive objects
- CAD design for fabrication: use of Rhino to develop 3D models suitable for manufacture with 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser-cutters
- Digital fabrication tooling, e.g. 3D printing moulds, jigs, etc.
- Basic programming using Arduino - motors, steppers, servos, sensors, LED strips, etc.
- Use and integration of traditional manufacturing processes alongside new technologies in creation of new objects/components.
- Experience with different materials, e.g. plastics, metals, rubbers, timber, etc.
- Presentation and communication of ideas to a wide international audience in both London and Berlin
- Final exhibit in Berlin
**This program will culminate with a Berlin - London public livestream event where students will have the opportunity to showcase, demo, and discuss their projects, learnings and challenges met over the course of the program. Our partner team at SPACE Studios in London will imagine scenarios, contexts and worlds materialised through video and performances in their own two-day plugin workshop based on our work here in Berlin. The event will be an evening conference, as part of the London Design Festival. In addition, there will be a final exhibit of our work here in Berlin.
We offer a unique opportunity:
the freedom of being a beginner and the inspiration of great minds. Here we encourage you to indulge your curiosity, with the guidance of experts. We are looking for students who are willing to take advantage of this opportunity presented to them and jump into the unknown.
More specifically, for our Fabricating Empathy program we would love to find people exited about making. People who are ready to dream up new ideas of things yet unseen and who are ready to learn the skills to make these ideas come to life. Our topics are fabrication, empathy, and outer space, afterall. It's safe to say we encourage you to dream big!
Weekly Schedule Breakdown
I. Speculative design concepts, prototyping, beginning 3D modelling, training (laser cutter, 3D printing)
II. Developing design concepts, 3D modelling, beginning electronics / arduino / sensors, materials, training (CNC)
III. Continuation of week two, working towards final projects
IV. Development and fabrication of final protoypes, some prototypes taken to London, first livestream meeting about projects with Space Studios London, final show berlin, livestream show during London Design Week