School of machines, making & make–believe

How can objects take on intelligences of their own? How can these intelligent objects in turn be used to create and critique how the future will be?

  • / UPDATED 1. April - 26. April 2019

  • / Four weeks, full-time in Shanghai/Shenzhen, China

  • / Special two-week option available

  • / Up to 10-15 participants accepted

  • / Program held in English

  • / With support from Seeed in Shenzhen

Made In China is an intensive four-week program led by artists and creative technologists from London-based VVFA and Automato Farm based in Shanghai, China.

The aim of this program is to enable a hands-on creative exploration of digital fabrication and Internet-of-Things connected devices, while gaining deeper insight into China's cultural surroundings from an inside perspective. What are the implications of a society that can manufacture any new product on demand? What can we learn from such an approach to society and to life?

Throughout the workshop we will explore critical and speculative design processes, enabling us to develop narratives, and tangible, accessible artefacts, experiences and environments with which to communicate and engage wider audiences with new possible futures.

Note: This program will be taking place in two cities. The first two weeks will be in Shanghai, China, while the third and fourth weeks of the program will take place in Shenzhen, China. This is in order to utilise Seeed fabrication facilities located in Shenzhen.


We've run programs thus far on responsive spaces, physical computing, social activism, connecting human emotions and outerspace, facts and fictions in the age of data visualisation, connected devices, design fiction, computer vision, machine learning for artists, virtual reality, 360 filmmaking and more. Click below to have a look at our previous offerings.