School of machines, making & make–believe

How can we take agency over the seen and unseen landscapes that surround us?

  • / 6. May - 31. May 2019

  • / four weeks, full-time in Galway, Ireland

  • / Up to 18 participants accepted

  • / Based in National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway


Future Landscapes is intensive four-week program created in collaboration with the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and Galway 2020.

Compelling us all is an interest in creatively exploring vast landscapes in the physical world and of the mind while gaining an understanding of the potentials of augmented-, virtual-, and mixed reality through a myriad of critical, conceptual, and hands-on approaches.

Using technology to imagine unknown realities can inspire new ways of looking at the world. In designing new forms of interactive and tactile experiences, artistic creation and storytelling, what could we add or augment to our surroundings to develop new narratives about landscapes, be them physical, social, or mental, that permeate our lives? What forms of play and togetherness might we be able to create and sustain? Could thoughtful discourse on landscapes and realities empower us to making impactful change?

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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.

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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.

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