GRL Germany at Vigo Transforma

We’ve just returned, well tanned (well, burnt in one case), from Vigo, Spain, where we were fortunate enough to be invited to do two installations of blitzTag and LED Throwies at the Vigo Transforma Festival.

Bauhaus Workshops: Learning, then Sharing

Over the last few months, it has been our great joy and privilege to work with the Students of Bauhaus University on the Schlaue Materialien course.

Our objectives were to engage the students in action processes, and open design principles.

We did this by creating space and context for them to discover and explore their interests and help them discover the seeds of inspiration that could lead to further projects, ideas and collaborations. We engaged them in 3 Workshops - the 4th to be created by them, will be a MakerLab at the Rundgang.

These workshops were:

Starch Plastic Lab
The students were encouraged to explore what could be done and created with a simple starch plastic recipe, to experiment, create and learn from one another.

Sensors Workshop
Visiting a recycling center to gather old electronic components, learning how to identify and use sensors, and a crash course in Arduino.

Hackerthon
A 48 Hour Hacker Marathon, in which students collaborated in teams to create ideas of their own choosing. Fueled by Club Mate, Coffee Beer and Creative Energy. The outcomes from the hackerthon can be seen below. As this is a part of the process, not the end, we look forward to seeing how the students take these projects forward.

Team Textile Playground

Team textile playground, started out as team tent. Their objectives was to develop a tent that would teach kids about electronics through play and encourage them to engage.

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One of the most exciting developments for me was Evelyn's self made headphones building on the work of the MIT . This is a prime example of one of the points we were hoping to make about Open Design, and Open Processes. Taking an idea, playing with it, and producing something radically new. Evelyn I encourage you to make a video (in english) on how to do this also, you will be sure to get some (much deserved) attention.

Details of how to make Karen's luminous beach can be found here, and gives you insights on how to work with sensors, create watertight bags, and use cornstarch to great effect.

I hope to put the other instructions here as they arrive *coughs loudly in a blatant hint to students*. [Note to students -There is no set format, just make your instructions clear].

Team Scarf

Team Scarf started with the premise of designing scarfs that would respond to and interact with their external environments.

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Team Guerilla Recycling

Team Guerilla Recyling started with the idea to hack some scales to engage the person being weighed in a different way.

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Team Lifecycle

Team Lifecycle wanted to explore products which lived and died.

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Team Lifecycle's documentation can be found here, there is some provocative stuff here I feel that warrants further exploration.

Team Colour Sensor

Team Colour Sensor wanted to make a Device that would convert colour to sound.

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Reflecting on the process

The more defined the objective the more defined the outcome - this is evidenced in the projects themselves.

Storytelling and Energy - Storytelling and reflection should in fact be an additional part of the process. There should be a break in between for reflection, and a workshop on how to tell stories and present. Energy levels were low because students had very little sleep.

There is more reflection to be documented, but if I try and get it all in, this wont ever get out. Release early, release often. Keep watching for updates.

The final part of the process will be a MakerLab run by the students to share what they learned with the public. Completing the loop, and starting other people on the path of exploration.

MakerLab //// Fusion Festival 2011        ...





















MakerLab //// Fusion Festival 2011         www.makerlab.info

This year’s Fusion the Lovely MakerLab people got together and rocked the Workshop hangar with lots of great workshops!

Trial&Error Upcycled advertisement banner, inner bike tubes and bottle tops into…….

Bottle-Top-Banner-Bags [pfandtasche] —- A useful bag and when you cut of the top of a Pfandflasche you can still get your money back!   

Other workshops were: DIY SYNTH & CIRCUIT BENDING, DIY-VJ WORKSHOP, DIY DUBPLATE MASTERING

more images can be found —- www.flickr.com/groups/1682777@N25/pool

The Maker- Lab Fusion 2011 was co-created by: Bausteln, Facade printer, Open Design City Pfadfinderei, The Anxious Prop, Trial-Error, Vr Urban, and We Creative People

and….

NEXT [Pfandtasche] WORKSHOP:

23rd of July 13:00 - 16:00  » Neurotitan Gallery ///  www.neurotitan.de


KREUZBERG 36 CHAIR-ITY WORKSHOP

Kreuzberg 36 Chair

Mit Le Van Bo (Hartz IV Möbel).

Kurs für Anfänger mit zwei linken Händen.

Kursgebühr: 64 Euro (0 Euro für Hartz IV Wohnung-Supporter, Hartzis und startnext-Supporter)

Material: 36 Euro (Buche Leimholz, Pappel Sperrholz, FSC Zertifikat), ohne Lackfarbe

Der Kreuzberger Architekt Le Van Bo baut mit Dir den Kreuzberger Küchenstuhl, damit das Kreuzberger Kreativlabor Open Design City auf die Beine kommt: Das ist, was wir unter CHAIR-ity verstehen.

Der Erlös kommt der Open Design City, um den Erhalt und den Aufbau der Werkstatt zu fördern.

Bau Dir Deinen eigenen Kreuzberger Küchenstuhl (Entwurf Le Van Bo). Der Kreuzberg 36 Chairl wurde für das Kreuzberger Theaterhaus HAU entworfen und wurde bereits vom Goethe Institut in China (Taiwan Design Expo) ausgestellt. Das Möbel eint viele Klassiker der Moderne, u.a. Jean Prouvé, Egon Eiermann und den Frankfurter Küchenstuhl.

Ein Ticket gilt für das Material für EINEN Stuhl.

Was in diesem Kurs vermittelt wird:

• Umgang mit Japansäge

• Mini-Crashkurs Holz als Baustoff

• Biegetechnik mit Schraubzwingen

• Holzdübelung

Workshop-Zeiten:

Freitag, 29. Juli 2011 16-20 Uhr (Vortrag "7 Stühle, die die Welt veränderten", Biegetechnik, Formsägen)

Samstag, 30. Juli 2011 10-17 Uhr (Dübelungen, Schleifen)

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2011 10-17 Uhr (Verleimen mit Schraubzwingen)

18 Uhr Guerilla Lounging (freiwillig) in Kreuzberg


Mehr Infos zum Kreuzberg 36 Chair hier:

www.hartzivmoebel.de

Hinweis: Die Teilnehmer erklären sich bereit, dass der Workshop dokumentiert wird und im Internet/Fernsehen ausgestrahlt wird.

Book your ticket here

 

Presentation and Discussion: Michel Bauwens

Foto: Michael Bauwens

Ladies and Gentlemen, this Saturday we have a last minute special treat for you. Michel Bauwens has kindly agreed to do a spontaneous presentation at ODC followed by an open discussion.

Michel is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property, and a prominent thinker and blogger around technology, peer to peer production and alternative economic models. You can catch him in the Future of Money Video below.

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We hope you can make it for what should be an interesting presentation and lively discussion.

Michel will be asking for a donation after his presentation.

The event will take place on Saturday 2nd at 18.00, for those of you unfamiliar with ODC I will give a small tour at 17.30

 

 

 

GRL Germany on the road

Hey there! Four members of GRL Germany are currently residing in Vigo, Spain. We are invited here by the Festival Vigo Transforma to create a 1000 LED Throwie intervention and present blitzTag on Friday und Saturday evening. We arrived yesterday. Here some pics to illustrate our trip:

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searching walls
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boarding at HHN

Best of… screenshots.

We present a selection of the best tags and drawings form blitzTag over the past few weeks.

These are saved directly out of the program… note we are still dealing with some small inconsistencies with our GML exporting, but we will release/upload the accompanying files soon…

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Light Rider + blitzTag Night #2

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our second action with the Light Rider last Friday. We were very happy to see already a small crowd of around 20 people waiting for us when we got to the meeting point by Reuterstr. Here a few pictures:

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Our next events along Karl-Marx-Straße in Berlin-Neukölln will happen on the 15th and 22nd of July! Meeting point and time will be announced shortly before.

In the meantime we are still inviting everybody who likes our project to support us with a donation on our crowd funding site www.startnext.de/light-rider Thank you for spreading the word and stay tuned!

Energy Street Fighter: Jetzt geht's los!

A bit less than a year ago, we did a enable session for the Energy Street Fighter project. For us was a very good opportunity because was the inspiration for the working model that we have been developing since then. Now we are very happy to see that it has become a reallity, and we are very exited to see what are the results of such a ventures.
Join the fight, Samstag 25th June 2011: Stargarder Strasse,  Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

Energy Streetfight: Eine Strasse, zwei Seiten, ein Streetfight.

Die Revolution ist zurück in den Straßen Berlins - aber anders als 1848 oder 1989 geht es dieses Mal nicht um politische Kämpfe sondern den Einsatz für die Umwelt. Energy Streetfight – ein transformatives Strassenspiel von vicventures – ruft Berliner dazu auf, in einem achtwöchigen Spiel ihre Straßenseite zu verteidigen.

Das Auftaktspiel beginnt am 25.06.2011 und wird über einen Zeitraum von 8 Wochen in der Stargarder Strasse im Prenzlauer Berg gespielt.

Die Bewohner jedes Hauses versuchen gemeinsam ihren Stromverbrauch so niedrig wie möglich zu halten um ihrer Strassenseite in der Piratenspielewelt von Energy Streetfight zum Sieg zu verhelfen.

Jeden Sonntag werden die Messdaten der Stromzähler an einer Spielestation in der Straße abgegeben. Ein autarkes, mit Solarenergie betriebenes, Touchpad steht zu diesem Zweck und zur Abgabe der Spielentscheidungen zur Verfügung. Die Mitspieler können sich neben Tipps und Ideen zum Stromsparen über diese zentrale Anlaufstelle auch Nachrichten zukommen lassen und Strategien ausarbeiten, um die gesparte Energie in den Triumph über die andere Strassenseite zu verwandeln.

Ziel des Projektes ist es, die für die Entwicklung einer nachhaltigen Lebenskunst für das 21. Jahrunhunderts notwendigen Gewohnheiten spielerisch auszuprobieren.

vic ventures ist ein Kollektiv das durch die transformative Kraft unternehmerischer Initiative individuelle, kulturelle, und gesellschaftliche Enfaltung vorantreibt. vicventures ist gegenwärtig in Berlin, London, und Paris aktiv.

Das Projekt Energy Streetfight wird gefördert von ÜBER LEBENSKUNST, einem Initiativprojekt der Kulturstiftung des Bundes in Kooperation mit dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Kontakt:

Benedikt Foit
ben@vic-ventures.com
+49 176 201 76 102

www.vic-ventures.com

Energy Street Fighter: Jetzt geht’s los!

A bit less than a year ago, we did a enable session for the Energy Street Fighter project. For us was a very good opportunity because was the inspiration for the working model that we have been developing since then. Now we are very happy to see that it has become a reallity, and we [...]

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