• 1. April - 26. April 2019
• Four weeks, full-time in Shanghai/Shenzhen, China
• Special two-week option in Shanghai available
• Up to 10 participants accepted
• Program held in English
• With support from Seeed in Shenzhen
Artist / Student (Full Time)*
In this workshop we will design fictions and future potentials rooted in a solid reality, taking us on a journey from the possible, through the plausible, preferable (or not) and into the future.
We are interested in using design as an exploratory tool, in order to depict the possibilities associated with new and future technologies. Through an entanglement of narratives we will paint a picture of a tomorrow, imagining objects, artefacts, and systems starting from the very small and peculiar and reaching towards a broader, bigger picture. In doing so we will critique the cultural and social implications of these aspirations, whilst reflecting heavily on the present status quo.
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.
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?
Made In China will emphasise the learning and use of digital fabrication techniques to examine how technologically mediated interactions can produce emotional and empathetic responses. Once repurposed, they enable us to experience distant futures.
This workshop is geared toward anyone involved in creative projects (designers, makers, artists, musicians, performers etc.) that wish to begin incorporating fabricated objects, electronics, sensors, and connected devices into their work or practice. The course approaches these topics from a hands-on introductory level. No prior experience required.