Coming Soon: Fabrication, Internet of Things, & Design Fiction Workshop


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Can we create connected devices
which reflect the subtleties and complexities of our human nature? Can
we fabricate objects that lead to the creation of new cultural norms?
What is the role of ethics in the creation of a new connected world?

Join us for a special program in partnership with the Officine Arduino, Fablab Torino, and Casa Jamina communities and will take place at their facilities in Turin, Italy.

In our four-week program “Coming Soon”, using a hands-on
approach, we will investigate the creative and expressive possibilities
of Internet of Things technologies, electronics and sensors, while
gaining a foundation in digital fabrication and design fiction
methodologies.

Inhabiting a fictional narrative, students will dream up
inventive ideas for new smart objects and with the aid of our
instructors and other professionals, learn the proper tools and
processes needed to create and communicate their own vision of the
future.

Starting with basic prototyping through to advanced fabrication
techniques, making use of the latest digital fabrication tools within
the Officine Arduino community facilities, we will work through the entire process of design
from initial narrative and conception through rough prototyping. At
program’s end, we will present a fully documented performance and
exhibition of our final objects in Casa Jasmina, the connected home of the future conceived by science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project.

The infiltration of smart devices into our lives is coming soon.
Currently, corporations and even governments are investing billions to
fund research and manufacture up-and-coming networked objects designed
to “make our lives easier”. But what are the implications of this?

Throughout the program, we will collectively construct the
mythologies and belief systems we inhabit, as a means to speculate
around the possible impacts contemporary exploration may have on future
society.

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