Upcoming OPEN Lectures



Ubi de Feo

Wednesday, 8th Mar 2017

Programmed Obsolescence

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While many of us still cherish our first toy, we are getting used to discarding broken gadgets, often deterred by high repair costs or new models entering the market every year.
It’s a rush to the latest tech, a race which renders us insensitive to the death of objects.
Would it be different if we had a way to empathize with such artifacts? Is there a way to establish a connection with a piece of engineering not unlike the one we still have with an obsolete toy from decades ago?

In this Open Lecture, Ubi de Feo will present Programmed Obsolescence, a project that aims to explore how we can connect to a piece of cold hardware on a more human level, establishing a relationship which will make us mourn the loss of products we so heavily rely on but nowadays have no problem in replacing once they reach their End of Life, shipping them to a landfill and rarely looking back at our former relationship.

When: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Jakob Remin

Wednesday, 1st Mar 2017

Artist talk: Harvesting the Rare Earth

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It is impossible to imagine our current modern society without rare earth elements. The electrochemical properties of rare earth elements are driving technology development in the 21st century: From lasers, over fiber optic cable to magnets, harddrives and screens. Our cloud based, digital existence is closely connected to the earth.

Jacob Remin presents his latest work and research with rare earth elements, through the two exhibitions “Cloud Computing” at DIAS Kunsthal and “Harvesting the Rare Earth” at Overgaden, Institut for Samtidskunst. “Harvesting the Rare Earth” is currently running, so it is possible to go to the exhibition venue and have a look before the talk. Overgaden is open from 13-17.

Jacob Remin is visual artist, trained engineer (DTU) and interaction designer (CIID). Through his talk, he will focus on the fertile cross section of art, design and technology, and how he has used story telling and speculative scenarios in his latest work.

When: Wed, Mar 1st, 2017, 5.30 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Kevin Cannon

Monday, 27th Feb 2017

Inventions aren’t innovative: How things really come to life

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I’ll discuss a few key inventions in history such as the bicycle, the printing press and the internet and show how they actually came to be part of our everyday lives. There are a lot of myths and rhetoric around invention and I will dispel some common myths about inventors and their inventions, and question the role that designers can even play in the process.

When: Mon, Feb 27th, 2017, 5.00 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Past OPEN Lectures



Zoe Romano

Monday, 13th Feb 2017

Soft Circuits, DIY and empowerment

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She lives in Milano and in 2014 founded a Makerspace and Fablab called WeMake, focused on fashion and design, training on rapid-prototyping design practices especially on projects with social impact. After spending several years in digital communication agencies, since 2011 she’s been exploring the world of makers with a series of initiatives for the dissemination of open design and digital fabrication. She’s been involved into media activism working on precarity, social production, material and immaterial labor in creative and service industries. She worked for Arduino as digital strategist from 2013 to 2017 and is currently on the board of Make in Italy CDB Foundation.

When: Mon, Feb 13th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Taylor Hamilton

Tuesday, 7th Feb 2017

The Film ABCs: The 26 most important things in craft, history, and currents trends of filmmaking

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Taylor Hamilton, an American filmmaker and Principal Designer at frog design, will give a film 101 class in an hour. Taylor (born and raised in Hollywood, California) is a self-taught filmmaker who has cobbled together a film education from a multitude of sources. Starting off with Akira Kurosawa and ending with Zoetrope Studio, Taylor will give a fast-paced lecture on what he thinks most critical to understanding cinema (loosely organized by the letters of the alphabet). He’s used his understanding of cinema to bring clarity and emotion to the field of design — both in his work at frog design and the students of CIID.

When: Tue, Feb 7th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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