Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Simone Rebaudengo

Tuesday, 29th May 2018

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Real Fictions and Critical Ventures0
There is something odd yet very interesting in trying to put together design fiction and speculative approaches with the world of startup and ventures. These two apparently far apart worlds are actually closer then we think and need to be more so as both try to portray a potential future and use products and props as a vehicle to do so. However, the more we see some of the unintended pitfalls and implications of quickly grown startups and their technology the more we see the need of a more future driven and critical approach towards the products, companies, and ventures of the future.
In this lecture Simone will share the approach around designing ‘real fictions’ through the experimental work of automato.farm and how he’s trying to bring a more critical approach to the world of ventures with his recently co-founded future venture lab, YEAST.
When: Tues. May 29th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Past OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Massimo Banzi

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Trainable User Interfaces, machine learning on tiny hardware
Massimo will present recent work on using artificial intelligence on tiny hardware boards to implement Tangible User Interfaces that can be trained by the end user to better suit their needs. This is part of an ongoing research on using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on tiny hardware and explore the possibilities of this technology.
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked on many interaction design project for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Massimo is CTO of Tinker.it. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea (IDII) as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught at CIID for 10 years.
When: Tues. May 22nd 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Andreas Refsgaard + Gene Kogan

Tuesday, 15th May 2018

Machine Learning for Artists
Machine learning systems are all around us, silently underpinning the fabric of our digital infrastructure. When we think of machine learning or artificial intelligence, we often think of automation, not creative opportunities. In this joint open lecture Andreas Refsgaard and Gene Kogan will explore how artistic metaphors can help clarify that which is otherwise shrouded by layers of academic jargon, making these highly specialised subjects more accessible to everyday people. Taking such an approach, we can repurpose these academic tools and harness their capabilities for creative expression and empowerment.
Andreas Refsgaard is an interaction designer, artist and teacher from Denmark. His work switches between commercial projects and artistic installations. Recently Andreas has been exploring creative applications of machine learning and spent a lot of time teaching other designers how to use machine learning for real-time interactive projects.
Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in generative systems, computer science, and software for creativity and self-expression. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. Gene initiated ml4a, a free book about machine learning for artists, activists, and citizen scientists, and regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the subject.
When: Tues. May 15th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Danne Woo

Tuesday, 24th Apr 2018

Using Design, Data, and Code for Social Activism

We have become increasingly polarized with the help of misleading and false information that quickly and easily spreads online with the help of social media, sensational headlines, and nefarious actors. Because of this it is becoming exponentially more important for us as designers, technologist and media consumers to drown out the digital noise with truth and facts.

Like the majority of America (and the rest of the world), Danne Woo was shocked by the 2016 United States Presidential election and how shady data mining tactics, targeted online advertising and absurdly false stories fead on our fears and ultimately helped sway the outcome.

In this talk Danne will be presenting some of the projects that he has worked on over the last year that were inspired by the spread of misinformation and digital social engineering.

Danne is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at Queens College, CUNY in Queens, NY; the Founder of Datavisual (www.datavisu.al), an online platform for designing data driven graphics; and a Ford Foundation/Media Democracy Fund Tech Exchange Creative Technologist Fellow at the Color of Change in New York, NY.


When: Tues. April 24th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Media Sifter

Tuesday, 17th Apr 2018

Designing with the Blockchain

We’ve all heard about bitcoin and the mysterious blockchain, but how can we as designers use this new technology in applications beyond ‘just’ transactions?

Today, blockchain remains a technology first sector, however just as the internet before it, the role of designers will become increasingly important as everyday uses of blockchain technology become common-place.

In this talk John Ferreira and Cyrus Clarke (both CIID alumni) will present their thoughts as designers on how we can use decentralized technology to create a new breed of products and services that tackle some of the key issues in society.

They will discuss their experience developing Media Sifter – the Fact-Based News Platform on the Blockchain, to explain how this technology offers us new ways to tackle the underlying issues inherent to the media; decentralising influence, validating facts, preventing censorship and transforming the digital economy from one built on attention, to an evidence economy.

John Ferreira and Cyrus Clarke are Co-Founders of Media Sifter. They believe in decentralizing influence and working to distribute truth. They are CIID alumni and share over 15 years of experience working in Innovation and Design at Samsung Design Europe, L’Oreal and EA Games. They also run What the Block? a Blockchain education and advisory platform to help individuals and organizations of all sizes.

When: Tues. April 17th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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