Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Hermann Kudlich and Mikhail Mansion

Wednesday, 29th Mar 2017


For the first half of our open lecture, we will have Hermann Kudlich talking about:

Experience design: Bridging the digital and physical world

LEGO® House will be a 12,000 m2 hands-on, minds-on experience centre in Billund where LEGO fans of all ages are invited to discover the magic behind the LEGO brand.

In this talk Hermann Kudlich will give a sneak peek behind the scenes, showing how some of the experiences were brought to life and introducing the design process that led to new ways of interacting with LEGO bricks and innovations in digital and physical play.

Hermann is digital lead at LEGO House and responsible for the overall digital vision and strategy. He is passionate about seamlessly merging digital and physical play and tackling 21st century design challenges.

Mikhail Mansion

And for the second half of the open lecture, we will have Mikhail Mansion giving this artist talk:
Shaping Things / Shaping Ourselves

The 21st Century is marked by computation, media and material technology. But how is this mediated landscape altering our sense of time, space and matter? What does it mean to give shape the world, through design and interaction? How do the things we make make us?

In this talk, Mikhail will discuss his approach to using technology as a material for practicing art and design in service of cultural sensemaking. He will also share some personal insights regarding his transition from weapons development to building ecologically-motivated art and design projects.

Mikhail Mansion is an American artist, engineer and educator using methods of computational design and fabrication to fashion media-based installations focused on exploring intersections between environmental systems and culture. He is also the Director of Technology at Tellart, a global design company creating interactive products, installations and exhibitions. He has taught art, design and technology courses at Rhode Island School of Design for the past 7 years.

When: Wed, Mar 29th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Past OPEN Lectures

Ubi de Feo

Wednesday, 8th Mar 2017

Programmed Obsolescence


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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Jacob Remin

Wednesday, 1st Mar 2017

Artist talk: Harvesting the Rare Earth


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


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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Zoe Romano

Monday, 13th Feb 2017

Soft Circuits, DIY and empowerment


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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