The course began with a basic introduction to the brief, followed by an inspirational slideshow. How is our perception of the body and technology changing? Who is producing interesting work? Following this, the faculty introduced themselves and their work explaining how their skill sets are relevant to the workshop content.

Week One
The performative design workshops took place on a daily basis (1.30 – 5pm) throughout week one (7th – 11th December). These fast prototyping workshops invited our pioneers to split into pairs and pick one of the following topics: protection, connection, enhancement, shelter and survival (relating it to the overriding concept of climate change).

Pioneer pairs were then asked to build a narrative relating to this topic following a series of brainstorm exercises. These exercises involved the written word, language, observation and discussion. Following this, a fast on-body sketch or prototype was developed utilising the inexpensive materials provided or self collected.

Week Two
The second week focused on the development and fabrication of one specific body-centric device. Pioneers remained in their pairs and choose the performative prototype from the previous week that they believe holds the greatest potential in terms of visionary interface, creative presence and functionality.

Pioneers spent the remainder of the week developing and fabricating their concept which was presented on the final day of the workshop. Throughout this week, faculty were available for concept tutorials. They were also be on hand to problem solve, brainstorm and encourage.

Performative pioneers were expected to document their process through sketches, photography and film. We were keen to see pioneer testing of wearable devices with the help of friends and guerilla interventions in the street in conjunction with the COP 15 international summit.

The course ended with an exhibition of the final prototypes that were developed in week two. A slide show of documentation, including imagery and film footage of process developments in weeks one and two were shown alongside the final outcome. We asked pioneers to consider how they showcase their wearable device, whether it be through open testing of the audience, film or performance. They were also asked to consider the environment in which they showcase the work. Creating the correct ambiance is the key to the ultimate pioneer experience.