Tinkering is what I like to do a lot, and with a CNC-machine it get´s quite accurate! Together with Sukandar Kartadinata I build the “giraffe” and brought it to the ODC. The machine was originally intended to be used as a milling machine, and subsequently got hacked for various purposes. Together with Christopher, we extended the Giraffe in a 50min hack into a cnc-foam cutter, which afterward was used from Alex to create nice cutouts of styrofoam. Then came ingenious Tristan August in the ODC with his DIY-Lasercutter, able to cut cardboard. Hacking and tinkering again, we made the Giraffe a lasercutter. Right now the GRL is experimenting with it. more to follow. Click hereto view my blog.
Jesse Scott is a new media artist, producer, coder, designer, visualist, curator, writer, and blogger. Under various aliases and operating within several artist collectives, he produces work for live performance, for site-specific actions, for listening, for viewing, for reading … his work has spanned the domains of a/v performance, locative media, telematics, improvisational practice, urban projection, installation design, public workshops, and the written word. Alongside Mirae Rosner, he runs the memelab, an interdisciplinary project collective, and has co-founded both the canadian and german chapters of Graffiti Research Lab.
Mirae Rosner’s practice includes somatic-based dance, inter-disciplinary collaboration, integrated dance, and most recently, audio/visual production. With Jesse Scott, Mirae forms the memelab collective and together they work to bring sound, video and performance into collective conversation. She is a member of Graffiti Research Lab Germany, and with several collaborators, has been generating light based graffiti projects in Berlin’s urban sphere. memelab.ca / graffitiresearchlab.de
Philip moved to Berlin in 2000. Ever since, he started, broke off, revamped, ended and discovered relationships, studies, jobs, friends and plans. As a universal amateur with a strong interest in DIY, design and openness, in 2009 he founded the German-language online magazine and shop bausteln, aimed at teaching the use of smart electronics to everyone.
He co-founded the Berlin-based coworking space Studio 70 in 2009 where he learned about open collaboration first hand. In 2010, he co-founded Open Design City with his peers.
Besides his focus on teaching electronics, microcontrollers and general nerdiness, Philip is also your contact person for the ODC syllabus, ie. everything related to our creative classes, courses and workshops.
I love analogue. I'm a digital heretic. I will be most happy when I don't have to use a computer (and by this I mean the clunky souped up typewriters we interact with daily) to do anything. Maybe it's just powerbook envy, buy me one and see if my opinion changes.
My love is human interaction. I like to create opportunities for people to interact, small excuses that allow them to play, to share and to explore what they're about. To help them let go of what they think they can't do, learn new skills and find how they can collaborate with others.
I think the whole world should be in Beta, when we recognise that nothing is finished and we can still always improve it, shape it and fit it to our personal needs then we will begin to advance our culture.
This year we've done a lot. I say WE as it was never just me, although naturally I was the common thread in my own experiences.
I didn't star in this one, but I helped manifest the event it documents:
Chasing the Buffalo
Christopher Doering is a designer, inventor and educator. He runs a design research project on accessible sustainable materials, worked as a project manager and exhibition designer at Michael Braungart's environmental design agency EPEA, assisted at photo-shootings and graphic design projects at a design firm in New York City, constructed furniture at a cabinetmaker's shop, conducted job interviews as a personnel consultant in the field of medical science, gave tutoring in a troubled neighborhood, assisted at a workshop for the handicapped, spent his holidays helping at a organic farm, sorted chips and rubbish at a waste treatment facility, created a school magazine and lived and worked in a house project at the east german countryside. He loves to learn, to teach, to share - and is very curious to see what happens next.
Born and raised in Hamburg, he studied product design at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and Bauhaus University Weimar, focusing on Cradle to Cradle principles, product quality and interactive sculpture design - and in between he got into applied ethics and economic history at University Jena for a while.
Christopher was a resident at the Palomar 5 innovation camp and is one of the co-founders of Open Design City.