Take your controller apart and put it back together again! In this hands-on workshop with Anja Groten and Heerko van der Kooij (Hackers & Designers), participants join battle with the computer. We scroll intuitively, swipe away, use voice and movement to activate and trigger the computer and to provoke it to get a reaction, action and stake. The question is: Who controls who and how?
Participants find their way through the mechanics of human interaction with computers by saving discarded remote controls and games from e-waste. They learn about electronics and how to reflect critically on the notion of control.
No prior knowledge is required. Bring these things with you:
- A laptop
- Old remote controls, game consoles, joysticks, games with knobs and/or switches
Heerko van der Kooij
Heerko van der Kooij calls himself a creative technologist: multimedia artist and developer of software and hardware. He teaches Interaction Media Design at the HKU in Utrecht and gives workshops on the development of hardware and software at various art academies in the Netherlands and abroad. He is fascinated by the construction of devices and how they work.
Anja Groten is a designer and researcher. Her design practice is at the interface of digital and physical media, design and art education, and she is involved with various interdisciplinary collectives. She works on a freelance basis and on commission and teaches at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. In 2013 she was co-founder of the initiative Hackers & Designers, which tries to break down the barriers between the two fields through education, hacks and cooperation. She has been a Ph.D. student in the research programme Critical Making since 2017.
Thursday Night Workshop
Designers and makers from the worlds of architecture, design and digital culture share their techniques, experiments and questions in special workshops, always with a link to the programme Dissident Gardens or Thursday Night Live!
Before Thursday Night Live! you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7,50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Ticket link of the Thursday Night Live!
Het Nieuwe Instituut reserves the right to cancel or move the workshop if there are less than five applications.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Students, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Including a free drink at Het Nieuwe Café
Max. 15 participants