ORB is a community-driven and open-source developed, automated, water vessel to monitor and research endangered water ecosystems. Currently it carries various water quality sensors and records under and above water video and sound. During this 4-day workshop we will build additional little floating robots, or extensions on the ORB, which functions as the mothership for our growing, experimental fleet. Participants will gain hands on experience building these platforms that will be the carriers for any experimental add ons. They can be kinetic, electronic and/or sound based to sense and interact with the ocean. The projects will be built from various recycled materials, from the structure to the electronic parts. We will provide basic electronic tools and micro controllers to work with and assist you to realize your concepts. The goal is to end the workshop with a collaboratively developed art piece to deploy and perform in the Lisbon harbor. More infos about ORB on openbuoy.net and openbuoy.com
Sebastian Muellauer is a native german/austrian creator working in the intersection of Design, Technology, Nature and Human Intervention. He studied Man and Living at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and received a diploma with distinction in industrial design from the University of Arts - Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. His works show a focal interest in ecology, adequate technologies and experimental humanitarian design development. In his practice he advocates values and ethics of collaboration and open source hardware. During his graduation he was traveling the globe with TAKU, a mobile lab for living, work and exploration, doing field research about micro-nations such as intentional communities, experimental cities and new forms of interdisciplinary open source projects. For the past two years he has worked on PROTEI, an international community driven project to develop oil collecting sailing drones. This has led him to create more water technologies, such as ORB, an experimental platform for water monitoring and research. He is currently based on the Field Station Teufelsberg in Berlin, where he is running the Autonomous-System-Laboratory Collaborative.
Benjamin Gaulon is an artist, researcher and art college lecturer. He has previously released work under the name "Recyclism". His research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; through the exploration of détournement, hacking and recycling. His projects can be softwares, installations, pieces of hardware, web based projects, interactive works, street art interventions and are, when applicable, open source. He is currently Associate Professor at The New School Parsons Paris, where he is the program director of the MFA Design + Technology and the BFA AMT (Art, Media and Technology).
He is a member of the Graffiti Research Lab France. He has been lecturer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, associate researcher at CTVR / the telecommunications research centre (Trinity College) and director of Data 2.0 (Dublin Art and Technology Association). Since 2005 he has been leading workshops and giving lectures in Europe and US about e-waste and hardware Hacking / Recycling. Workshop participants explore the potential of obsolete technologies in a creative way and find new strategies for e-waste recycling. In 2011 he has created the Recyclism Hacklab - a collaborative workspace focused on contemporary DIY and hacking practices. Within this multidisciplinary space he facilitates and teaches both workshops and mentoring sessions in physical computing, hardware hacking and 3D printing. The Recyclism Hacklab provides a wide range of creative practitioners an informal environment where they can engage in critical making, and receive support for self directed research and autonomous learning.
Steffen Klaue is a Berlin based interactive designer, creative coder and visual artist. He studied Digital Media at the University of Art Bremen (degree with distinction). Steffen has been involved in a number of art exhibitions, both audio and visual, with numerous respected artists, both locally and internationally. Over the past 8 years, Steffen has been teaching to students in Bremen, Berlin, Venice and Zürich at various art schools.