Disruptivity by Design

Future Communities’ In(ter)ventions I: Spatial Co-Lab

Jasmin Fischbacher (AT), Michael Kneidl (AT/ DE)

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Limited number of participants with registration.

Imagining Sustainable Ways of Coexistence

The first workshop of this series, titled Spatial Co-Lab (facilitated by Jasmin Fischbacher), will start with an audio-walk that lets us immerse ourselves in the future, from which we move back to the present. We collect objects and places in public spaces that we would like to take with us into this future. Starting from a dystopian scenario in 2041, in which fear and mistrust prevent solidarity and digital technologies are mainly used for surveillance, we ask ourselves how we want to live together ideally. How are our forms of housing ideally designed so that values promoting community are manifested? Which developments could be identified to bring us closer to a utopia? This workshop will take place in a local setting. Parallelly, we welcome Ars Electronica guests in spatial chat to join this speculative design lab.

The second part of this workshop series, the Disruptive Life Hacking Lab by Michael Kneidl (AT) will be dedicated to the question of how design can add to fostering planetary consciousness. How can we hack, de-construct and re-contextualize existing technologies to fulfill roles that assist us in leading more ecologically sustainable lives? Taking a humoristic approach towards technological progress this lab will address what a truly smart digital assistant would be capable of doing for us in a desirable future scenario. We will develop future scenarios focusing on the question “How smart can home be?”

In case of the Spatial Co-lab you will just need a smartphone and/ or a digital camera. In case of the Disruptive Life Hacking Lab please prepare some handicraft materials and tools such as glue, screws, nails, hinges, paper, cardboard, plastic, sheets, cloths, drills, compasses, knives, wire, scissors etc. for prototyping.

Jasmin Fischbacher: MA student at the Department of Design, Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. In her research she focuses on how design approaches can be used to foster more sustainable communities in the context of regional development. In her BA thesis she explored the innovation potential of design.

Michael Kneidl: He studied product design at the HTW in Dresden. In 1999 he became an instructor for design of interactive systems (visual communications) at the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, where he co-initiated the E-Learning Laboratory. His research focuses on the areas of the design of visual communication (E-learning, sign systems and interactive systems). An important component of his teaching is concerned with the active connection between research and learning. He participated in numerous international congresses and exchange programs with partner universities. In 2006, he initiated the Interactive Media Lab at Fachchochsule Vorarlberg.


FHV/ Faculty of Design (AT)