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TV Spots by the Norwegian associaton of the Blind

Lovely approach by the Norwegian Association of the Blind to focus on self interest, not social good, in their campaign encouraging companies to hire the blind. Four short TV Commercials from 2011: Advertisements

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Book Review (german): Aus der Nähe – Zum wissenschaftlichen und behindertenpolitischen Wirken von Volker Schönwiese

Die Beiträge und Verdienste Volker Schönwieses für die Behinderungsthematik im deutschsprachigen Raum und seine kritischen, stets auch praxisbezogenen Denkanstöße zu Inklusion und Integration reichen bis in die 1970er Jahre zurück.Anlässlich seiner Pensionierung von der Universität Innsbruck ist nun ein Sammelband … Continue reading

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Inklusion in Mode und Clubkultur

Von den Vereinten Nationen 2008 ratifiziert, fordert die Behindertenrechtskonvention eine gleichberechtigte Teilhabe aller am gesellschaftlichen Leben. Was soweit plausibel  klingt, scheitert im Alltag jedoch allzu häufig an der praktischen Umsetzbarkeit. Auch in kulturrelevanten Bereichen, insbesondere der Partyszene erfahren Menschen mit … Continue reading

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Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes

Vor geraumer Zeit berichteten wir über über das Projekt “Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes” und die dazugehörigen Publikationen über die Geschichte und Perzeption eines bisher wissenschaftlich nicht bearbeitetes Ölgemäldes aus dem 16. Jahrhunderts in der Kunst- und Wunderkammer von Schloss Ambras bei … Continue reading

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Sloterdijk, Steiner und die Alchemie des Alltags

   Vor ungefähr drei Jahren berichteten wir von der Ausstellung “Rudolf Steiner – Die Alchemie des Alltags” über die Ideenwelt und den weitreichenden Einfluss des Begründers der Anthroposophie. Der folgende Video-Mitschnitt dokumentiert ein Gespräch Peter Sloterdijks mit dem damaligen Ausstellungskurator Mateo Kries über … Continue reading

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When I walk (Trailer)

In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Budenzauber Inklusion

AG SPAK Bücher, Juli 2013, 147 S., kart., 16 €; ISBN 978-3940865571 In der öffentlichen Debatte um die Gleichstellung von Menschen mit Behinderungen ist der Begriff der Inklusion von zentraler Präsenz. Der mit respektablen Zielen und ebenso großen Hoffnungen verbundene … Continue reading

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Fotowettbewerb “Geliebte Technik” (Ambient Assisted Living)

Zeigen was Technik alles kann! Der berufsbegleitende Masterstudiengang Ambient Assisted Living der HTW Berlin sucht im Rahmen des Fotowettbewerbs 2014 kreative Fotografien, die zeigen wie Technik geliebt und gelebt wird. Sie haben ein technisches Produkt oder selbst gebaute Technik, die Sie in … Continue reading

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DFG Roundtable Design Research (Video)

The Design Research Lab conducted an intense two-days event: The DFG Roundtable Design Research. Numerous highly profiled positions from the international field have been brought together in order to compare, discuss and map the different approaches and perspectives within design … Continue reading

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Art Blind at Sommerblut

“Sommerblut“, the cologne-based festival of multi polar culture sees itself as inclusive culture Festival, which combines different social, political and social positions and identities. We found a short video from last year’s vernissage of the “Art Blind” Exhibition, which took place … Continue reading

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Disability Awareness

Disabiliy Awareness Campaign from 2011…

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Social Design: Geschichte, Praxis, Perspektiven

Eine Tagung der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte und des Museums für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 9. und 10. Mai 2014 Tagungsort: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Social Design hat in den letzten Jahren einen regelrechten Boom erfahren und erscheint omnipräsent. Aktuell … Continue reading

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New Book: The History of Sustainable Design

click to enlarge! The new publication ‘Die Geschichte des nachhaltigen Designs‘ (= The History of sustainable Design) by Karin-Simone Fuhs, Davide Brocchi, Michael Maxein & Bernd Draser (Hrsg.) contains a contribution by Design Research Lab‘s Tom Bieling, Florian Sametinger and Gesche … Continue reading

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F L U G M U S I K (Kollisionen 2014)

Eine Woche lang arbeiteten Studierende aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Berliner Universität der Künste (UdK) zusammen an fliegenden Klangobjekten und klingenden Flugobjekten. Objekte, die schweben, gleiten, geworfen oder katapultiert werden. Objekte, die klingen, singen, knattern und flüstern. Einzige Grundbedingungen: kein Strom, … Continue reading

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PACHA — Kollisionen von Tanz und Design

Im Rahmen der “Kollisionen 2014” (UdK) sah das Projekt PACHA eine Serie von Experimenten und Improvisationen vor. Ziel des Projektes und seiner Teilnehmer war es, sich mit Objekten und Materialien in RaumZeit-Konstellationen zu befördern, deren Wechselwirkungen Klang erzeugen. Aufgrund der … Continue reading

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Duet for Crutches

Next Week the “Flugmusik” project will be starting at UdK. As we mentioned earlier: it’s gonna be cool and we will keep you posted about the process of the project. One cool aspect in advance can be found in (Co-Initiator) … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Körper 2.0 – Über die technische Erweiterbarkeit des Menschen

Transcript, Oktober 2013, 144 S., kart., 17,99 €; ISBN 978-3-8376-2351-2 Dass im Zuge zunehmender Vernetzung und den uns permanent umgebenden, unterstützenden oder behindernden Dingen, unsere Körper immer nur „teilweise unsere“ sind, eine strikte Trennung von Mensch und dem „Anderen“, der … Continue reading

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Book Reviews (german)*: FabLab, Home made Bio Electronic Arts, Lucius Burckhardt Writings, Sensing Place.

FabLab – Of Machines, Makers and Inventors Julia Walter-Herrmann, Corinne Büching (Hg.) Bielefeld [transcript] 2013, 262 Seiten. 29,80 Euro. ISBN 978-3-8376-2382-6        Das erste FabLab startete 2002 am Bostoner MIT und dient seither als Vorbild für eine welt- weit wachsende Maker-Community. … Continue reading

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Book Reviews (german)*: mashup cultures, design act und was der Mensch wirklich braucht

mashup cultures edited by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss Wien [Springer] April 2010, 156 Seiten, circa 32 EUR. ISBN 978-3709100950 Eine ebenso erhellende wie unterhaltsame Kompilation über Techniken und Praktiken der MashUp-, Remix- und Sampling Kultur. Mal meta-analytisch, medientheoretisch, mal anwendungs-orientiert und mit … Continue reading

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Guerrilla Art Project gives Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol

A while ago, we reported from Sara Hendren‘s and Brian Glenney’s great accesible icon project. Now, we are even happier, to see that her project caught its deserved attention by NYC authorities. Congrats, Sara! On fastcodesign you can reade the full article about “How A Guerrilla … Continue reading

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«Get closer», … «because who is perfect?»

The latest campaign by Pro Infirmis: Two years ago, they already caught attention by their “get closer” campaign:

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“Flugmusik” – Jazz Institute Berlin meets Design Research Lab

[Dehnhard & Bieling: F L U G M U S I K] The Jazz Institute Berlin and the Design Research Lab are going to collaborate for early 2014. In the project Tilmann Dehnhard and Tom Bieling are going to work on flying … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Student Worker (f/m) in alternative Interaction.

Job Opportunity: Student Worker (f/m) in „alternative Interaction“. The Design Research Lab at Berlin University of the Arts is looking for two student workers (f/m) to support us in the project “SPEECHLESS” from now to June 2014 (4 – 6 … Continue reading

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Theometrica

[Theometrica (by Oscar Palaou and Alexander Müller-Rakow); Foto: T. Bieling] A couple of days ago, we mentioned the Theometrica Installation, which will be exhibited until december 13. For those, who won’t be able to see it…here is a little video!

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Community Infrastructuring

Communities can be understood as forms of active engagement, collaboration and knowledge sharing which create new social bonds and be regarded as catalysts for social innovation and participation. The community infrastructuring research group (Florian Sametinger, Jennifer Schubert, Andreas Unteidig, Malte … Continue reading

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Interaction and Interface Design for and with People with Dementia

This Berlin-based project has been running since 2012 and already lead to promising results: Dementia is a syndrome that mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the probability is increasing with age. Current literature and statistics show that … Continue reading

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Design with the blind in mind

How should a city for the blind be designed? No,…how should a city in general be designed? Architect Chris Downey takes us on a trip from the perspective of a man who recently lost his sight and relates his non-visual … Continue reading

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German TV report about some of our work…

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Lorm Hand connects deaf-blind people with twitter

On the 4th October an impressive protest march of the deaf-blind took place in Berlin. Many of the participants took the opportunity to express and tweet their thoughts, demands, needs, wishes and requests with the @LormHand. The Lorm Hand is an … Continue reading

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Making a website tangible

After a conversation with (Animation & Illustration) Design Student Ellie Pritchard from Kingston University London about here projects in the context of sensory technology research today, we do not want to miss to share her and her colleagues’  student project … Continue reading

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“Die Politik der Maker” DGTF Jahrestagung 2013

DIE POLITIK DER MAKER  Die gesellschaftliche Bedeutung neuer Möglichkeiten des Produzierens von Design Jahrestagung der DGTF 2013 Fr. 22. – Sa. 23. November 2013 an der Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK) ACHTUNG: DIE ANMELDUNG ENDET AM 17.11.2013! Die Tagung „Die … Continue reading

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Vortrag Elke Bippus (18.11.2013): Epistemologien des Ästhetischen: Mikropraktiken eine (andere) Wissensform?

Die Berliner RingvorlesungAnderesWissen-WS13-14 fragt nach der Alterität künstlerischen Wissens. In der Spannung oder auch Balance zwischen einem konsistenten Wissensbegriff und dem Besonderen, gar Anderen eines künstlerischen Wissens, liegen Reiz und Herausforderung der Fragestellung. Warum werden die Künste überhaupt unter der Kategorie Wissen erfasst? … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Cairo – Images of Transition. Perspectives on Visuality in Egypt 2011-2013 // Mikala Hyldig Dal (Ed.)

[Transcript, September 2013, 186 S., kart., 34,90 €; ISBN 978-8376-2615-5] Wie dokumentiert man Geschichte, die gerade selbst im Begriff ist geschrieben zu werden? Wie lässt sich demokratisches Verständnis visualisieren? Und wer sind die Akteure wenn sich Geschichte als Bild manifestiert? … Continue reading

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RHEINBERGER + MAKINO (Lecture + Performance); Berlin 13. November

Lecture, Performance SYSTEMS, RELATIONS, SITUATIONS HANS-JÖRG RHEINBERGER, YUTAKA MAKINO WED 13.11.2013 | 19:00 h | Free admission What do art and science have in common and what distinguishes them from one another? Over the course of three evenings, stipendiaries of … Continue reading

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Skintimacy

Skintimacy is an interface that allows for the manipulation of electronic-based processes through touch. Depending on whom you touch, the way your bodies make contact influences the control of both analog instruments and digital setups. Alexander Müller-Rakow and his team … Continue reading

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Design Research Lab in Berlin NeuKölln

[Nacht und Nebel Installation: “Liebe Sonnenallee, “] As part of the Nacht und Nebel festival in Neukölln, the Community Infrastructuring Team of the Design Research Lab will present the next level of their hybrid letter box. Opinions will be collected and … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Biochip Implants

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Theometrica

Our dear friends and colleagues Oscar Palou and Alexander Müller-Rakow – both experts in the field of generative sound synthesis – came up with this adorable sound interface. By fixing specific pins into a spinning disk, “Theometrica” can control sound … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mobile Food and Foodhunting by Joseph Carlson

Mobile Food and Foodhunting by Joseph Carlson [Winwood48 Edition] Jedermanns Sache wird die eigenwillige Buchgestaltung vermutlich nicht sein. Und auch  die einzelne Textzeile, die sich mittig über die komplette Buchlänge erstreckt, und dabei Assoziationen zu einem Straßen markierenden Mittelstreifen weckt, … Continue reading

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Exhibition in Berlin

We are part of this one…

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Exhibition in Edinburgh/UK

On friday, 21st of June, an interesting exhibition starts in Edinburgh/UK. It also includes 3 works, developed in the DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY Project,that was supervised by Tom Bieling in Cairo and Berlin last semester. 21.06.2013 | Opening 6.30 pm | Short Art … Continue reading

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Berlin Summer University of the Arts – Aging in Place: Exploring Concepts / Assembling Strategies

Our Design Research Lab will be running a five day workshop at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts. The Workshop is lead by Stefan Göllner (DRL) & Jan Lindenberg (IIDj). Design Research Lab, July 29th – August 2nd 2013. Cities … Continue reading

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Leidmedien

“Medien schaffen Wirklichkeit – Journalistinnen und Journalisten wissen das und bedienen sich leider dennoch häufig einseitiger Sprachbilder, Floskeln und Klischees. Formulierungen wie „an den Rollstuhl gefesselt“ oder „leidet an“ lassen negative Bilder im Kopf entstehen, die das öffentliche Bild behinderter … Continue reading

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DFG Roundtable Design Research

The Design Research Lab at Berlin University of the Arts is looking forward to an intense two-days workshop next week: the DFG Roundtable Design Research. Even more, we are excited to meet our ca. 40 participants. The list of participants … Continue reading

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Current DESIGN RESEARCH LAB projects by our colleagues Katharina Bredies, Tom Bieling and Alexander Müller-Rakow will be shown in Munich from 21. – 24.2.2013. Click fyers to enlarge! [Look Twice | Exhibition & Symposium, Munich February 2013]

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Radio Interview (Tom Bieling, Multicult FM, 24 October 2012)

Tom Bieling talks about the Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY in this Radio Interview (Language: German). To listen or download the Interview click here! Or “watch” it on Youtube: For further Infos on the project click here! Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY In the winter semester 2012/13, a … Continue reading

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Symposium: Design as Cure

  People in Berlin, tonight we recommend an look forward to meeting you at a very promising event: DESIGN AS CURE, organized by our friend and colleague Lisa Weiss.   Description (german): Der weiße Arztkittel, die Therapie mit Placebopillen oder … Continue reading

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Biohackers: A Journey into Cyborg America

The Verge’s Ben Popper explores the world of biohacking, where DIY cyborgs are pushing the bleeding edge of human enhancement. From basement labs to piercing shops. A documentary about the “grinder” culture that hopes to merge man and machine.

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Cybernetics for the Masses

Lepht Anonym on biohacking, implants, sensory extension, silicon and on how to hack your own perception of electromagnetic radiation for approximately thirty Euros.

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Teaching through Touch

A Project at Vanderbilt University on how technology can be used to teach math skills to the visually impaired…

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Design science – and what makes it tick! (Panel Discussion)

As a young discipline, design studies/science is currently establishing itself within the worldwide community of academia. A couple of months ago, the Institute of Design Research Vienna conducted a panel discussion at Designforum Vienna (MQ/Museumsquartier). The participants various positions from the fields … Continue reading

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Prosthetics and Cybernetics

“Prosthetic arms and legs are beginning to approximate the functionality of our natural limbs”. Rob Spence aka the “Eyeborg” (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye replaced it with a wireless video camera) investigates prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. … Continue reading

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DesignInquiry | Design City Berlin | Call for Participation

Design Research Lab Berlin is collaborating with DesignInquiry on another experimental workshop-format that will take place in 2012. Our friends and colleagues Alexander Müller-Rakow and Florian Sametinger have been organizing this promising Berlin event, and DESIGNABILITIES is pretty much looking forward to it! … Continue reading

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Manzini on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability

We already mentioned Ezio Manzini quite a lot. Here is another one of his talks (from 2010):   Ezio Manzini-Keynote: Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

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Job Opportunity: Internship at Design Research Lab Berlin

Das Design Research Lab der Universität der Künste Berlin sucht ab März/ April 2012 in Berlin eine/n Praktikant/in für 3 – 6 Monate im Projekt „Services für Demenz-Patienten“. Das übergreifende Ziel des Design Research Lab (www.drlab.org) besteht darin, durch praktische und theoretische Beiträge im … Continue reading

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Awareness album goes viral

With their little photo album posted on facebook, Grace Curley and here Brother Josh help to raise awareness of Down Syndrome, as well as Disability-Topics in general. The album consisted of 18 photographs featuring the 20-year-old Paris resident and her 18-year-old … Continue reading

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Mobile Lorm Glove – A Communication device for deaf-blind people.

The Mobile Lorm Glove is a communication and translation device for the deaf- blind. It translates the hand-touch alphabet Lorm, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and vision impairment, into digital text and vice-versa. The … Continue reading

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Touching new ways of commincation for 2012 and beyond….

Dear friends Liebe Freunde Caras amigos A healthy, successful and happy 2012 to all of you (especially those we haven’t met this year)! Euch allen (insbesondere denen, die wir in diesem Jahr leider nicht treffen konnten) sowie einen sicheren Rutsch … Continue reading

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Künstlerisch/Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter/in gesucht…

Das Design Research Lab der Universität der Künste Berlin sucht ab Februar 2012 in Berlin eine/n Künstlerisch/wissenschaftliche(n) Mitarbeiter/in im Projekt „Services für Demenz-Patienten“ Das übergreifende Ziel des Design Research Lab besteht darin, durch praktische und theoretische Beiträge im Bereich benutzerzentrierter … Continue reading

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Attitude Syndrome

Thanks to GUC Student* Caroline for sharing this campaign clip with us, which she and her group found yesterday! * During his visiting professorship at the German University in Cairo, Tom Bieling has been conducting an intensive and productive workshop … Continue reading

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Sonic Experiments by Christine Sun Kim

Filmmaker and photographer Todd Selby profiles Christine Sun Kim‘s performance work. On Nowness we find the following description: “Deaf from birth, Kim turned to using sound as a medium during an artist residency in Berlin in 2008, and has since … Continue reading

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Impressions from “Falling Walls Lab”…

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Tom Bieling wins 2nd Place at Falling Walls Lab 2011

100 ideas, 3 minutes, 1 day. At the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, 100 inspiring people presented their breakthroughs. DESIGNABILITIES Initiator Tom Bieling was one them….and won the second place. Congrats! [Chairmen of the falling walls lab jury, Ernst Th. … Continue reading

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Feature Discussion ‘Before and After Critical Design’

After our last lively feature discussion in april there will be another interesting one this friday. This time it will be in English again. The discussion is open for everyone to join. Looking forward to your contributions! Feature Discussion ‘Before … Continue reading

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“Piercing a Tongue, in the Name of Mobility”

This project just caught our attention: A system, where the user wears a headset with sensors that pick up magnetic signals from a tongue ring. Moving the tongue to the mouth’s corners, moves the wheelchair forward or backward etc… The … Continue reading

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HangUp (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“HangUp” is a tool that accounts certain human conditions or situations, where people can not use their hands while being on the phone. For example deaf people need both hands for sign language. But also non-deaf people are often confronted … Continue reading

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Blind Loves / Slepe Lasky (Trailer)

Documentary filmmaker Juraj Lehotsky upends many people’s assumptions and expectations of the handicapped in the film Slepe Lasky (aka Blind Loves), which introduces viewers to four very different people with one thing in common — they all lack the ability … Continue reading

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Mobile Alert Recognition (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Mobile Alert Recognition” is an application that identifies auditory alerts through signal recognition and informs the user about important events. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Skintimacy

Thanks to Tangible Sound Lab for exploring interpersonal boundaries through musical interactions in their recent project ‘Skintimacy’, in which Alexander Müller, Jochen Fuchs and Konrad Röpke use skin-based interfaces for collaborative musical performances. ‘Skintimacy’ is intended to be both an evocative tool … Continue reading

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Conference Review: INCLUDE 2011

Last week (18-20 April) the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the London Royal College of Art conducted the sixth edition of INCLUDE, the biannual conference on Inclusive Design. This year’s theme: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen. … Continue reading

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What distinguishes “Research through Design” from “Design”? (german text)

In one of our last feature discussions on http://www.designresearchnetwork.org, Prof. Wolfgang Jonas gave a plausible answer: —please excuse: the text is in german — Wie unterscheiden sich Design und RTD hinsichtlich ihrer Ergebnisse? Wann ist es Design, wann ist es … Continue reading

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Sign-to-Text (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Sign-to-Text” is an application for tracking fingeralphabet for SMS-use on Mobile Phones. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with T-Labs Berlin. . The project explores challenges and possibilites … Continue reading

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Im Werden begriffen – Designperspektiven für Berlin (ARCH+ 201/202)

[ARCH+ issue 201/202 on Berlin; Cover by Meiré und Meiré] The german magazine for archicture “ARCH+” recently published this one: “Im Werden begriffen – Designperspektiven für Berlin Von Bieling, Tom Berlin, Stadt der Kreativen. 2006 zur „UNESCO City of Design“ ernannt, … Continue reading

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Feature Discussion: “Wie schaffen wir Designwissenschaft” (DRNetwork, 12.04.2011)

The official announcement will be posted here, as well as via DRNetwork and dgtf, soon!  So, this one’s only an advance notice: Feature Discussion auf DRNetwork – ‚Wie schaffen wir Designwissenschaft?’ 12.04.2011 ‚Wie schaffen wir Designwissenschaft?’ knüpft an die letzte … Continue reading

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Open University: Mit den Händen sprechen

Die Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) führt das Projekt “Open University: Mit den Händen sprechen” durch. Gehörlose und hörende Referenten präsentieren von April bis Juni 2011 Vorträge/Filme/Performances/Diskussionen rund ums Thema Gebärdensprache und Gehörlosenkultur. Ein Projekt zum Abbau von Barrieren zwischen Hörenden … Continue reading

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Teilnahmeaufruf: 5. Kolloquium ‘Design Promoviert’

Zum Jubiläum mal wieder in Berlin: Wie schon beim allerersten mal, so werden wir auch das 5. Kolloquium »Design promoviert« wieder in Berlin durchführen. Diesmal an der Universität der Künste, der neuen Heimat des Design Research Lab. Am 4. Juni … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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How A Blind Man Plays Video Games

Our fellow Matthias Loewe, just pointed our attention towards this mechanical engineering student and Gamer Terry Garret, who can play a perfect run in Abe’s Exoddus. Which is pretty awesome, considering Garrett is blind! A report and interview can be read … Continue reading

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Geek love by Katherine Dunn

Susanna Hertrich recomended this one to us, since it seems to fit perfectly in our topic. She says: “Slightely disturbing novel of a circus family of “freaks” that questions our understanding of normality. Expect weird sexual festishes, strange cults, crazy tyrants, … Continue reading

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Anthropomorphe – Different views on the human body

“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.” (Quote from the anthropomorphe blog)  Anthropomorphe features an extensive collection of  stunning imagery that challenges our notions of … Continue reading

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TRANSNATURAL (Amsterdam, march/april 2011)

[transnatural; exhibition/symposium, amsterdam 2011; campaign: Lucy McRae] Technology was the means by which mankind seperated itself from nature, and escaped its limitations. In the 21st century we move beyond the animosity between nature and technology. In a lot of areas we … Continue reading

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Body Architecture by Lucy & Bart

Another perspective can of course be found in the “absurd” human enhancement works of LucyandBart (Lucy McRae and Bart Hess) that is often described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. Both share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression, … Continue reading

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Human Enhancement – The Role of Art and Design

Already mentioned before, but in context of certain art and design positions in terms of human enhancement technologies we would like to draw attention again to some of the RCA (Royal College of Art, London) projects in this field: The Methods Network was … Continue reading

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German Books on enhancement, bioethics, body aesthetics and transhumanity.

In context of our latest book recommendation we would also like to mention a couple of german publications around the enhancement debate. First of all the nicely compiled “No body is perfect” (Editors: Johann S. Ach, Arnd Pollmann), which compiles 17 … Continue reading

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Book: Human Enhancement

In a recent publication the editors Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom compile several positions in the enhancement debate, basically gathering around the question, to what extent we should use technology to try to make “better human beings”, which undoubtfuly guides towards … Continue reading

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Mixed Feelings (Documentary)

Thanks to our new team member Ulli, for pointing our attention to this intersting Documentary on the evolving convergence of technology and the humany body, especialy in “health” context: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/video/embed/286

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Design Research Lab – Alles NEU!

On the occasion of Gesche Joost‘s inaugural lecture, the Design Research Lab recently celebrated a “houswarming” of its new office at the University of the Arts. In the course of the establishment of the endowed professorship, the research team transferred to the faculty … Continue reading

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2nd Feature Discussion on ‘Designwissenschaft’ (DRNetwork, 12.april 2011)

After the last feature discussion in january, there is going to be a follow-up in april. Under the working title ‘Wie schaffen wir Designwissenschaft?’, a group of invited participants will discuss with you several positions and challenges for designwissenschaft. Please mark the date … Continue reading

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5. Kolloquium ‘Design Promoviert’ in Berlin (Juni 2011)

Zum Jubiläum mal wieder in Berlin: Wie schon beim allerersten mal, so werden wir auch das 5. Kolloquium »Design promoviert« wieder in Berlin durchführen. Aller Voraussicht nach wird es am  4. Juni 2011 stattfinden. Dieses Mal an der Universität der Künste, der neuen … Continue reading

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Abilities speak louder…

[VSA Arts of Colorado : Andrew Zareck | Art Direction and Design] The Access Gallery + Studio at VSA Arts of Colorado conducted the “Special Needs Poster Project” GIVING VOICE. In this collaborative project, young people with disabilities were paired … Continue reading

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Book: Questions, Hypotheses & Conjectures (Book by Design Research Network)

  [Rosan Chow, Wolfgang Jonas, Gesche Joost (Hg.): Questions, Hypotheses & Conjectures; IUniverse; 360 pages; ISBN: 9781450259651] In 2008, the Design Research Network (DRNetwork) conducted the Design Research Conference “Questions & Hypotheses” (Q&H) in Berlin. Since the goal of DRNetwork is … Continue reading

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Book (german): Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren

[Claudia Mareis, Gesche Joost, Kora Kimpel (Hg.) Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren. Designforschung im Anwendungskontext; Language: German; Nov 2010, 302 S., Transcript; ISBN 978-3-8376-1463-3] ”Knowledge” and “Research” have become key terms for design. The reciprocal relationship between design practice and … Continue reading

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Raul Krauthausen presents wheelmap at TEDxBerlin (german)

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Sing Languae Advent Calendar

[sign language advent calendar by kindergebaerden] For the final spurt juntil xmas jwe wish everybody a good time. You may enjoy it even more with the Sign Language Advent Calendar by Kindergebärden, which from now on daily opens a calendar … Continue reading

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Universal Design – Versuchter Bericht vom Fachforum

Gern hätten wir an dieser Stelle vom Fachforum  “Universal Design – Unsere Zukunft gestalten” berichtet, welches das IDZ (Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin) mit dem Kompetenznetzwerk Universal Design heute am Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend veranstaltete.  Ein Beginn mit Verzögerung, … Continue reading

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Universal Design Conference 2010 – Report from Hamamatsu

Colleague and friend Stefan Goellner just got back from his trip to Japan, where he visited the 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu. His conference report for the DRNetwork is being shared here: Universal Design – strongly supported … Continue reading

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Andy Miah speaks at our Research Colloquium (November 22)

On November 22 (Monday), Andy Miah gives a talk at our T-Labs’ Research Colloquium. Don’t hesitate to spread to spread the word and feel free to join! *** Research Colloquium *** Date: 22.11.2010 Time: 14.00 – 15:30 Location: Deutsche Telekom … Continue reading

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Zwischen Mensch und Maschine – Vom Glück und Unglück des Homo Faber

„Technisierungsprozesse sind dann problematisch …, wenn sie die Offenheit des Menschen nicht mehr befördern, sondern unterlaufen. Dies ist etwa dann der Fall, wenn die neurotechnologische Option als einzige Selbstentfaltungsmöglichkeit gesehen wird.“ Mit dem Buch “Zwischen Mensch und Maschine…” beschert des Philosophen … Continue reading

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Internship at Design Research Lab

The Design Research Lab of T-Labs Berlin is currently looking for somebody to support their activities in the area of Designing & Prototyping Interactions. The Design Research Lab is led by Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost. A team of young researchers devotes to … Continue reading

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Voll behindert – Aktion Mensch Campaign

At the end of a recent public discussion of ours, there was an active dispute about the latest AKTION MENSCH campaign. Not all of the participants were familiar with the campaign, thats why we share it with you here: [All three pictures taken … Continue reading

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Beatiful Freak

“… Some people think you have a problem But that problem lies only with them …”* [eels: *beautiful freak, album cover; 1996] According to the “freaks”-subject, this beatiful catchy title-tune from EELS’s melancholic 1996-debut has been on top of our … Continue reading

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Victorian Freakshows

For centuries the word ‘freak’ has been used cruelly to describe people born with ‘abnormal’ features, or those able perform extraordinary physical acts by contorting or misshaping their bodies. Freak shows were a particularly popular form of entertainment during the … Continue reading

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Conference Review: Sustainability in Design NOW! (Bangalore/India 2010)

We recently attended the Sustainability in Design: NOW! Conference in Bangalore/India. The Conference was promoted and organized as the concluding event of the EU funded LeNS project, which aims at the development and diffusion of design for sustainability in design … Continue reading

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Phantom Recorder

British Designer Revital Cohen comes up with this vision: “When a limb is lost, the mind often develops a phantom sensation. The phantom owner is suddenly endowed with a unique and personal appendage, invisible to others and sometimes capable of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Care in Practice –

[Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, Jeannette Pols (eds.) Care in Practice – On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms 326 pages, 35,80 €, ISBN 978-3-8376-1447-3] In a recent transcript publication «Care in Practice – On Tinkering in Clincs, Homes and Farms», Ingunn … Continue reading

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WiiCane

[WiiCane] The Wiicane by Touch Graphics uses Wii motion tracking technology to provide real-time feedback as users walk up and down a 30′ long indoor course.  It is promoted as a ” system for promoting proper use of the long cane … Continue reading

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“We have never been…” – Rule of Three.

In Per-Olof Hedvall’s Book “The Activity Diamond – Modeling an Enhanced Accessibility”, which he elaborated at Lund University’s Department of Design Sciences, he assembles three quotes, to be shared here now. The first two of them are surely pretty popular. … Continue reading

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Rebecca Horn (Video, 1974)

After we have reported on Rebecca Horn’s project here recently, especially about here project “Finger Gloves”, we found one of the videos we were actually looking for. Here it is:

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Performing Disability – Lisa Bufano und die Schönheit des Makels

Double amputeed performance artist Lisa Bufano has turned her “loss” into a profound artistic pursuit that has made her an award winning artist. Originally focused on animation and doll making as a means to explore her body, in 2005 she … Continue reading

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Self Labelling and Identity (Video)

As continuing part of David Reville’s foresaid course “Mad People’s History,” this one is about “mad people’s” self definitions , -understandings and -descriptions. “We call mad people lots of names. Most of them are not meant to be complimentary. But … Continue reading

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Mad People’s History (Video)

In his online course at Ryerson University,  David Reville, an instructor with the School of Disability Studies, explains how the history of madness differs from the history of psychiatry, and highlights the importance of including the diverse perspectives of people … Continue reading

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Medic Esthetic – Good ol’ Shoe

In her project Medic Esthetic, Gwendolyn Huskens of Design Academy Eindhoven deals with the beauty of imperfection, using medical materials like synthetic plaster, bandages and stainless steel in white and skin tones, to make these shoes. A quote from this project: “The esthetics … Continue reading

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Three Recent Books on Disability, Aesthetics, Art and Film.

Three releases around the body, from three different perspectives. In the first one, “Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum”, the Editors Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson broach the issue surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries. [Richard … Continue reading

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Tuuli Mattelmäki speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 23nd of august)

Another Talk, another interesting guest speaker: On august 23 (Monday), Tuuli Mattelmäki from Aalto University Helsinki comes to talk at our T-Labs’ Research Colloquium. Here topics will range from design probes, empathic design, co-design to service design and design for … Continue reading

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SenCity

Two weeks ago, the netherland-based Deaf-Party Crew SENCITY celebrated their first party abroad, here in berlin (Glashaus). A great opportunity not only to meet our former colleague Oscar again, but also to get an idea of what the announced highlights … Continue reading

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Designing Inclusive Interactions

The next book on our Desktop is the Proceedings of the 5th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT), incorporating the 8th Cambridge Workshop on Rehabilitation Robotics, held in Cambridge (UK) earlier this year (March 2010). The editors … Continue reading

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Making digital things graspable – Fabian Hemmert’s Talk at TEDxBerlin

Recently our colleague and friend fabian gave a fantastic presentation at TED‘s satalite in Berlin. Who missed his thoughts on ‘humanizing technology’ should check it out her:

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Tom Shakespeare speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 2nd of august)

This august is full of interesting guest speakers. Before Graham Pullin (august 9) and Tuuli Mattelmäki (august 23) come to talk at T-Labs’ Research Colloquium, we are happy to have Tom Shakespeare speaking on “What do we need to know … Continue reading

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Graham Pullin speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 9th of august)

We are happy to have Graham Pullin as a guest speaker at our next Research Colloquium at T-Labs on monday, 9th of august. Graham will talk about aspects from his book, as well about some of his latest projects, e.g. … Continue reading

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Lennard J. Davis speaks at our Research Colloquium

We are happy to have Lennard Davis as a guest speaker at our Research Colloquium next monday. Lennard will speak on the interconnections between science, medicine, technology, and culture, arguing that to separate these categories, as has been historically done, … Continue reading

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Sanders and the participatory mindset

As one of the guiding figures in Co-Design Theory and Practice, Liz Sanders gives an overview of the design research landscape as it has emerged over the last 20 years. In her IIT lecture she discusses some of the recent … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Fritz Kahn – Man Machine

[BuchCover: Fritz Kahn – Man Machine;  Springer Wien New York, 2009] Halb Wesen und halb über Ding Tom Bieling Was haben eine Fabrik und ein Penis gemeinsam? Worin liegt die Parallele der menschlichen Verdauung zur Eisenbahntechnologie? Synchron zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung … Continue reading

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Ramia Maze on social Inno

After Dr. Ramia Maze could unfortunately not attend personally the last DRNetwork Forum, she did an interesting online presentation. I am not sure, if that video will be uploaded on DRNetwork, so in substitute i post her recent talk on … Continue reading

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No innocent Artefacts

Corinna Barth*, against the background of Technoscience and Gender Studies, here talking about technological Embodiment, Hybrid Artefacts, Dynamic Embodiment and artificial inscriptions of gender aspects. According to Lucy Suchman, there ist no „Design from nowhere“ and therefore no “innocent artefacts”. … Continue reading

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StreetLab at 4010

For those who have missed our recent talks at 4010 Berlin, here is a little press review about last weeks presentation about StreetLab: Further Information to our talks at 4010: Speechless @ 4010; may 21 StreetLab @ 4010; may 28 … Continue reading

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Trans-humanism and Post-Humanism

Following up our recent discussions on Transhumanism, here are three more short documentaries touching some of the major issues of the transhumanist movement, between critical positions of posthuman utopia and the ultimate “scientific dictatorship”. Genetics, robotics, technocracy, artificial intelligence, bionics … Continue reading

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HAL 5

The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), created by Cyberdyne Corporation to “upgrade existing physical capabilities of the human body”, weigths 23 kg and is comprised of robotic limbs and a backpack containing the suit’s battery and computer system. The HAL suit … Continue reading

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Mashing Up Computing & Biology

Andy Miah at the Amplified Leicester group in December 2009,  talking about transhuman ideas of transforming digital bodies to enhanced Humans, and other related ‘cyborg’ topics…

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Key Wheel

Anybody knows what happened to the OneHand Keyboard by Caracol? About two years ago they came up with a concept for a centred “keywheel”, which was supposed to allow you to quickly spin any key you like to push…

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I.L.Y St. Pauli!

On the occasion of F.C. St. Pauli’s return to the Bundesliga, we send a big hello to hamburg and to one specific Fan Club: Deaf St. Pauli. We especially like their new logo, which combines the classic St. Pauli skull and crossbones … Continue reading

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Vibes, Rings and Visors

Korean Designers Kim Min-hee, Kwang-seok Jeong and Hyun-joong Kim come up with a concept for a clock, called “vibering”. The idea behind it: The clock and the corresponding rings “hear” noise and might warn (e.g. deaf) people who wear them. [vibering] So … Continue reading

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What is beautiful?

‘What is beautiful?’, obviously one the guiding questions in terms of “norm” vs. “difference”, is also the title of the latest special exhibition at HYGIENEMUSEUM (Dresden). Our visit is planned for june. So here is a little film clip to … Continue reading

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‘Speech Is Blind’ – Jacques Derrida On ‘Echo And Narcissus’

In this video document, Derrida discusses the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, linking ideas such as Echo’s repeating of Narcissus’ last words (in whatever he spoke), to the non-transparency, the ‘blindness’ that he feels characterizes all speech … however, … Continue reading

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Derrida: Memories of the Blind.

»Ich schreibe, ohne es zu sehen. Ich bin gekommen. Ich wollte Ihnen die Hand küssen. Es ist das erste Mal, das ich im Dunkeln schreibe, ohne zu wissen, ob ich Buchsta­ben bilde. Überall, wo nichts auf dem Blatt stehet, sollen … Continue reading

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Experience research live at 4010

Next Week (April 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.) we will present some insights from our research process of the project speechless. Entrance is free; refreshments will be provided We are looking forward to seeing you there! Presentation “Speechless – Researching … Continue reading

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Reading Chart

Flipside of our latest flyer for a workshop on interaction and visual impairment… [Designabilities // Tom Bieling]

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rhythm impaired – humorous campaign

US employment agencies have launched a national ad campaign to encourage businesses to employ workers with disabilities. “The ads try to challenge misconceptions about workers with disabilities by offering humorous examples of ‘differences’ among people who are already employed. Among … Continue reading

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sensory typo

A 2007 edition of ALPHABET magazine presented graphic design approaches to tactile visual styles. Varied custom braille typefaces included beveled typography for a sensory experience. via network osaka

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The Voder: first attempt to synthesise human speech

“The Bell Telephone Laboratory’s Voder* was the first attempt to synthesise human speech by breaking it down into its component sounds and then reproducing the sound patterns electronically to create speech. That sounds simple in theory and, in fact it … Continue reading

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Rebecca Horn – Finger Gloves

German contemporary performance artist and filmmaker Rebecca Horn, performing her “Finger Gloves” in 1972. The image below shows her performance piece in which she wears long balsa extensions on her fingers, an example of her body-extension creations, which play with ideas … Continue reading

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Seeing beyond Sight – Photographs by blind teenagers.

 Seing the world through blind person’s eyes?! Tony Deifell presents his photography project with blind teenagers on his website. There is also a video about the project 

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museum of disABILITIES

A nice collection on disability representation in media, as well as related topics linked to disability and medicine, society, education and advocacy we find at the museum of disABILITIES [Foto: museum of disability]

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Human Augmentation

John hockenberry and Hugh Herr at MIT world on human restauration and augmentation… watch the full clip here!

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Prototyping in SecondLife – Experiencing Disability for optimizing Accessibility

Lloyd, Birchler and Perry developed a multimedia prototype of a virtual reality application for the NCA (National Center on Accessibility). The application would allow participants to explore issues of accessibility within public parks and recreation areas. The used Second Life … Continue reading

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disability and virtual reality

As already mentioned in our recent post disability and virtual reality in our research we lay one focus on the imagery and reprasantation of disability in virtual reality (as well as in the world of mass media and pop culture), … Continue reading

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Accessible Wadden Sea

Mobility in the mudflat… [Picture (now anonymised) found at: buesum24]

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Music and Deafness

In the context of popular music, there has always been an ambivalent relation to Loudness. On the one hand, certain music needs a certain volume to be fully perceived by the audience (think of live gigs or parties), on the … Continue reading

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Roller Disco?

[picture source: unknown] How might we bring assistive products/technologies and aspects/activities of entertainment to a fruitful and enriching fusion? Let’s take pictures like the one above as a though-provoking source of inspiration.

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“Pictograms” for the Blind?

[Elevator Buttons – Braille subtitled; Foto: Tom Bieling] Taking the elevator this morning again, i was asking myself: Are there any kind of “non-visual” pictograms or icons for blind people? For me as a non-blind person my life is often … Continue reading

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Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache

[Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache; DVD Cover] My colleague Corinna, just told me about this Swiss documentary about the Sign Language Artist and Poetry Slammer Rolf Lanicca. It has recently been released on DVD. Here is the Trailer!

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