This happened Rotterdam #8


You are invited to This happened Rotterdam #8 at WORM! On Tuesday 23rd February 2016 we are proud to present you an evening of fascinating projects to enjoy and discuss: 

Amy Whittle & Willem Kempers – Lung

Amy Whittle and Willem Kempers will discuss their collaborative project “Lung”, a large, breathing and bubble blowing installation. During the project, initiated by Philips Design Innovation in Eindhoven, the pair researched their body through both professional and DIY data collecting and explored design methodologies for data visualisations beyond the common two dimensional. Through their process they experienced (sometimes painful) set backs due to shortcoming of knowledge in the medical and engineering fields. Yet the result shows how today’s designer is capable of being versatile.

Casper Lautenbach – Kwebl

Casper Lautenbach will talk about Kwebl, an iPad app thats helps kids aged 1 to 5 and their parents communicate using signs (NmG). Starting out as a HKU research project, it evolved into a new way of co-learning trough creative play, using the iPad as a mediator. Casper will share the upsides and pitfalls he experienced in designing a simultaneous user experience for two very different types of users. Casper currently works with startup studio Fonk Amsterdam on finishing the app for its first release.

Frank Kolkman – OpenSurgery

With the OpenSurgery initiative Frank Kolkman investigates whether DIY surgical tools could plausibly support more accessible alternatives to the often costly medical health services worldwide. Inspired by the discovery of a slew of YouTube video’s in which uninsured Americans can be seen performing basic operations for others to imitate, the project extrapolates on this phenomenon with the development of a DIY robot assisted surgery system for domestic keyhole surgery. The project aims to provoke discussion about the socioeconomic values associated with healthcare and challenges the market-driven narratives usually surrounding it.

Teun Verkerk and Joris Hoogeboom

Buqs 400B

Teun Verkerk and Joris Hoogeboom will share the story of Buqs, a colony of autonomous lifeforms that use the city as an instrument. This migrating sound artwork was a product of the fascination for interactive spaces and autonomous objects the makers developed during their studies. In the talk they will address how they used parametric design systems to create a natural variety among life forms. This resulted in desired but also unexpected outcomes in the design and behaviour of the Buqs.


In collaboration with  Designplatform Rotterdam and hosted by Worm.

Tickets will be €6,- if ordered online and €7,- at the door (first come, first served).
Boomgaardsstraat 71
2012 XA Rotterdam

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