Us humans, we walk. That’s how it is.
In cities, walking might be a trivial action, but is also an opportunity to deconstruct the way we move, rethink the relationship between our body and the space around us, reinventing our conception of public space. When we shift the barriers of our environment, this simple act of walking has the capacity to shake up our understanding of space, but also our interaction with cities and the people in them. Then the more we walk, the more the city transforms, and we walk happier.
In March 2018, the Wellesley College in Boston (one of the oldest universities on the american east coast – still for women only), invited us to give a series of workshops as part of their Concert Series. Professor Jenny Olivia Johnson hosted members of our creative team, Mouna (co-founder), Rebecca (product and environment design) and Eva (technical lead) in her class, Studies in 20th Century Music: Interactive Sound Art with Electronics.
Together with her 18 students they worked to co-design and build an interactive sound installation prototype. In this collaborative effort they envisioned what would happen when a trivial sidewalk moves, shakes, rings, sings, rises or rotates… An opportunity to continue experimenting with the art of walking, a theme we presented a few times in our projects, such as Mesa Musical Shadows.
On Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm, Mouna will give a talk about participative design at Wellesley College, followed by a public presentation of the students’ prototypes.
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More about the art of walking:
Jean Verville’s dancing golden avenue
Hamish Furton’s walking performance
Walking on water with Christo in Italy
I just got back from London where I was with Kelsey Snook to present our work and the behind the scenes thinking that drives our projects.
Our presentation was part of the Narrative in Practice : Design Symposium – a day of presentations and discussion on the role narrative plays in our everyday practice, how we use it as a tool in our work, and the impact of stories on the experiences we create.
The talk was also a chance to revist some of our Good Participation principles.
Back in New York City to present at the Festival of Ideas for the New City organised by the New Museum.
The city was taken over by hundreds of initiatives that stimulated the creative community to imagine its future and explore ideas that will shape it. We presented as part of the ExpoTENtial project, where we are currently part of Mobicode, a research lab on mobility and the city.
The festival also showcased the first project to come out of one of ExpoTENtial ten labs: Hug Worms, an hommage to the place worms can play in waste management.
Mouna was invited to co-host Core Conversation Event entitled Design Intersection: Cultural Sustainability and Civic Engagement, with Beth Ferguson. The discussion theme focused on the designers’ role in combining cultural sustainability and civic engagement to find creative solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems.
Melissa’s presenting work at the Saint-Étienne Biennale in France.
She’ll be speaking about mobility in the creative city and scenarios for alternative interactions in the public space, as part of the 23rd Entretiens Jacques-Cartier.
The conference also features Jaime Lerner, ex mayor of Curitiba, Brasil and president of the Jaime Lerner Institute, Mireille Apel-Muller from the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement based in Paris, Hiroyuki Sasaki from Kobe University of Design, Peter Wouda from Volkswagen Design Centre, Berlin, Keisuke Kitagawa from Nagoya Technology Institute, Frédéric Bonnet from the Obras agency in Saint-Étienne, Liu Jie from Jiaotong University in Shanghai, Marcela Wainstein from Buenos Aires University, Kyung Ran Choi, director of Seoul’s Design Salon, and Laëtitia Wolff from Futureflair, New York, as moderator.
In August 2010 Kelsey presented our work at the Banff Institute’s Interactive Screen: Beautiful Lives conference in Canada.
Speaking amongst experts in international technology law, experience design, bio art, and a few other rebel rousers, Kelsey presented our latest projects and gave a workshop on our participatory work method – Good Participation.