Date:14 May 2015
    Price:Free entrance
    Location:Radio Royaal
    Street:Ketelhuisplein 10
    Zip code:5617 AE
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    Posted in open lab, 06th of May, 2015

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    Open Lab at DITfest
    Open Hack-the-Body Lab

    Are you interested in creative projects that involve biometric data or any other relationship between technology and the Human body? Baltan Laboratories invites you to join our Open Hack-the-Body Lab at DITfest.

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    The entire afternoon is built around Hack-the-Body related projects that are looking for your input and feedback. The Open Hack-the-Body lab is about sharing and helping each other. Projects can benefit from the participants’ input and participants can benefit from the projects. Participants are invited to experiment and play. Together with thinkers and creators we want to establish a fun and hands-on afternoon that might be the starting point for some new and surprising ideas. The lab is free and open for everyone, if you want to join please register

    Confirmed participating projects

    Alissa + Nienke. Dialogue 01
    Dialogue 01 is an investigation of our interaction with the spaces we inhabit, translating internal bodily processes to tactile surfaces. Alissa + Nienke use heart rate and breathing monitors, commonly used in medical science, that also allow for a fruitful investigation of our interaction with the spaces we inhabit. Dialogue 01 is an ongoing collaboration with Bin Yu, Designed Intelligence, TU/e.

    Rowan Verbraak. Patrun
    How can a long forgotten craftsmanship, originating from the old Celts, enhance contemporary clothing? Celtic knotwork, as it is called, had pure decorative purposes, yet it always held a soul. Patrun makes these intriguing patterns tangible through clothing, but also interactive! With the craft of manual knotwork, conductive cords that function as squeeze sensors are bound together into complex Celtic patterns that visually invite the wearer to explore the flow of the cords by touch. As Patrun just left its starting blocks, Rowan Verbraak is looking for your feedback to guide it in the best direction possible. To look at where this new type of garment can make a positive contribution to our lives, our society or even more.

    Govert Flint. Segregation of joy
    By observing dancers of the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Govert Flint found movements that can be applied daily. Full body movement correlates with feelings of happiness. And yet, we spend days sitting behind a computer. To make working with on a computer more dynamic, Govert made an exo-skeleton chair that allows the body to move freely. Programmer Sami Sabik worked on the digital translation. Changing the body’s gravity point moves the mouse and just kick a chair leg to click. With this chair, our bodies are once again functional, stimulating regular movement. After all, that’s what we were designed to do.

    Jasper Kloosterboer. Code Composer
    As designers we are on the brink of a new digital era, in which many designers tend to dwell in the past. It’s becoming a programmer’s world and we need to learn the language. Because how are you going to convey your ideas, if you can not speak the language? I set out to develop a way to learn about programming in a more visual manner. Through infrared scanning it is possible to compose music from printed images. Not only is this a way for designers to learn a bit more about programming, it is also a platform for the more code-savvy people to play with. Twelve infrared provide information individually about the print that is being scanned. You can bring any of your MIDI equipped musical gear and control it with a picture - even one with you and your grandmother. 

    Ricky van Broekhoven. Soundlab
    In the '60's professor Hans Jenny did extensive research to the phenomena of sound. He experimented with the effect of sound vibrations on matter like fluids and powders. He showed that through his devices sound appears in marvelous shapes. Hans Jenny called this cymatics. The outcome of his experiments make you wonder the shape of nature and our bodies. SoundShapeLab elaborates on cymatics research. What if these experiments are connected to the human body and the sounds it produces?

    Emma van Zoelen. Craft Stories
    Everyone has objects that are special to them, objects of emotional value. They give us nostalgic thoughts and make us reminisce about past events, people or places.   Knitted material has properties connected to this. To make optimal use of these properties, I want to create an interaction that will provide a remembering experience, focused on personal reminiscence and reflection.  The tactile diairy enables people to whisper their secrets and memories to a dynamic object, which translates this into movement of the surface and echoing sounds. It provides a ritual of storytelling to yourself, using touch and hearing. It is an abstract way of becoming nostalgic and knowing that good times will always come.


    We encourage you to bring in your own project. If you are interested please contact Desta Matla at

    This Open Lab session is part of the DITfest program (Do It Together Festival): a new initiative on STRIJP-S. 

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