Monday, 18 July 2011

Art and Design Index to Thesis

If you are looking for thesis examples in the field of practice-based and design-led research, then this link will be of interest. It is far from being exhaustive but it gives a partial overview of works in this area.

'ADIT (Art and Design Index to Theses) has been set up with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to provide a searchable resource of research degrees in Fine Art and Design. It aims to enable research students and their supervisors to build their understanding of the contribution that their research will make to their particular field of study.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

When science talks about design

Today, DTU's Chemical Engineering Department is celebrating the still unusal collaboration between scientists and designers with an article dedicated to my last responsive installation called Reef, fruit of a collaboration with electro-active polymers' specialist Guggi Kofod and interaction designer David Gauthier. Discover this nice feature entitled 'Shaping reality with electro-active polymers' in their 2010 annual report.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Actuated Matter Workshop / Zurich / July 25-29

The Actuated Matter workshop explores the application of smart materials and their ability to transform space into responsive, adaptive environments. We will develop a speculative model for membrane structures that exhibit properties of sensitivity, resilience, and decay. By physically engaging with the behaviours of active materials, we experiment with the threshold between the electronic and mechanic, the analog and the digital. The workshop follows a do-it-yourself approach and will result in the development of sonic, luminous and moving modules that will populate and activate the environment. This workshop is part of a recent research initiative called “Emotive Environments” and emerges from a collaboration between ZHDK's Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (>), the Interaction Design Institute (>), ETH's Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (>) and London based Loop.pH Design Research Studio (

Participants will work in small groups, each be led by someone with experience in the particular field of research.

The workshop will be complemented by a final presentation and unveiling event, where you are also invited to come see the results, if you cannot attend the workshop.

The workshop is free of charge.
Application forms and more information can be found at: