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Pirates of theDanube

  1. 1. Hello!  Thanks  Melinda  for  invi3ng  us  here.  We  run  a  small  design  studio  in  London  (mostly!)  called  Superflux.  
  2. 2. We design forEmerging technologies,Societies in flux,The imminently probable.
  3. 3. Place the drawing at the back of a piece of paper.Here’s  a  liDle  pub  drawing  of  our  vision  for  Superflux  -­‐  of  how  we  work.  Through  our  Consultancy  we  work  hands  on  with  clients  to  design  interac3ons:  products,  experiences  or  services.    And  through  the  Lab  we  like  to  push  the  boundaries  and  do  more  experimental  work  -­‐  we  explore  the  poten3al  and  also  implica3ons  of  new  and  emerging  technologies  on  our  everyday  lives  -­‐  we  do  this  research  because  it  furthers  the  discipline,  our  interests  and  helps  us  con3nue  to  grow  and  push  boundaries..  And  that  bright  spot  where  they  overlap  is  what  we  call  the  ‘sweet  spot’  where  -­‐  the  merger  of  the  now  and  the  possible  future  can  lead  to  what  you  might  call:  “innova3on”.  
  4. 4. Innovation Workshops Experience Prototypes Design Futurscaping Concept Scenarios Ideas Strategy Stories Consultancy Superflux Lab Films NOW FUTURE SWEET SPOT Superflux Ltd | London, UK | 2011Here’s  a  neater  version  of  the  same  :)  
  5. 5. Clients and CommissionersA glimpse of our clients and commissioners
  6. 6. .And  some  examples  of  our  work.  We  explore  the  poten3als  and  implica3ons  of  emerging  technologies  on  society  and  the  environment.  Our  work  takes  the  form  of  applica3ons  and  products,  but  also  stories,  films,  images  and  props.  
  7. 7. THE BENTWOOD CHAIR by Michael ThonetSo  whats  the  workshop  about.  Let  us  start  with  some  context.  Tradi3onally  the  role  of  the  designer  in  industrial  society  is  to  drive  economic  growth  by  adding  value  to,  and  or,  aiding  in  the  produc3on  of  goods  and  services.  When  Michael  Thonet  first  introduced  his  bentwood  chair  (the  14  now  known  today  as  the  214  chair)  in  Vienna  in  1859,  liDle  did  he  know  that  he  had  created  what  would  become  the  first  mass-­‐produced  chair  in  the  world.  
  8. 8. “The interesting thing is the product, not the person." James DysonAnd  the  design  industry  that  followed  has  tradi3onally  seen  the  role  of  designer  help  in  the  design  and  delivery  of  consumer  products  that  are  defined  by  brands  and  markets  in  the  ‘free  economy’.  
  9. 9. BUT... THINGS ARE CHANGING! AS DESIGNERS, HOW DO WE SHIFT PARAMETERS AND STILL MONETISE? IS IT POSSIBLE?We  are  experiencing  some  changes  in  that  system:  current    stormy  economic  environment,  and  with  the  forecast  for  more  trouble  on  the  horizon  in  the  form  of  over  popula3on,  peak  oil  and  global  warming  to  name  but  a  few,  Europe:  credit  crunch,  crisis,  rescue  plans  where  are  we  heading,  as  designers  what  is  our  role  in  this  change  landscape:  We  are  taught  to  mone3se  -­‐  but  in  these  changes  3mes,  how  do  we  shi[  the  parameters  and  s3ll  mone3se?
  10. 10. Trade Union Demonstration, Budapest, April 9, 2011Even  here,  in  Hungary  things  are  no  different.  Just  few  days  ago  you  had  a  big  trade  union  protest.  While  EU  finance  ministers  on  Saturday  met  in  Godollo,  Hungary  to  defend  harsh  austerity  measures  as  a  necessary  means  to  defeat  the  current  debt  crisis,  thousands  of  trade  union  members  marched  in  the  main  city  to  protest  against  austerity  those  same  measures.)
  11. 11. 1st Peak Oil GraphDemand  is  staying  the  same  or  rising,  while  supply  is  staying  the  same,  so  that  pushes  the  price.  Since  the  economy  is  changing  so  rapidly  -­‐  and  in  turn  our  everyday  lives,  we’d  like  this  workshop  to  address  this  issue  by  raising  a  set  of  ques3ons.  
  12. 12. What alternative roles might designers take? What new strategies and ideas might the ‘design community‘ employ in response to these challenges?This  raises  some  key  ques3ons.  
  13. 13. DOTT DESIGN PROJECT | LED BY JOHN THACKARA, UK h"p://www.do"07.com/
  14. 14. Mobile Shelter for the Homeless | Paul Elkins h"p://www.fastcompany.com/1594990/a-­‐mobile-­‐homeless-­‐shelter-­‐you-­‐wouldnt-­‐mind-­‐living-­‐inSure,  the  225-­‐pound  shelter  is  Eny  and  has  no  room  to  stand,  but  thats  not  the  point.  It  provides  everything  you  need,  including  a  kichen,  rest/sleeping  area,  and  makeshiI  washroom,  and  it  can  be  easily  carted  around  from  street  to  street.  The  roof  also  acts  as  a  raincatcher,  and  a  tank  collects  water  for  later  use.  An  overflow  feature  lets  excess  water  drain  to  the  ground.  At  the  very  least,  the  mobile  homeless  shelter  beats  grocery-­‐cart  living-­‐-­‐or  even,  say,  renEng  a  studio  in  Williamsburg,  Brooklyn.  And  we  can  imagine  that  the  cart  could  be  useful  at  fesEvals-­‐-­‐i.e.  Burning  Man-­‐-­‐where  protecEon  from  the  elements  is  criEcal.
  15. 15. Ark.Inc | Jon Ardernh"p://www.jonardern.com/projects/ark-­‐inc/index.html
  16. 16. RECYCLED RIGS: Abandoned Oil Platforms as Ocean Mini-Cities?What happens when we move from severing corporateinterests to the interests of the community? Or where they both meet?
  17. 17. Bank on a Boat | Luzia Moraes h"p://on.wsj.com/qTdIOLMost bank managers fret about bad loans or a run on deposits. Luzia Moraes has to worry about a leak in the hull,bandits and rainstorms that keep clients away for weeks. Ms. Moraes, a 43-year-old former housewife, is at the helm ofa swashbuckling new venture in Brazil—as manager of the first floating bank branch on the Amazon river system. Froma riverboat, she peddles banking services in a frontier where people don’t have much money—let alone experience withATMs, savings accounts or personal loans. besides supporting a bank branch and carrying passengers, the 125-foot,triple-decker Voyager III stocks 500 tons of beans, chicken, bleach and other goods that it sells over a 1,000-milecourse and a dozen ports of call.
  18. 18. Protei, a robotic solution to oil spills | Cesar Harada & Team h"ps://sites.google.com/a/opensailing.net/protei/home
  19. 19. RECYCLED RIGS: Abandoned Oil Platforms as Ocean Mini-Cities?How can new tools of rapid prototyping, bio-hacking, andDIY culture as a whole be used to create new economies? 
  20. 20. Maker Bot and London Hackspace Meetup h"p://www.makerbot.com/
  21. 21. DIYBio | New York Group h"p://diybionyc.blogspot.com/DIYBio,  NYC:  The  day  started  out  auspiciously,  with  the  Tompkins  Square  Greenmarket  giving  us  a  primo  spot  on  Avenue  A  to  set  up  our  DNA  ExtracEon  Party  table.  We  laid  out  all  our  supplies-­‐  dish  detergent,  plasEc  champagne  glasses,  salt,  meat  tenderizer,  etc.-­‐  on  our  bright  green  table  with  a  cool  poster  of  our  logo  in  front.  The  day  was  sunny  and  perfect  for  DNA-­‐making.  -­‐  What  are  you  doing?"  and  when  we  replied  "extracEng  DNA"  the  second  quesEon  was  always  "Why,  what  can  you  DO  with  it?"  The  answer  they  seemed  to  like  best  was  "test  it  to  see  if  the  fruit  was  geneEcally  engineered".  The  second  most  popular  answer  was  "if  all  the  strawberries  on  earth  were  wiped  out,  you  could  recreate  them  with  whats  in  your  li"le  test  tube-­‐  just  like  Jurassic  Park  but  without  the  bloodshed".
  22. 22. Environmental Health Clinic | Natalie Jeremijenko
  23. 23. RECYCLED RIGS: Abandoned Oil Platforms as Ocean Mini-Cities?What services might we design if our constraintsmove from concerns about legal implications topersonal ethical considerations?
  24. 24. Slave City | Atelier Van Lieshout h"p://www.archdaily.com/30114/slave-­‐city-­‐atelier-­‐van-­‐lieshout/A  concept  for  a  self-­‐sustaining,  zero-­‐carbon  prison  city,  SlaveCity  can  be  described  as  a  sinister  distopian  project,  which  is  verra3onal,  efficient  and  profitable  (7  billion  euro  net  profit  per  year).  It  is  a  green  town  where  everything  is  recycled  and  a  city  that  does  not  squander  the  world’s  resources.  Values,  ethics,  aesthe3cs,  moral,  food,  energy,  economics,  organiza3on,  management  and  market  are  turned  upside-­‐down,  mixed  and  reformulated  and  designed  into  a  town  of  200.000  inhabitantsThe  ‘inhabitants’  work  for  seven  hours  each  day  in  office  jobs  and  seven  hours  in  the  fields  of  inside  the  workshop,  before  being  allowed  three  hours  of  relaxa3on  before  they  sleep  for  seven  hours.  
  25. 25. Recycled Rigs: Abandoned Oil Platforms as Ocean Mini-Cities | Ku Yee Kee and Hor Sue-Wern h"p://dornob.com/recycled-­‐rigs-­‐abandoned-­‐oil-­‐plaaorms-­‐as-­‐ocean-­‐mini-­‐ciEes/It  is  hard  to  believe  that  there  are  companies  capable  of  crea3ng  (rela3vely)  robust  structures  far  out  at  sea,  (usually)  capable  of  withstanding  extreme  weather  and  las3ng  for  decades  or  longer.  But  their  use  in  harves3ng  ‘black  gold’  from  the  ocean  floor  is  limited,  as  alterna3ves  are  (hopefully)  developed  and  spill  risks  increasingly  recognized.  Here  is  one  vision  for  how  one  turn  such  relics  into  semi-­‐submerged  habitats  and  give  them  a  new  architectural  lease  on  life.
  26. 26. RECYCLED RIGS: Abandoned Oil Platforms as Ocean Mini-Cities?If instead of designing for the free market,what if we designed for the street, or black market?
  27. 27. Pan-City Feral Cider Business | Power of 8 h"p://powerof8.org.uk/?p=587
  28. 28. Home Restaurant | Budapest
  29. 29. “Wherever there is a fundamentaldisagreement about what is rightas well as a connection to theglobal market, deviantentrepreneurs are there to meetthe unfulfilled demand.In meeting our collective desires,they see the differences in notionsof public good, morality, and healthas bankable market opportunities”
  30. 30. PIRATES OF THE DANUBEIn  the  context  of  these  ques3ons,  we’d  like  to  propose  the  workshop  for  the  next  three  days,  as  ‘Pirates  of  the  Danube’.  
  31. 31. YOU ARE THE PIRATES!
  32. 32. Apple Shell Human Trafficking Mainstream Deviant Economy Pirates of the Danube EconomyIn  this  workshop  you,  the  designers  and  makers  and  technologists,  all  par3cipants  will  explore  this  rather  interes3ng  space  between  the  ‘main  stream’  and  ‘deviant’  economies.  
  33. 33. Mainstream Deviant Informal Illegal EconomyEconomy Pirates of the DanubePlojng  an  exploratory  course  though  the  ocean  of  ethical,  moral  and  legal  ambiguity:  From  organ  farming  to  home  restaurants  and  copyright  infringement  to  river  piracy.
  34. 34. foraging   dumpster  diving open  source  soIware street  hawking smuggling home  restaurants drug  selling allotments organ  selling freecycle Hawala pirate  radio Informal Illegal Economy Pirates of the Danube Economy copyright  infringement river  piracy secret  cinema corrupEon street  art couch  surfing malware squat  parEesguerilla  gardening human  traffickingHere  are  some  examples  of  what  might  be  considered  ‘informal’  and  what  might  be  ‘illegal’  and  things  which  fall  on  the  edges  of  the  too.  We  con3nue  to  think  of  those  grey  areas  in  between  these  different  economies.  
  35. 35. Legal and ethically neutral Illegal but ethically neutralInformal Illegal Pirates of the Danube EconomyEconomy Legal but ethically problematic Illegal and ethically problematicNow  here’s  the  challenge.  We  want  you  to  create  your  projects  while  thinking  deeply  about  the  ethical  implica3ons  of  that  idea.  Some3mes  an  economic  idea  might  be  ethically  neutral  but  illegal,  while  at  other  3mes  it  might  be  ethically  problema3c  and  s3ll  neutral.  Could  we  as  designers  consider  such  consequences  of  our  work  too?  (and  as  a  note,  some,mes  four  quadrants  can  be  quite  good.)      
  36. 36. Your Location: The Danube[Par,cipants  will  select  a  specific  area  of  interest  within  this  larger  theme  and  create  design  proposals  and  prototypes  during  the  workshop.  A  trip  to  the  Danube  with  appropriate  pirate-­‐gear  might  be  necessary.]
  37. 37. Get your pirate gear on and lets set sail!
  38. 38. “Forget trying to pass for normal. Get weird. Get wayweird. Get dangerously weird. Put every ounce ofhorsepower you have behind it. Dont become a well-rounded person. Well-rounded people are smooth anddull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikesfrom every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish."Bruce Sterling
  39. 39. Thank You@superflux | hello@superflux.in

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