Workshop: mo' to go!
Mischa Schaub, Director, Hyperwerk Institute of Post Industrial Design, Basel, Switzerland,firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past year the HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design tried to fulfill its promise madeat COINs 2010 to look into the fine art of applied swarming by exploring the question „how to swarm“.
In the meantime we do this mostly in the context of DaO:
Eight academies of art and design, all situatedwithin a radius of one hundred miles around Basel, initiated the collaborative network “Design am Oberrhein –DaO” in December 2010. The aim of this network is to respond creatively to the melting-pot situation of thethree radically different design cultures coming together at the tripoint.
In the last months we had the great experience of visiting the DaO schools with our nomadic laboratorytryplex (more about this at coins11). And in the next year we plan to try taking the next step with the projectmo'.
mo' stands for mobility. To offer mobility to students was the basic hope behind the so called Bologna reform,which has brought many european art and design education programmes close to their extinction. After ourtravelling with the tryplex lab we think to understand by now
that it might make more sense to movewhole labs around than just single students. Such nomadic groups have the advantage to bring along theirown research topics and their own learning culture. With nomadix we have shown that such groups may bewelcome guests in friendly institutions. We were happy to feel the great interest that we met from our hostsand we learned a whole lot from each institution visited. In comparison to individual academic visitors suchcollaborations between two cultures seem to produce better learning experiences for both sides.