ESAD - Valenciennes




mentor/
Lorenzo Gerbi 
Corradino Garofalo
Raphaël Coutin

theme/
ME, MYSELF & THE CITY


students/
Bachelor & Master
Art & design 


Date/
21 April - 28 April 2018


Location/
Baltan Laboratories 



Through the workshop, we will aim to define our stands as designers through the interaction in the context of Eindhoven. We want to experience a linear process of creation, where mistake and hesitation become part of the final outcome. The constant dialogue between the designer and his perception of the surrounding space will take shape into a new and unique kind of physical interface.

We will question our perception of space and our surrounding. How as designers we see the world? Can a design artifact define and change our perception? If so, how can we share our standpoint through a mask or any kind of wearable?

We will contemplate the city of Eindhoven, its landscapes, spaces, and environment to find the place that could help each student as a designer to express their message. The way we look at our surrounding is also the way we tend to act on the same, therefore as designers what we create defines our interaction with the specific environment. To do that we will engage with the sitting act. Each student will have the same starting point which will inevitably evolve differently according to their personal perspective and context they choose to work with.


As a design method, we will use an accumulative learning process. The tryouts, experiments, and failed attempts will define our design strategy. We want the adhocratic sum to define our outcomes, rather than a clean sheet every time, erasing and starting all over. Our first model will define the next interaction and successively till the device is finished. This process will also allow us to reverse engineer the outcome to find the reasons, and steps in our process, our failures, and choices. Somehow the final piece will be a map of our experience.

We expect an object, a sculpture, an interface to understand you, the creator, within the city of Eindhoven.




mentor/
Joan Vellvé Rafecas
Corradino Garofalo
Raphaël Coutin

theme/
TABOOS


students/
Bachelor & Master
Art & design 


Date/
28 April - 5 May 2017


Location/
Plug-in-City 2017



This workshop dives into taboos and aims to understand the line drawn in different society between what is permitted and prohibited, between the correct and the disapproved, between the social and antisocial.

This workshop aims to discover tools designers have to communicate and express their opinion and their vision but also how the designer uses her/his body to articulate a story. The student will explore a societal taboo and design an artifact or a space in which the topic will be asserted and illustrate in a performative way. As designers we design our surrounding, the object we interact with but how could those elements react and help us communicating our statement.

We will use the context of Plug-in-City to propagate our point of view on certain taboos. We expect the result of this workshop to be a performative act in a specific spot of PiC, the student will design the space and all elements: artefact prostetics (...etc) necessary for her/his action.

The week will start with two days of exercises to get into a provocative mood. We will experiment and get familiar with the space of PiC and with the materials we have at our disposal. After that, we will jump into the core of the workshop. Students will be working in pairs and decide on a taboo, a sensitive topic to explore. We expect the topic to be based on a personal experience and that it will push the designer to take a clear position and make a strong statement.

In addition, the development of the work and thoughts will be gathered by the students, in collaboration. They will have the task to communicate all the projects outside of Plug-in-City and unify them behind a common banner.




mentor/
Joan Vellvé Rafecas
Corradino Garofalo
Raphaël Coutin

theme/
HOSPITALITY


students/
Bachelor & Master
Art & design 


Date/
23 April - 30 April 2016


Location/
Plug-in-City 



This workshop aims to explore the topic of hospitality. It is based on the will to empower personal perspectives and to create dialogue for collaboration. From the starting point of a personal trigger through the workshop, a constant back and forth will be developed; from concept to image, drawing to maquette, thought to intervention, we will explore the limitations of hospitality, collaboration and individual.

We expect the result of this workshop would leave several interventions on the plug in city terrain that foster people’s experience of Plug-in-City.

In addition, the development of our work, thoughts and collaboration will be gather along the week by the students and mentors to constitue an physical archive of reflections, pictures, samples... This archive will be growing in the ‘Vertical Gallery’ of FC. It will become a tool to understand and take a step back of our process of designing.