hack a process
manipulating materials – modifying technologies

Semesterprojekt
Komplexes Gestalten, Wintersemester 2018/19
bei Prof. Mareike Gast, Philipp Witte, Karl Schikora
ab 3. Studienjahr Bachelor, ab 1. Studienjahr Master

The mastering of technologies and an intensive exploration of materials are firmly linked to the design process. This always requires comprehensive knowledge of the possibilities and limitations that each technology brings with it.

Finding a creative way of dealing with these limits, consciously expanding limitations and understanding them as potential characterizes the process of “hacking” and actually also that of design.

The aim of this project was to identify the limiting conditions of a technology, material or a habit and to manipulate, influence, adapt or modify it in an exploratory and meaningful way. Fixed process links were taken out of context, re-embedded and extended.

Step by step, we developed the topic through interdisciplinary workshops, fair and institute visits as well as lectures by diverse guests. 

The recognition of one’s own freedom in dealing with technologies, materials, behaviour, habits or even tradition as a conscious design method contributed to the development of surprising, innovative products, tools and processes.

 

with the following projects:

Alexander Rex: They are the Eggmen

Dani Nikitenko: Beyond Pleasure

Hauke Odendahl: UNION project

Johannes Voelchert: PRESSURE-MADE

Josua Roters: How to Use a Pen

Julia Rademacker: Sensual Tools

Leopold Zaumseil: SOLID CURRENTS

Luis Undritz: Roachability

Maria Tagliabue: Valuables

Matilde Félix: disPLAY

Yang Ni: Ich seh` das anders