Workshop: Design x Archaeology x Mashup

SHOT + ArtScience Museum Singapore

Building on exchanges between National University of Singapore (NUS) colleagues, the Sussex Digital Humanities Lab and local maker communities in Singapore, I organised a hands-on workshop to explore ‘found’ artifacts through media, design and historical methods with Dr. Sally Jane Norman. 
The workshop was made possible thanks to a Santander Mobility Grant, the generosity of the ArtScience Museum’s wonderful Rainbow Room and the 2015 Society of the Histories of Technology (SHOT) conference.

“Both qualitative and quantitative design methods use social and cognitive sciences as their point of reference. In the last decade we have started to witness growing interest in merging these methods with creative, hands-on practices coming from the arts, humanities, philosophy and even literature as a source of design ideas and methods. In this participatory workshop, we will explore artifacts from the banal to the sophisticated. Inspired by Tate collection remixes, design fictions and early wearables kits, we will then play-test a series of critical design + making methods by creating our own media archaeology mashup fictions. Together, we will understand the possibilities of using histories of science and technology as inspirations for new design and teaching methods that integrate media archaeologies.”

Over 20 attendees collaborated enthusiastically in the workshop, which allowed us to leverage both academic and maker networks to build a solid basis for future interactions. Participants were Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, British, French, German, Bulgarian, Czech, American, Canadian, and New Zealand nationals, and came from academic and arts institutions including National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technical University, and Lasalle College of the Arts, the Sustainable Living Lab, National Design Centre, FabCafe Singapore, Betwixt Festival, and Singapore Makerfaire.