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Symbiotic Systems Workshop

Symbiotic Systems is a design exercise to explore how to adapt a machine to natural systems, with focus in the specific landscape from Amstelpark.
By: Ivan Henriques – artist
Date: 29 to 30 April 2016
Apply: info@machinewilderness.net  –  before April 01
max 10 participants (please include a short motivation)
We’ll brainstorm with the participants about the needs and functions of a bio-robotic structure inspired by the park’s landscape. Investigate how the relationship between this hybrid system and the resources and opportunities the park offers and re-think about a different equation: how to adapt machines to natural systems, looking at the environment as a partner from which we can learn to attempt to communicate with the living and non-living environment.
Concepts of post-humanism and autopoiesis will be the basis of the workshop.
Day 01 – fri 29 April, morning:
•    Explanation about Ivan Henriques’ works: Bio-Machine evolution
•    Presentation of the participants
•    Discussion about the workshop and final goal
•    Division of the groups
Material: paper A3, pen, pencil, colour pen
Day 01 – fri 29 April, afternoon:
•    Groups explore Amstelpark
•    Bring/discuss ideas
•    Map Amstelpark and the group will underline on the map their choices of places
Material: Printed map from Amstelpark (size A0), thumbtacks, thin ropes (different colours), pen, pencil, colour pen, stickers (different colours)
Day 02 first part – sat 30 April:
•    Discussion with their team and myself the design of the bio-robotic structure for their specific place
•    Participants design & prototype robotic structure
Day 02 second part – sat 30 April: (if confirmed the participation from Laser Lab Amsterdam)
•    workshop with Laser Lab Amsterdam (bio-solar cells)
•    discuss about other possible energy sources
see for more information www.machinewilderness.net