10th International UBI Summer School. Workshop C: CRITICAL MAKING: DESIGNING FOR ACTIVISM

Monday, June 10, 2019 to Saturday, June 15, 2019

International UBI Summer School is an international summer school hosted by Center for Ubiquitous Computing.  UBISS 2019 invites researchers, students, and industry and public sector professionals to gain theoretical insight and personal hands on experience on selected topics under the tutelage of distinguished experts. UBISS 2019 continues the legacy of the previous nine successful multidisciplinary UBI Summer Schools hosted by us in Oulu in 2010-2018.

UBISS 2019 comprises of four parallel 6-day “hands on” workshops (intensive courses). Workshop C: Critical Making: Designing for Activism is hosted by Fab Lab Oulu. The workshop is instructed by Assoc. Prof. Eric Paulos, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Assist. Prof. Jill Miller, University of California, Berkeley, USA and Assoc. Prof. Georgi V. Georgiev, University of Oulu, Finland.

Throughout the week, students will look at the history of protest strategies used by activist groups around the world. In parallel, they will have skill-based workshops that focus on 3D printing, laser cutting, and electronics tool kits. Inspired by the history of activism around the world, students will research and design a tool to be used at a future protest OR they will build one that could have enhanced a past protest. Some protest events and strategies students will explore include: Julia Butterfly Hill’s two-year occupation of a 1500 year old redwood tree in Northern California; The Free Speech Movement in Berkeley; Martin Luther King and civil rights protests; the Women’s March; the Occupy Movement; French Yellow Vest protests; Sea Shepherds; Pussy Riot, #MeToo movement, 2018 Rome protests, and so on. Looking to these historical moments, we will pinpoint spaces where avant garde design could have enhanced, changed or altered the protestors’ messages.

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Last updated: 13.6.2019