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Prototyping the Media Lab

Brown Bag Lunch lectures

The Brown Bag Lunch lecture series invites practitioners and thinkers to join in the exchange of ideas and scenarios for a media lab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design.

CA / Media Lab
Lucerne School of Art and Design
Viscosistadt, 745, 1st floor
Nylsuissseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke

Lectures and debate are initiated and organised by Evert Ypma, Camera Arts in Fall 2017. In case of questions about the media lab, please contact:

Top images:
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, 2017
Grab ze Pussy. Alexandra Pfammatter and Lukas Stadelmann, 2016.
Thesis App. Marco de Mutiis, Camera Arts, 2015
CityScope research, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, 2017
Project call, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, 2017


Next to receiving a thorough grounding in the practices of art and design, students of art schools throughout the world also learn to think in professional abstractions within holistic art and design production chains. In today’s technological and mediated world, this means that art and design education has to embrace the growing complexity of intersections between technological, environmental, social, cultural, political, industrial and economic aspects.
These increasingly form and inform the conditions for art and design production and its use and demand a practical-reflexive practice, in which students develop the capacity to communicate their own observations and considerations during the process of making. Rather than focusing exclusively on finalized formal solutions, the essential aspect of high-level creative work moves towards prototyping a variety of scenarios, and evaluating these. Design pragmatism shifts towards design intelligence.

Future generations of artists and designers, the so-called “digital natives” of tomorrow, will have learned to code and look behind the smooth interface of software and systems. That generation will become the “makers generation”, people who are able to hack systems, 3D print, and re-assemble existing components for new functionalities. In a digital design culture and economy, bottom-up processes, small-scale production, desktop or atelier prototyping, and horizontal distribution of open knowledge are increasingly becoming the standard. Here, innovation happens in small start-up business, including art collectives and hybrid design teams. These crossbreed practices of research-based making investigate existing technologies and materials, critically evaluate production and distribution methods, and create new ones.

Regardless of the “discipline”, or whether the ‘product’ is about expanded forms of animation, transmedia image practices, digital fabrication or social media based art practices, artists and designers remain very valuable in guiding technologies and media, existing and new, towards new functions and new meaning.

The media lab initiative aims to become a place, a movement, a source of inspiration for transdisciplinary and transmedial investigation. The principle of prototyping through media lab initiated projects can be a fruitful way to respond to the contemporary and future needs of our expanding professional contexts. A key aspect of media lab thinking is to empower its members (students and staff) for making their own tools and inventing their own methods.

Labs and Lab CulturesEvert Ypma (BA Camera Arts)

Thursday 12.10.17, 12.15 – 13.15
Media Lab, 1st Floor, Room 115
Language: German

Media labs as laboratories for transdisciplinary and transmedial research and production find their origin in informal platforms, at universities and (start-up) companies dating back to the 1980s. Addressed will be a panoramic overview of historic and contemporary examples of media labs including their drivers, intentions and ambitions in relation to projects and lab contexts, and their connection to social environments. Project outcomes and the quality criteria that serve as orientation will be explored. Also highlighted will be the question of how processes and projects are legitimized and funded.

Evert Ypma
CA / Media Lab


Tom Pawlofsky (BA Object Design – Digital Fabrication) and Dr. Jan Eckert (MA Design) in dialogue with Evert Ypma

Thursday 19.10.17, 12.15 – 13.15
Media Lab, 1st Floor, Room 115
Language: German

This session addresses contemporary digital production methods and how we can understand these culturally. What are the implications when citizens and consumers can produce objects, tools and components themselves? What is the relation between technological progress (e.g. availability of digital fabrication equipment) and the economy of small-scale self-production? How do art and design schools respond to and anticipate present-day and future developments concerning education and research? How are these technologies made accessible to young designers and artists?

Tom Pawlofsky

Craftwise GmbH
Dr. Jan Eckert



Media Lab Dialogue with Andres Wanner, Dragica Kahlina, Marcel Uhr (BA/BSc Digital Ideation) in dialogue with Evert Ypma

Thursday 26.10.17, 12.15 – 13.15
Media Lab, 1st Floor, Room 115
Language: German

This session will explore media lab practices at the nexus of information technology and design. Through brief presentations the team of Digital Ideation will give insights into their methods and processes. Which conditions are important for creative media experimentation within a media lab? What are ideal scenarios for endeavoring a media lab in the Lucerne School of Art and Design?

Andres Wanner
Dragica Kahlina
Dr. Marcel Uhr
Evert Ypma

Flyer opening Critical Media Lab FHNW, 2014
Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis (FHNW; Basel, Critical Media Lab & Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM), FHNW Basel

Thursday 07.12.17, 12.15 – 13.15
Media Lab, 1st Floor, Room 115
Language: German

Claudia Mareis will share her experiences in the Critical Medial Lab, which she has initiated and developed at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. The lab, which is part of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures facilitates experimental and research-based production across various mediums and technologies and beyond that, also serves as a nucleus for dialogue and critical media discourse.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis

Visual identity Fotomuseum Winterthur. Simon Davies, 2015
Marco de Mutiis:
Media Lab Experiments, Camera Arts – Media Lab / SITUATIONS, Digital curator Fotomuseum Winterthur

Thursday 09.11.17, 12.15 – 13.15
Media Lab, 1st Floor, Room 115
Language: English

In this session Marco de Mutiis will show and elaborate his practical media lab experiments developed with Camera Arts students. In addition, Marco will give insights about the SITUATIONS program at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, a format about contemporary and experimental image practices and discourse, which he leads as Digital Curator.

Marco de Mutiis

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