Three months, countless days and nights, and a day to present: nine teams presented their semester projects on the 26th of January at the foyer of Building 04 for the Studio class “air wind breath” by Profs. Uwe Gellert and Carmen Luippold. Their projects looked into the different aspects of the topic and its aesthetic, social, environmental, philosophical, political and/or economic dimensions, and explored the possibilities of solving current and future issues regarding our use of the air that we breathe and the space that we share.
Present for the occasion were all the MAIDs of the current semester, some of the MAIDs from the thesis semester, MA Intermediales Design (German-language Master program) students, selected professors, and other students from the Design Department.
Prof. Gellert opened the presentations by giving a recap of what the course was all about, the journey into today, and the produced outcomes. Prof. Luippold also gave some of her thoughts afterwards.
The first group to present was Oroshi Industries (Stuart Miller, Elena Penni, Murat Beran Erdogan, Sarang Oh, and Andres Quintero) and their two products: Kinnara is a lightweight, portable, and soundless drone that creates a pressure difference in the head of the user to create a seamless area of clean air (which can be merged with other users as well), which can be paired with a can of Rairified, packaged air captured from the most pristine locations in the world.
Next up were Pablo Porta, Samreen Azam, Laura Hidalgo, and Tasneem Al-Omari and their exploration into Proxemics, with the help of three products that address the issue of personal space in public situations. Their inspirations came from a novel, an old legal code, and a Guns N’ Roses song.
Afterwards, the trio of Andres Delgado, Juan Angel Cardenas, and Adrian Ramos presented their Future Food Lab that is a compact all-in-one product that processes food from novel sources such as beansprouts, medicinal herbs, and even worms to address the issue of food production and its impact to both consumers and to the environment.
The group of Andrea Cuellar, Deniz Bagheri, Estefania Eid, and Guilherme Martinez tackled the challenge that asthmatic children face everyday with their program called Fi’s Academy for Superheroes, teaching them ways to avoid allergens yet giving them opportunity to enjoy their childhood through interactive games and exercises.
Hector Daniel Vargas, Mazin Ali, and Carolina Lasso are Team Taiki, and together they made a collection of products of experience called Zephyr that takes inspiration from the architectural definition of space and transforming these concepts into tangible elements that trigger feelings and emotions in human beings such as heat, blowing wind, and cramped space.
____ the smell is the project of Daniela Chavarria Aguilar, Laura Castiblanco Prieto, Laura Navarro, and Fernanda Enrigue, which visualizes smells through a system of description that they applied in print cards, stickers, and a phone app, transcending cultural disparities, tapping into the plentiful data that can be derived from the air, and help people with anosmia (impairment in the sense of smell) identify a wide variety of smells – from the appetizing to the life-threatening.
Udi is the flying child-friendly robot created by Latika Nehra, Jessica Luque, and Betari Ratrianto that helps teach young children appreciate keeping the air clean. Powered by a wrist module and a compact drone, it identifies the pollution level of the surrounding air through the height of its flight; it can also be controlled by children through hand gestures.
Anna Clark and Clara Cristina Rego created an online platform called Paths of Potential for people to address air pollution and become responsible in the use of public space; it uses existing examples in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen to inspire people to take action and adopt to a new lifestyle that is less damaging to the air that we all share.
Finally, Make some noise! by Mohamed Ali Ghouila, Tuaha Bader, and Imam Ridwan records city sounds that may be considered as mere pollutants of the auditory experience, and turns them into musical elements that people can play with through a touchscreen surface installed in public places such as bus stops or parks, and share them through their account or in social media.
The presentations ended on a resounding note, with both professors thanking their students for their work for the semester.
All of these exhibitions, as well as student works from the Design Didactics, Photography, Project Refinement expertise courses were available to be seen during the Dessau Design Schau open day exhibitions.
Photographs by Sam Sanchez.