“ Typing is a process that discriminates most people when it comes to programming. Though, the latter is fun, and more and more relevant in a digitizing era. ”
“ Somaesthetics are not only for the Arts. They anchor meaning into one of our most basic abilities and needs : moving. ”
“ Learn programming by moving
your body. Literally. ”
“ At some point,
I've gotten frustrated staring at a screen while sitting on a chair, for hours. ”
“ Revival of pair programming. Body.processing is a dialogue. ”
“ Understanding the principles of precisely coded body motion potentially allows programmers to envision how the body can be used in their own discipline, which is also code based.
It’s important that both worlds agree upon their expectations on language precision and flow. ”
OpenLab (nowadays Collective) is the first student driven course ever established in Design Academy Eindhoven.
Initiated by Jim Brady and I, we created a rhizomatic learning experience over a semester. We, design peers, faced many challenges in terms organization, financing, human ressources, curation, education and more.
Our experimental approach has also been studied by Felix Vorbeck & Johannes Vinkler for their research on education at the Hochschule Düsseldorf.
We design our own education!
« OpenLAB is a course created by students within the Design Academy Eindhoven. The course is about exploring a new educational framework based on collaborative peer-to-peer exchange. We develop self-initiated projects, but also teach our skills and think along with everyone’s process. We put a strong emphasis on mentoring each other by making use of the conceptual and practical competences already present in the community.
We see working on a self initiated project as essential. Everybody will bring its own project to the group, sharing its process, goals and questions; confronting points of view and reflections will help one to define its own creative process, deepen one’s identity and deal with the struggles that often come along with working within a personal frame. The richness of a group made of individuals coming with their own backgrounds, skills and expectations is the defining the strength of OpenLab. We want its members to develop their own practice and confidence by using this diversity, getting inspired by each other and defining themselves by contrast.
As a group we select and invite mentors and lecturers to share their professional expertise and guidance. We also initiate partnerships and collaborations with other schools, companies and studios. This ensures that every new semester adapts to the needs of the group.
We operate as a student body developing new ways to challenge education, learning, inspiration and foremost life! »
« For me, often students are simply consuming. They pay for an education where most of them will follow the options given, as people pay for a flight where most of them will follow the rules. Why such a behavior when the possibilities are much more abundant and the empowerment so meaningful? What happens when you ask passengers of a flight to decide on their destination while they are flying? What are the personal on board made for? What does travel then mean? »