People: Karmen Franinović (IAD, ZHDK), Florian Wille (IAD, ZHDK), Roman Kirschner (Liquid Things)

Location: LIQUID THINGS Project Space (EG 15), Vordere Zollamstrasse 3, 1030 Wien

Dates: Oct. 8-10, 2012 (starting at 10am)

Materials: Electroactive Polymers (EAP), Electrorheological Fluids (ERF), Polycarbonate Foils, Carbon Powder
Processes: Contraction, Expansion, Flow, Reiteration, Warping

Focus: The first workshop in our series wants to rethink and widen the ways in which Electroactive Polymers have been used and developed in science and design labs as muscle-like actuators. We will introduce their basic functioning and provide know-how and materials to build modules developed by IAD researchers, and reflect on the ways such materials transform our ways of creating and thinking movement in art, architecture and design.  Furthermore, we will show the results of our recent experiments which want to take the common EAP application into new directions and try to confront EAPs with Electrorheological Fluids. Participants are invited to learn how to work with EAPs and are asked to contribute actively in the extension of the material‘s known possibilities.

The Department of Ontological Patchworks (DOP) will send a special envoy to accompany the workshop.

Participation: limited to 15 people. If you want to participate, please send a short email to before Oct. 5.

Karmen Franinovic is an architect and interaction designer working with critical and playful uses of technology in everyday life. She is the head of Interaction Design BA and MA programs in Zurich University of the Arts.ć

Florian Wille is an industrial- and interaction designer. He is a research assistant at the interaction design group in Zurich University of the Arts.

Links: Alive Spaces (a collection of videos of previous workshop results)