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Embodied Interaction HS2017

TOPIC: Embodied Fabrication 


Dr Joëlle Bitton
Luke Franzke
Florian Wille
Office hours by appointment
The course runs from 21.11.17 to 15.12.17, see timetable below for hours and classrooms.

Overview and Objectives

The course proposes an examination and speculation of technologies as they related to Embodied Interaction : mobile computing, wearable interfaces, location-based interactions and digital fabrication...
This examination covers societal, ethical and social influences.

This year, the course puts an emphasis on 'Embodied Fabrication', where digital fabrication is approached from the perspective of embodiment.
With more flexible and more accessible modes of fabrication, and with social aspects of fabrication emerging in recent years, we have the opportunity to investigate ways that we can transform our physical selves and environments.

During this module, we'll uncover some of these possibilities by designing and informing body orthotics with personal data. By group of 3, you'll propose such form of body extension.
Design factors may include:
• material intimacy
• processes of fabrication / physical interactions that impact digital fabrication
• wearability
• performative aspects

Your work will encounter some of these research questions:

Expectations and Gradings

Grades will be based on group presentations and exercises, class participation, documentation (journal) and final work. 
Contributing to constructive group feedback is an essential aspect of class participation. 
Regular attendance is required. Two or more unexcused absences will affect the final grade. Arriving late on more than one occasion will also affect the grade.

Final work 50% 

Group exercises/presentations 20% 

Journal Documentation 20% 

Class participation 10% 

Any assignment that remains unfulfilled receives a failing grade.  


Course outline and Contents 

Tools and Software


Team 1: Adonis Bou Chakra, Fabrice Spahn, Enea Francesco Ingellis

Team 2: Lara Natalia Hänny, Maude Kyra Alexandra Richner, Andreas Dobler

Team 3: Mariana Pote, Jonatan Wetter, Alexander Blaschek

Team 4: Severin Candrian, Claudio Rainolter, Nadine Cocina

Team 5: Fernando Obieta, Gabriel Bach, Nadine Prigann


Rhino and Grasshopper basics workshop on 23rd of November



Arduino wireless sensor kit


Embodied Interaction: Exploring the Foundations of a New Approach to HCI

Creating physical visualizations with makervis

Supporting the design and fabrication of physical visualizations



Magnetic Movie

Technorama Building (analog wind visualization)

Experimental study of apparent behavior

Study for Fifteen Points

Parametric design and Digital Fabrication for Inflatables