A research installation that experientially communicates the possibilities of Open Design
DESIGN RESEARCH, EXHIBITION DESIGN
Time frame: 20 weeks | 3 days a week | 2013
‘Open Structures’ is a participative experiment in which visitors become makers of a collaborative art structure. It spatially visualizes how different degrees of 'openness' in Open Design correspond with different levels of input and creative control for the participants. With this experiment I attempt to interactively illustrate the outcomes of my research on Open Design and designing participation. The eventual form and color scheme of the art structure show the distribution of preferences for different degrees of 'openness'.
Half of the time was spent on research regarding the then emerging topic of Open Design. With the use of interviews, lectures and literature on the topic I explored my own view on how Open Design would influence the design world. I took part in this project in the form of a minor at the Willem de Kooning art academy in Rotterdam. Students from all artistic disciplines were present. We had many interesting discussions about how for instance if all design would be 'open' the role of the artist/designer would shift from author to facilitator. I think this is a very relevant and natural shift given the fact that people are more and more connected with each other. In my opinion the benefit of Open Design would be the ultimate symbiosis of different relevant expertises, regardless of background or professional status. In my design I wanted to explore this view and its implications. I found a clear and simple way to communicate possible outcomes, by making an 'open' installation.
Here the different degrees of openness in Open Design are explained, related to the 4 different connector parts.
It was interesting to see that if many people would build using the same degree of openness, the structure would become very linear. This translates into the design practice in such a way that when people of similar backgrounds and expertises work together the process would be linear and the outcome might be predictable.