JRC Makers-in-Residence Edition #1
JRC Makers-in-Residence Edition #1
Edition #1 of the JRC makers-in-residence programme covered two main themes:
- Pollinators decline: can you make the difference?
- Youth: a life through a pandemic
Five makers were selected and offered a fully-funded residency and a close collaboration with JRC staff, in Ispra, in connection with the local scientific community – mainly experts on pollination, social scientists, and members of the maker community – as well as with other external experts with interconnected interest and projects.
During the residency, makers were asked to produce a tangible outcome, be it a workshop, a prototype, an artwork, or an exhibition, each of which reflects the personal nature of the maker’s exploration process of the theme.
The programme had to be significantly adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions implemented at the Joint Research Centre. The complete closure of the JRC Makerspace resulted in the programme being reshaped in a fully virtual edition.
Theme 1 | Pollinators decline: can you make the difference?
Ferran Fàbregas is a computer scientist and programmer and a student of biostatistics and bioinformatics. Ferran started in the “maker” world 7 years ago. In this period, he developed a cross-disciplinary knowledge in different disciplines of digital manufacturing, electronics, robotics, microcontroller programming and education, while trying to turn his passion into a full-time job. https://ferranfabregas.me/lifebox/
Project Title: Lifebox
Finn Strivens is a designer, researcher, and foresight practitioner with a drive to enable diverse groups to imagine and influence their collective futures. He is an NGFP fellow with the School of International Futures, where he is working to enable young people to influence scientific research by imagining alternative futures.
Project Title: Pollinator prospects
Justė Motuzaitė is a Product Designer pursuing her Master's Degree of Integrated Product Design at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 2019, by doing her internship in Milan, she got into the maker community and had experience in various Fablab projects including sustainability, co-design and design for empowerment.
Project Title: Urban Wild Pollinators
Sam Rees studied Interactive Arts in Manchester, UK and has been teaching interactive media at the Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik since 2015. A generalist with a passion for zine and maker cultures, in his personal practice he repurposes robotics to create interactive installations. Recent events include participation in Reykjavik Festival of Electronic Arts (RAFLOST) and a residency at Signal Culture (USA). www.ififoundafrozentimewarpidputitinthemicrowaveatyourhouse.co.uk
Project Title: Unidentified flying animals
Theme 2 | Youth: a life through a pandemic
Dalia Gregorova is a Slovak freelancer residing in France with a background in architecture and information technologies. In her work, she focuses on digital fabrication, the maker movement and participative architecture, examining her conviction that everyone is capable of creation, which is at the heart of her project. http://dalia.gregor-design.eu
Project Title: Prototype X
In this webinar, the 5 makers participating in the JRC Makers-in-Residence programme (Edition 1) present and discuss their work and final prototypes:
- Finn Strivens with 'Tik Tok Futures: Pollinators in decline'
- Justė Motuzaitė with 'Urban Wild Pollinators'
- Ferran Fàbregas with 'Life in a box'
- Dalia Gregorova with 'Prototype X'
- Sam Rees with 'Unidentified flying animals'
Date: 19 July 2021