Disruptive Fridays #2: Makers vs. Virus
Disruption Network Lab
Michael Ang, Andreas Kopp, Lieke Ploeger
The second edition of Disruption Network Lab’s new programme stream features a conversation between Michael Ang (artist and engineer), Andreas Kopp (creative technologist, maker, post-it artist and teacher) and Lieke Ploeger (Disruption Network Lab).
The programme addresses critical making in times of corona: how can we use digital fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and laser cutting in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Michael Ang & Andreas Kopp participated in the recent #wirvsvirus hackathon organised by the German government to find digital community actions against the corona virus and its effects. Together with Nicholas de Coster they developed a design for an open source/DIY protective face shield, which is currently being printed and distributed to help medical professionals stay safe from infection.
When Disruption Network Lab started, they never imagined that disruption would turn out the way we are experiencing it. In the course of the past years, Disruption Network Lab has invited people that disrupt and challenge closed systems from within. In a moment in which we are all experiencing a deep closure, Disruptive Fridays becomes an opportunity to foster even more critical thinking. During these conversations, topics related to art, hacktivism, whistleblowing, social justice and collective care in times of Corona are addressed.
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