Call For Participants DEAF 2014 Makers’ Space: Extended Senses Lab – Thursday 22 May 2014, Rotterdam

Call for interaction designers, industrial designers, architects, media artists and creative technologists who are working with the human body, human senses, wearables or sensor technology and would like to co-create new concepts together.

EVENT @ DEAF 2014: Thursday 22 May 2014, 10:00 – 20:00

Want to participate? Please send a mail to 

Please include your name, a short background and professional skills, your motivation to join and any previous knowledge of sensor technology and any web links you may have (site/blog/linkedin/vimeo).

Costs: Students € 35,- / Professionals € 55,- (lunch, coffee / tea / cold beverages, snacks are included)

Materials will be provided, but a laptop is recommended.


Various forms of extending human senses with the use of low-cost sensors and easy-access networks are becoming available to more and more of us. Artists and designers working with open tools (Arduino, Processing, OpenFrameworks etc) are creating new interfaces to operate, perform and navigate within networked environments.

Through technology we can sense new aspects of our surrounding and we can enhance or distort our perception and interaction with the world around.

The Extended Senses Lab invites artists/designers working in the field to develop a scenario or prototype, which explores ways we could experience through and within these networks. Introduced and guided by Tomasz Jaskiewitz (TUDelft/Superspace) the participants will go hands-on, designing and developing ideas based on current real-world situations, leading to immediately viable concepts.


This one-day lab is a hands-on work session during which a selected group of makers will work on the design of a concept, prototype or scenario for an artwork or product around the Extended Senses theme.

The result of the lab will be a presentation of a numbers of concepts for artworks or products, which will be documented and presented to an audience.

This lab at DEAF Biennale is organised with the support of DEAF and The New Institute and is part of FIBER’s Coded Matter(s): Extended Senses event, which takes place on the first of June together with De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.

About the LAB leader: Tomasz Jaskiewicz

Tomasz is an architect, interaction designer, academic researcher and educator. Since 2005 he holds master degrees of architecture and urban design from the Gdansk University of Technology and TU Delft. In 2013 he finished his PhD research at TU Delft, Architecture, Hyperbody section, where he developed an integrated design framework for development of evolving interactive architectural ecosystems. In 2013 he also co-founded the company Hive Systems, developing software solutions for design and deployment of interactive systems, Since February 2014 he is assistant professor of interactive design prototyping at the Industrial Design Engineering faculty of TU Delft.

About DEAF

The tenth edition of DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art Festival) will take place from Wednesday 21 May until Saturday 24 May 2014 at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25 in Rotterdam.
The DEAF exhibition runs from 21 May to 9 June.

DEAF 2014 offers a rich and varied programme with a thematic exhibition, seminars, lectures, workshops and performances. The theme for the 2014 edition is ?The Progess Trap?, the trap when technological innovation has become a means to an end in itself and has been decoupled from the cultural and social advances that it was supposed to help achieve.

DEAF 2014 proposes to view the innovations of our globalised world through a critical lens.

For the full programme visit


FIBER is an Amsterdam based organisation, that presents new developments in audiovisual art, digital culture and the deeper corners of electronic music. The team works year round with a vibrant network of artists, designers and researchers to create artistic events and a festival. Special attention goes out to the support of up and coming talents across numerous creative disciplines. FIBER explores hybrid forms of art, the power of media- and network technology, and encourages an exchange of views between the makers and their audience. Their Coded Matter(s) event series explores the explosion of digital processes taking place in culture and society.