The assignment called ‘A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan’ (named after one chapter in J. Swift’s Gulliver’s travels) has most likely been the most fun and inspiring to do during my half year exchange at TU/e Eindhoven.

After picking up a foreign culture – Inuit, uBuntu or Japanese – for each of us we went on to do weekly “dynamic collages“. These videos I made were meant to express, to communicate, my reflections without excess words. The first task was to study your own culture, then the other culture, and find a culture clash between these two. Finally, a concept design should be proposed for members of one of the studied societies to experience the culture of the other by building upon the culture clash. My ideation led to the proposal of an outdoor chair, bench or lounge, that would tip if used by only one and balance itself when used by many. The whole process is documented in this short report while the initial two concepts are explored in this animation here.

The images above show the three prototype stages I created in order to study the interaction and form of the design. Unfortunately there was no time to create a full scale prototype in order to actually test the experience, but this is one of the projects I definetely want to follow up later!