KIBU-WAMP Designer Challenge 2011!

Kitchen Budapest (KIBU) and WAMP launched an open call for young Hungarian designers to participate in a workshop and develop new projects with tutors Anab Jain and Jon Arden designers and co-directors at Superflux, a design studio based in London, UK and Ahmedabad, India.

With the leadership of Anab and Jon, the workshop team will work out concepts (of objects/services/applications at the intersection of new media, technology, design and fashion) in the course of three days. Current rapid prototyping techniques will be also introduced. At least one of the projects will be selected and prototyped in the following months with the help of the freshly established FabLab Budapest and presented at TENT London 2011

Workshop details:

Pirates of the Danube

Traditionally the role of the designer in industrial society is to drive economic growth by adding value to, and or, aiding in the production of goods and services.

But with the current stormy economic environment, and with the forecast for more trouble on the horizon in the form of over population, peak oil and global warming to name but a few, come the questions:

  • What alternative roles might designers take and what new strategies and ideas might the ‘design community‘ employ in response to these challenges?
  • What happens when we move from severing corporate interests to the interests of the community?
  • How can new tools and resources of rapid prototyping, digital and bio hacking, and DIY culture as a whole be used to create new economies?
  • What services might we design if our constraints move from concerns about legal implications to personal ethical considerations?
  • If instead of designing for the free market, what if we designed for the street, or black market?

The workshop titled ‘Pirates of the Danube’ will ask participants to engage with these questions by exploring the space between the ‘main stream’ and ‘deviant’ economies. Plotting an exploratory course though the ocean of ethical, moral and legal ambiguity. From organ farming to home restaurants and copyright infringement to river piracy. As we set sail in turbulent times.

[Participants will select a specific area of interest within this larger theme and create design proposals and prototypes during the workshop. A trip to the Danube with appropriate pirate-gear might be necessary.]

  • Location: Budapest, Ráday utca 30. Hungary entrance from Biblia köz, map
  • Duration: 18-20 April, 2011 - each day 10AM to 6PM (approximately)
  • The workshop will be held in English.



10.00 - morning mingling, coffee*
10.30 - welcome and introduction of Superflux - Anab Jain, Jon Arden
11.00 - brief overview of rapid prototyping technics - Márton András Juhász
11.30 - introducing the topic "Pirates of the Danube"
12.00 - pause to take breath
12.15 - diving into the topic (research, references, discussion)
13.30 - lunch break**
14.30 - areas of interest and working teams emerge
17.00 - short presentations of the initial concepts, ideas per group, feedback of Anab and Jon
19.00 - socializing (place to be confirmed, recommendations are welcome!)


10.00 - morning mingling, coffee
10.30 - prototyping
13.30 - lunch break
14.30 - prototyping
17.00 - mid-project presentations, feedback of Anab and Jon


10.00 - morning mingling, coffee
10.00 - finishing the projects
13.30 - lunch break
14.30 - preparing the documentation + presentation of the projects

*Morning pastry and coffee on spot but feel free to contribute!
**Daily menu available at Manga Cowboy nearby


  • Szövetség '39 - artist, designer
  • Apor Püskpöki - designer (Moholy-Nagy Art and Design University aka MOME)
  • Dani Pifkó - designer (MOME)
  • Sári Kele - designer, product designer (BME)
  • Zsófi Gerébi - textil designer (MOME)
  • Júlia Káldy - textil designer (MIE, MOME)
  • Bernát Gara - mechanical engineer (BME)
  • Farkas Pongrácz - designer
  • Anna Vidovszky - designer
  • László Kiss - interaction and sound designer (KIBU)
  • Márton András Juhász - biochemist and new-media artist (KIBU, FabLab Budapest)
  • Bea Csortán - product designer, engineer (KIBU)

Workshop initiators and organizers:
Eszter Bircsák, Melinda Sipos - KIBU
Réka Matheidesz - WAMP

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
FabLab Budapest

Hungarian Cultural Center London

TENT London

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