Individual Project

Control the Controller

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL)

Anja Groten and Heerko van der Kooij of Hackers & Designers give a workshop entitled 'Control the Controller' at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

During this hands-on workshop Anja Groten and Heerko van der Kooij (Hackers & Designers) will introduce ways to deconstruct and reassemble remote controllers in unintended ways.

Intuitively we scroll, swipe, use our voice and gestures to control our devices, – to activate, trigger, cause, provoke the computer to react, return, act and deploy. The question we will investigate through making is: Who is exactly controlling who and how? By saving redundant controllers from becoming e-waste we will hack our way into the mechanics of human computer interaction. At the same time we will learn about electronics all the while critically reflecting on the notion of control.