Group project 2016-2017

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October 24, 2016 by Liat

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This year the students will be Generating creative and innovative concepts for an
interactive exhibition about “traveling with (dis)ability”
The exhibition aims to create an experiential path allowing everyone to get closer to the
experience of living on a wheelchair. The starting point are the photographs and motions from Fabrizio Martas (@Rotex) trips in South Africa, Ireland, London, Morocco, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Switzerland, San Marino, Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibition aims to BRING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES going beyond the image of disability and propose a positive vision even while pointing out the difficulties and challenges. The instalation will put the visitor in a condition of discomfort and will bring to an empathic understanding.
PARTNER
The non profit organization “Rotellando” is our main partner. It aims at promoting and
encouraging independent travel experiences for people with disabilities. Fabrizio Marta (aka@rotex), president of this organization, is personally involved in a continuous story-telling about his travels around the world.They are documented with digital media and short text in a worldwide famous blog hosted by Vanity Fair. Rotellando is now in the process of creating an interactive exhibition about this engaging experience aiming at creating awareness and generating positive conversation.

PROCESS
The students will be first taken through a process of empathic design, traveling themselves in a wheelchair, throughout Milan. They will personally meet Fabrizio Marta and learn about his personal experience. The course will guide the students towards the creation of a sensorial experience making everyone feel what traveling differently means. Concepts for the exhibition will be presented at the end of the course with visuals and prototypes.
The project is divided in several design phases:
1. Research – research will be made through personal experience, encounters with
significant people, on-line forum search, literature review and case studies exploration.
The topics for the research are mainly two: 1. Traveling on wheelchair, challenges and
prospective. 2. Exhibition and installations opportunities for empathic understanding.
2. Concept generation – students will decide a project topic and complete their research
on the specific area of interest. They will draw drafts for their ideas and guidelines for
prototyping
3. Prototyping – the students will prototype their ideas roughly, using any materials and
techniques they desire. The idea is to understand spaces and shapes working in 1:1
scale. Prototype presentation will include feedback from experts.
4. Definition of the project and its presentation: each group will arrive to a final version of
the project and its story telling. Each group will present a scale model and slides /
video.
5. Final presentation

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