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03 OCTOBER 2014

Ototo: bespoke musical instruments with pocket-sized circuit board

"Ototo–a pocket–sized circuit board in the mold of the Arduino and MaKey MaKey that was was designed to be a 'musical invention kit' and helps kids build bespoke electronic instruments without writing a line of code or burning a single finger on a soldering iron. It can play music out of the box with the 12 black and white triangles acting like piano keys and a surface–mounted speaker emitting sound, but it's killer application is the ability to create outlandish orchestras by connecting it to funky objects with alligator clips. Plants become percussive instruments, sauce pans become a drum set, and even simple pencil sketches can produce unique sounds when tapped."

(Joseph Flaherty, 22 October 2013, Wired)



alligator clip • analogue correspondenceArduino • bespoke instruments • bespoke musical instruments • circuit boardcommonplace objectscreative playcreative technology • crocodile clip • design and technologydevicedo-it-yourselfgadget • gizmo • interaction designinteractive objects • Joseph Pleass • Kickstarterkit • low-tech music • MaKey MaKey • Mark McKeague • music making technologyOtotoout-of-the-boxphysical and digital interactionpocket-sized circuit boardsound generatorsound toytechnology for engagementThereminWired (magazine)Yuri Suzuki


Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2013

Kano: A computer anyone can make by Kano

"A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego, powered by Pi. Make games, learn code, create the future."



Simon Perkins
08 NOVEMBER 2009

Knowledge creation and exchange within research: the exegesis approach

"The exegesis is developed from the knowledge that preceding and during the process of creating artefacts, research is a substantial part of this process. By bringing these two elements [creating and research] together, a new kind of didactic structure has been found in the curriculum of the EMMA: the exegesis. The impact lays both on the thesis and the individual project constituting a combination of fundamental based research and applied research, which we can define as practice based research. Theory and practice cannot be seen as separated parts. Theory and practice are partners of conversation who should be equally balanced. The intention is that the exegesis approach should contribute to a willingness to look beyond the immediate concerns of making an artefact; it should enhance an integration of ideas and results from the underlying research into the creation of the artefact. This will be a process of continuous modification and unification. The thesis is a kind of representation of the undertaken research that has been initiated to create the artefact. In our understanding the artefact is an illustration and shows research, the thesis underlies the artefact and describes the connection between the research and the product. The artefact is partly the outcome of the research and is as important as the accompanying thesis. This process can be defined as a circular process. A continue communication between the thesis and the individual project is typical of the exegesis.

4.2 The Exegesis in Practice

The exegesis has been developed to educate students how to define their research. At an institutional level the exegesis will show what kind of research has been done and which results has been reached. As earlier mentioned, the most important issue is the connection between the artefact and the thesis. The role of the artefact and the thesis will be supportive and complementary. The artefact will gain insight in the way in which methods of research have been used. In our understanding the knowledge gained on a design project should be reliable employed on other projects and should be involved continuously into design processes. That's why students have to collect al their results in a research folder, which consists of the following objectives:

* description of used methods;

* description of the purpose of applicability of the methods;

* description of the usage of the methods;

* reflection on the additional value of the methods.

The focus on the methods of research is to foster reorientation of attention and concerns in a meaningful way. Research is deeply embedded in creating design. The point is how to show the research and being aware of doing research. The thesis describes the methods of research, which have been used by creating the artefact, and is a reflective part of the design process. The research will consider how the artefact should be developed. Due to the connection of these two elements, students will have to be critically aware of the advantages research will offer them in creating their work. In the end the knowledge creation and exchange within research will be a continue mutual influence without boundaries. To make students aware of this, students should be triggered to be more interested in and enjoyed by the research part in showing that by doing research the project will be more grounded. The exegesis approach encourages students to expansive out–of–the–box thinking and will stimulate an inventive and an inquiring attitude."

(Thomassen, A. & M. v.Oudheusden, 2004)

Thomassen, A. & M. v.Oudheusden (2004). "Knowledge creation and exchange within research: the exegesis approach", Working Papers in Art and Design Vol 3 Retrieved from URL ISSN 1466–4917


2004applied researchartefactconceptualisation • critical exposition • design projectdiscovery • EMMA • enquiry • European Media Masters of Arts • exegesisexperimentationinsightinventionknowledgeout-of-the-boxreflective practiceresearchtheory and practicetheory buildingthesisWorking Papers in Art and Design


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