This Friday evening Bjørn Laursen opened the exhibition Italian pictures at Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Copenhagen. The exhibition shows the many evocative and sensual pencil sketches Bjørn has drawn during his visits to Italy.
Part of the exhibition is an ExLab project run by Bjørn, Henning Christiansen, Ates Gürsimsek, Steffen Thorlund and Morten Brandrup and the exhibition made possible a first presentation of the ideas and a prototype of this project. It aims at an intelligent, interactive, and digital version of Bjørn’s sketches and sketch books in a theatre-like and hexagonal shape – an intelligent hybrid of books, theatre, and exhibition sensitive to the visitors movements.
It has just been decided to co-ordinate the diverse activities of some of the labs at Roskilde University – ExLab, HUM-TEK, and a Performance Design workshop – and to share the resources allocated. The organizing principles of this initiative are inspired by the FAB LAB movement an the related ideas.
In the meeting, Friday November 15, Jens Friis Jensen, Connie Svabo, Michael Haldrup and Sisse Siggaard Jensen discussed how best to initiate this, and also, how to coordinate and share resources.
As a first step, we decided to meet once a month to establish some of the needs and requirements of this initiative.
This Friday I will discuss the ExLab initiative with a group of students to make concrete and exemplify the development of an innovation, i.e. ExLab, and the many problems and barriers we have met some of which we have managed to overcome.
I will point out the three interrelated problem areas: Cross-disciplinary collaboration, technological complexities, and the lack of economic means.
Roskilde University is represented by me in a committee of partners from different professions and institutions in the Roskilde/Sjælland region. The committee is assembled to discuss ideas and projects with the potential to further develop and innovate, among others, the collaboration among the participating partners, the kinds of services that the partners provide, and the possible new experiences that the region makes possible and the participating partners can envisage.