Participants Wanted: Experiential Manufacturing

I am currently looking for people who have been affected by an earthquake to take part in a new design led research project called Experiential Manufacturing.

Experiential Manufacturing is a system that uses real data and eyewitness accounts to make personal mementos of earthquakes. It is part of a research project from the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham that uses scientific data like magnitude, duration and location, along with more personal descriptive accounts of events, to alter the material characteristics of existing objects.

The project investigates how data about our previous experiences could be used to shape the material qualities (touch, shape, feel) of otherwise meaningless objects so that they are better able to reflect our personal experiences and tell stories about our past.

During the course of the project, a set of bespoke domestic manufacturing systems will be produced and installed in the participant’s home. Using both scientifically recorded and anecdotal data from real earthquakes, the exact configuration and behaviour of the services will be derived from participants’ descriptions of the material and sensory conditions during their own earthquake experiences. The Experiential Manufacturing system will then act as a digital manufacturing service that creates devices and objects that aim to be evocative of aspects of these experiences in order to craft personal memorial artefacts. Each artefact produced by the Experiential Manufacturing systems will be materially, unique.

If you think you, or any one you know might be interested in taking part, please feel free to head over to the site for more information about the project and what will happen if you take part:

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