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DIWO Culture : Hacking art/Sci/Tech & Activism

coming soon @ ZHdK & Hong Kong, ZHdK Winterschool and MAS Art & Society.

DIWO - Do It With Others


To engage with the most pressing issues (environment, social injustice, globalisation) of society, artist have embraced new transdisciplinary practices, which combine the use of open source tools (OST) and hacking strategies in a collaborative manner with "others". DIWO (Do It With Others) Culture will introduce such strategies through case studies, hands-on experimentation and team projects to the students. This first edition will focus on OST for environmental monitoring and artistic interpretation.

Target Audience

Artists & designers, socially engaged practioners, creatives in general, researchers, hackers, activists and anyone interested in DIWO Culture - HaSTA.

No previos knowledge in electronics, hardware or software tools is necessary, but a basic interest in learning something new is crucial.

Max. Participants is 12.

In case of high interest the participants will be selected by a criteria to increase diversity of the group (gender, cultural background, skills and previous educational training)

Learning Goals

  • basic understanding of a selection of open source tools for environmental monitoring
  • first steps into sensing and electronics
  • learn how to use open source tools for aerial mapping
  • improve cross-cultural / transdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  • get insigth and compare different artistic practices in a global context


The course will be held in english.

Part 1: Introduction and Case Studies

  • Introduction into hacking strategies
  • Group discussion of examples of artistic & activist practices
  • team formations
  • Input lecture 1 (tbd)

Part 2: Practice and Experimentation in Teams

  • Basic overview of environmental mapping methods
  • DIY aerial photography
  • Field-tests
  • Group work and experimentation
  • Input lecture 2 (tbd)
  • Introduction into Open source tools for documentation and sharing
  • Group work and prototyping

Part 3: Presentations and Reflections

  • Short presentations by the project teams
  • Critical discussion and feedback
  • Reflections and future directions of HaSTA


Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller aka dusjagr

Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr is a nomadic researcher and workshopologist. He is part of the Center for Alternative Coconut Research and co-founder of SGMK and the Hackteria network. He loves making DIWO laboratories for creative biological experimentation and works in an integral way, combining science, art and education. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. He lives and works in Zürich, Yogyakarta and Taipei. He also loves coconuts.

See more about dusjagr and full biography




Input Lecturers

Guest speakers:

  • physical: to be defined
  • virtual: to be defined

Dates and Schedule


  • 3 blocks of 6 lessions (5h total)

Block 1: Introduction

Fri, February 2, 14.00 – 17.30

Block 2&3: Guided practice and experimentation within Project Teams

Tue, February 6, 09.30 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 17.30

Wed, February 7, 09.30 – 13.00


  • 1 block of 2 lessons for final discussion

Block 4: Presentation, reflection and discussion

Sat, February 10, 14.00 – 17.30

Independant study/exercise and project work

  • indpendant, approximately 30 hours of independant work is expected, in preparation and through-out the module.

Further Information / Preparations

All the course material and student's documentation is being published under a Creative Commons licence on the Hackteria Wiki.


Further Readings


Civic Technology and Community Science: A new model for public participation in environmental decisions


New Art/Science Affinities

New Art/Science Affinities free for download.

Max' stuff

coming soon


See other related courses by dusjagr collected here


Communication / Outreach

in direct communication with ZHdK




  • modular/movable worktables and chairs
  • running water

Tech Rider

  • projector
  • power sockets


  • will be organized by the mentor himself...