PA18 Off Ground - Fly High

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The Taipei Balloonists

DIWO Culture : Hacking art/Sci/Tech & Activism

E組:馬可·杜塞耶──離地-高灰 Group E: Marc Dusseiller ─ Off Ground – Fly High

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

Part 2: Practice and Experimentation in Teams

  • Basic overview of environmental mapping methods
  • DIY aerial photography
  • Field-tests see here
  • Group work and experimentation
  • Introduction into Open source tools for documentation and sharing
  • Group work and prototyping

Independant Project work

  • various


Balloon Mapping stuff by Public Lab


File:A Pocket Guide to Grassroots Mapping.pdf

Lens Distortion removal

Tech Tools for Activism

Weather and Wind predictions (Taipei),121.635,10,m:emSajxL

How to read the wind speed

File:Wind-gusts-Yu.jpg (taken from “Acceptable wind speeds in towns” A.D. Penwarden)


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


The Taipei Balloonists


Maggie chose this module to have fun, which was onteresting for her. She watns to fly something.

website of module

Gene Huang

ChiaYu Chen


Curtis Meng

Saad Chinoy



Further Information / Preparations

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


The video clips and photos of experiment and balloon launch field trip are all in the fly high drive

Also we put some info on publiclab website

Balloon Research

The Test Launch - Day 1

Former Taiwan Air Force base

Good playground for first flying exeriments.

TAF panorama.jpg

Day 2

Prototyping Camera Holders

The Flight of the Turtle

Ballooning FirstFlighOfTurtle.png

Writing Instructions and preparing OST (Open Source Tools)

Test Flights with 360 cam

High shot MissionONE.JPG

High shot MissionONE 02.JPG

TestFlight-360 Day2.jpg

Urs' ultra-simple low-cost aerial photography experiments

Day 3

Camera Stabilizer Research

Preparing Tools for Field Trip

Mapping Expedition ONE - Longshan

Rainbreak and Coconuts

Mapping Expedition TWO - Riverside

We arrived at the Riverbank just before sunset and decided to mount the Mi Sphere 360 camera, despite the little drops of rain. There was some electric power lines and we carefully flew some balloons trying not to get to close to them. Very fast darkness fell and the lights of the city flashed up...

PA Mission-TWO Riverbank launch2.jpg

PA Mission-TWO Riverbank flyHigh.jpg

PA Mission-TWO Riverbank landing.jpg


creating stabilized 360 videos

Download and edit using the Mi Sphere app on android or iphone. Troubles with the low-performance phones like xioami 4x. Use the export function in the app, which creates a rectilinear version of the file.

Uploading them to this sharing platform VeeR

Locally Sourced Ballooning Kit Taiwan Style

Let's add some resources here!!

Locally Sourced Ballooning Kit Swiss-Rako Style

HaSTA BallooningKit Swiss 1.jpg

Box Content

  • Balloon (big & medium ones?)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hook
  • Karabiner
  • Strings (cotton rope, polyester rope, metal string, fishing line...)
  • Rubberbands
  • Rubber Ring
  • Velcro straps (velcro tighter)
  • Markers? Pencils? Memo Papers?

Materials you need to prepare

  • Helium bottle
  • Camera *3
  • Memory Cards
  • Charging cables
  • Powerbank

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

Example Projects

Hagit Keysar - The DIY Aerial Testimony

My research and experiments with DIY aerial photography in Palestine-Israel focuses on civic science in spaces of civic inequality mostly in East/West Jerusalem. It shifts away from the focus on environmental issues; though the environment is always there within a range of systemic rights abuse, from discriminatory urban planning, through land expropriation to forced displacement. I work with communities, NGO's and local institutions entangled in urgent issues who find it relevant and inspiring to create their own, high quality, local scale aerial photography. Some of the collaborations presented here are activist projects oriented towards a particular issue, workshop or event such as the cases of Beit Safafa and Silwan. Other projects present long term collaborative work which is made possible through ongoing collaborations with affected communities, funded through partnerships with NGO's and academic programs such as the work we do in west Jerusalem with the civic architecture unit in Bezalel, and the work in the Negev (south of Israel) with Zochrot and Forensic Architecture, and the research collaboration with Dorit Naaman in Qatamon.

Rebel Geeks and Weise 7 Studio





What i am not talking about...


Das Netz, Lutz Dammbeck (2004)

See Full HLab14-Documentary

How to use this wiki

Dear participants, please make sure you prepare your account and get some first experience in using a wiki, in this case it's MediaWiki the same software on which the famous wikipedia has been created. The previous link directs you to many instructions on how to use a wiki. look at it.

You should have received a login by now. Try it out and create a new page for your own project notes, give it a reasonable name and make sure you add the folling line at the end of the page, so it will be sorted all in the same category.

[[ Category:HaSTA ]]

Please write a few sentences about yourself, add links to your other websites, blogs, biographies, artworks.

  • try to add images
  • "internal links" to other pages on the hackteria wiki
  • "external likns" to websites
  • embed a youtube video?

See an example Dominique Lämmli.

You can always click the "edit" link on this or other pages to see how stuff has been written in the mediawiki language.