Design for Repair

Design instead of mass-produced merchandise; do-it-yourself instead of buying off-the-rack. Artists show how to breathe new life into old stuff. Inventors tread new paths to make our ecological footprint as small as possible.

Das Mobile Ö1 Atelier – The Haiti-House

2. 9. 10:00 – 20:00
3. 9. – 6. 9. 10:00 – 19:00
7. 9. 10:00 – 13:00

This year, the Mobile Ö1 Atelier on Linz’s Main Square (Hauptplatz) presents the Universal World House. It utilizes a new construction material based on the principle bees use to build their hives: strips of paper soaked in resin are compressed into a honeycomb form and then bonded together into panels. The quantity of material required to build a small house corresponds to the amount of cellulose yielded by a single tree. A house can be erected without a crane in one day and is totally weatherproof. The Mobile Ö1 Atelier is also the starting point of Electrical Walks Linz.

A joint venture by Radio Österreich 1 and the Consido AG.


Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Lutz Pankow (DE), Alexander Holtkamp (DE), Leonhard Angerer (DE)
2. 9. – 7. 9.

The PROBEN (Trials) exhibition features objects designed and produced between 1981 and 2009 by design students at the HFBK-University of Fine Arts Hamburg. All are fully functional, full scale model vehicles—for example, sleds, concept cars, mopeds and scooters, a bicycle powered by a cordless screwdriver and an ultra-light long-distance cruiser propelled by rubber bands. Here, the accent is on bringing forth an actual object, the direct implementation of an idea in the form of a prototype.

Lutz Pankow (DE),
Alexander Holtkamp (DE),
Leonhard Angerer (DE),

Works on display:

  • Fahrrad: Erich Münkel
  • Roller: Sebastian Mends-Cole, Büro für Gestaltungsfragen, Karsten Kulke, Jens Bode
  • Wanderer: Oliver Fellinghauer
  • WYSIWYS – What You See Is What You Surf: Michael Dachselt
  • Hydro: Leonhard Angerer, Alexander Holtkamp, Lucas Wallusch
  • Falterle: René Sieber
  • Biegeschlitten: Jonas von Ostrowski
  • Steckschlitten: Martin Schmitz
  • Hydrofoil: Leonhard Angerer
  • 24 Hours Are Not Enough: Aaron Rauh, Nicolas Schrader
  • Motoscooter: Lucas Wallusch
  • Smovee: Norbert Staffend
  • All our dreams are made of chrome: Leonhard Angerer
  • EX: Sebastian Auray, Ruben Faber, Nils Ferber, Lodolf von Oldershausen



The task: creating exhibition architecture to be used only for a nine-day festival. The big question: Doesn’t repairing the world call for an aesthetic paradigm shift too? The simple answer: the papplab principle. To make exhibition architecture, fold cardboard (Papp in German) cartons and add adhesive tape. A product that, in the world of commerce, is merely packaging and thus of secondary importance becomes a key material serving countless functions: walls, tables, benches and chill-out zones. Folks, we’re not just talking about paper cups and plates here; the whole damn hospitality establishment is being constructed of these materials—over 2½ acres of cardboard and miles of adhesive tape. The aim: building in a way that is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, experimental and light. And in the spirit of audience participation, installation visitors are invited to build their own repair tools either in a workshop or simply as an act of ad lib creativity.

A cooperation of o-werk und mia.
o-werk: Stefan Hofer (AT), Kai M aier-Rothe (AT), Peter Luger (AT), Gigi Gratt (AT), Mods Flotzinger (AT), Tom Latzel (AT) & Wodo Gratt (AT)
mia: Sandra Gnigler (AT), Tobias Hagleitner (AT) & Gunar Wilhelm (AT)


Stop Recycling. Start Repairing.


Platform21 was a design platform based in Amsterdam (NL), aiming to positively influence the relationship between user and product. Through their projects they question today’s society, reveal the making process, and stimulate dialogue and the sharing of creative knowledge. During the Ars Electronica 2010 they will show examples of their past work and offer you the chance to learn about some of their creative repair methods.

Informations about the daily program are available on site.
Coordination: Moetoesingi Schmidt (NL), Arne Hendriks (NL)

Chair Repair
Chairs are the icons of the design world. No wonder that the repair of chairs, in all its manifestations became a central aspect of the presentation of Platform21 = Repairing. For Ars Electronica we make a selection of the best repaired chairs we could find and invite designers and artists in Austria, as well as the public, to add their own.
Exhibited chairs by (among others) Barbara Alves, Rachel Griffith, Harco Rutgers, 5.5 Designers, Guy Keulemans,…

Helen Klopper (NL)
Woolfiller is an invention of Heleen Klopper, an Amsterdam-based designer. It repairs holes and hides stains in woolen jumpers, cardigans, jackets and more by using the specific characters of wool. The fibres of wool contain minuscule scales which open up when they are pricked with a felt needle. The open scales bind with each other and will not be separated, not even in the laundry. It is simple, sustainable and satisfying, a new solution for an old problem.

Smash Repair
Guy Keulemans (AU) & Martijn Dijkhuizen (NL)
“Smash Repair” is a generative repair system for creating form. Using a basic construction template, structures are smashed and repaired repeatedly, building up material in places that require it for strength. The process, analogous to the growth of bones and tree branches when self-repairing, is a method for exploring the function and aesthetics of materials used for repair.

Bison Kintsugi
Lotte Dekker (NL)
Designer Lotte Dekker developed a new way of gluing porcelain based on kintsugi, an old Japanese technique from the 15th century in which porcelain is repaired with gold leaf. It is an extremely time-consuming, expensive method. Dekker found Bison glue to be the perfect Western variant for making beautiful yet simple repairs.

Jan Vormann (DE)
“I want to repair every broken wall in the whole world with Dispatchwork. Why not? I think it is a fun approach towards conceiving the decay that time brings along.” Jan Vormann uses Lego for fixing cracks, holes and crumbling corners. He fills them with the plastic bricks, calling the practice Dispatchwork. He already left a colorful trail of repairs in Berlin, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York and many other cities around the world.

Shoe Goo repair station
Arne Hendriks (NL)
Shoe Goo is a waterproof adhesive which is perfect to mend the soles of worn out shoes. The product is well known among skaters to repair their destroyed skate shoes.

Chair Repair

15:30 – 17:30 Tape the Chair
17:30 – 18:00 Jury Selection
18:15 Award Ceremony

Jury: Arne Hendriks (Platform 21), Horst Hörtner (Ars Electronica), Nicoletta Blacher (Ars Electronica)

Hey, nobody likes people who are stuck up! Except when they’re creative spirits who can take old chairs, add duct tape, and transform them into pieces of designer furniture. Platform21 will be demonstrating how that works at this year‘s Ars Electronica. And you’re cordially invited to get into the adhesive act too at a Tape the Chair workshop. At its conclusion, participants’ works will be evaluated and—who knows?—your sticky fingers might be the ones clutching the grand prize! So: Stop Recycling, Start Repairing!


2. 9. – 7. 9.
Akira Nakayasu (JP)

After his first work, a sunflower-shaped robot called „Himawari“ (2008), artist and visual designer Akira Nakayasu continued his research in the field of robotic plants. His latest worked, simply called „plant“, is an interactive installation inspired by the vision of grass blowing in the wind. The robotic plant has 169 artificial leaves, which are controlled by using shape memory alloy actuators. Each leaf reacts independently to movement like an approaching hand by moving slowly in the virtual wind.

Growth Assembly

2. 9. – 7. 9.

After the cost of energy had made global shipping of raw materials and packaged goods unimaginable, only the rich could afford traditional, massproduced commodities. Synthetic biology enabled us to harness our natural environment for the production of things. Coded into the DNA of a plant, product parts grow within the supporting system of the plant‘s structure. When fully developed, they are stripped like a walnut from its shell or corn from its husk, ready for assembly. Shops have evolved into factory farms as licensed products are grown where sold. Large items take time to grow and are more expensive while small ones are more affordable. The postal service delivers lightweight seed-packets for domestic manufacturers. The product shown here is the Herbicide Sprayer, an essential commodity used to protect delicate engineered horticultural machines from older nature.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK) and Sascha Pohflepp (DE)

Ocean of Light: Surface


The Ocean of Light project explores the creative and immersive possibilities of light-based visualization in physical space. It uses hardware to create dynamic, interactive and three-dimensional sculptures from light. Surface, the first artwork to be exhibited using the Ocean of Light hardware, is a responsive virtual eco-system that occupies physical space. This space is dominated by a virtual surface, the boundary between two fluid virtual materials. These are affected by sound, nearby noise creates waves that ripple across the surface, but can also trigger luminous blasts. The result is an interconnected environment, overlapping physical and virtual spaces that coexist and are aware of each other.

Ocean of Light: Surface is a Squidsoup project, created by Anthony Rowe (UK), Gareth Bushell, Chris Bennewith (NZ), Liam Birtles (UK) and Ollie Bown (AU), supported by the Technology Strategy Board (UK)

Repair Fair


Future hopes on a number of different levels are pinned on so-called green technologies: on one hand, they could help reduce the rapidly increasing global demand for energy, or even offer alternatives to finite resources like oil and coal; on the other hand, as highly committed politicians and young start-up entrepreneurs have long insisted, they could be a driving force behind the revival of our sputtering economy. In this spirit, Ars Electronica is staging a Clean Tech Showcase to spotlight a small selection of outstanding ideas, concepts and best-practice models that point the way to a brighter future. Visitors can take an up-close-and-personal look at green transportation when they take one of a whole fleet of electrical vehicles out for a spin on the E-Mobility Parcours.

Additional informational material will be available on site and in the Infolounge.

Linz AG, Kaloveo Electric Move Adventures, KEBA AG, KTM Power Sports AG, Meco World GmbH, Medizinische Gesellschaft Projekt MedUni Linz OÖ, MS Design GmbH, ÖAMTC Oberösterreich, Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz OÖ, Siemens, Xolar GmbH…

Frisiersalon in fünf Akten

Christoph Weidinger (AT), Clemens Bauder (AT), Gregor Graf (AT), Aron Rynda (AT)
2. 9. – 7. 9.

A 1978 Steyr Daimler City Bus just short of its last tow to the junkyard is transformed in five acts into a “kiosque,” a vehicle specially equipped for deployment tracking down matters of interest to advanced cosmopolitans. To enable it to respond to diverse situations, the vehicle will get a daily “tune up” customizing it for a particular mission. The newly-implemented tools will be put into action immediately and taken out for a spin together with installation visitors.

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