old toys work

Trash hacking workshop

3-5-18 20:00 - 3-5-18 23:00
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

In this critical making workshop we will have time to waste. Discover how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, while reviving your old toys with tech-artist Edwin Dertien.

Value is subjective, but what happens when we challenge our perception of what is valuable and what is discardable? For this critical making session we invited tech-artist Edwin Dertien to share his knowledge on (autonomous) robots. Edwin has a fascination for robotics from both an engineering as artistic point of view.

Edwin Dertien will share his skills in reviving deceased toys with electronics that can give your loved toys a second chance in life. Bring your own old toys and electronics or improvise with the trash we gathered. We will discuss different ways of creating value as we hack our way through piles of trashures.

This event is English spoken.

There are imited places available for this workshop. Entrance fee is € 5. Please buy a ticket via the link above.


19:30 - 20:00  Doors open
20:00 - 20:10  Introduction Critical Making
20:10 - 20:30  Introduction Edwin and reFURBYshment
20:30 - 21:50  Workshop
21:50 - 22:40  Finish prototypes
22:40 - 23:00  Present and discuss results

About the artist

Edwin Dertien is a technically skilled artist, working on a variety of projects ranging from robotics to technological clothing. He is the founder of Kunst- en Techniekwerk and involved in various innovative and educational initiatives involving technology, such as a FabLab inspired workshop for people with autism, the Creative Technology Programme of University of Twente, and Gogbot Festival Enschede. His technical know-how allows him to provide the backbone in various art projects as well as realising own projects in the meantime.

About 'Critical Making'

'Critical making' is a series of workshops for and about makers. For each workshop, we invite a maker, thinker, inventor, designer or artist to have a discussion with the audience. Afterwards, we step into our Fablab and get to making.