The emergence of a small but growing number of toolkits which support the integration of tangible and digital media while scaffolding learning in domains traversed during the creative process are defining a new space in which to re-imagine the relationship between learning and curatorial practice. In a tools-based approach to curating, the curator/educator would move upstream in the creative process, identifying (or creating) tools and designing related design activities to promote specific kinds of learning and exhibitable outcomes. Such tool-based curatorial projects could be used to expand the range of what is made, learnt, and exhibited in community-based informal learning centres.
To explore the potential of these ideas we are developing a wireless sensor network construction kit for designing usable interactive artefacts and environments – the fundakit. The kit will be used in a series of workshops and exhibitions in informal learning centres, in which use and learning will be studied.
The funda Reader is being developed in collaboration with members of the IXDS – Interaction Design Studios.
Initial research for this project was supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The project is currently funded by a research grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
to Irineu Rocha da Cruz, Mario Valente and Luisa Tanaki Yakoshi for their help on the translation.