Background

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.

Development
The funda Reader is being developed in collaboration with members of the IXDS – Interaction Design Studios.

Acknowledgements
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.

Many Thanks
to Irineu Rocha da Cruz, Mario Valente and Luisa Tanaki Yakoshi for their help on the translation.

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