Corona Care Package #30 | Why you should make useless things


Friday’s post: Why you should make useless things
Thursday’s post: Interactive webinar Staying Healthy at Home
Thursday’s post: Movie night & discussion Daughters of Destiny
Wednesday’s post: Design for the end of life
Tuesday’s post: Jay Fraser on eco-fascism
Tuesday’s post: 
Animals are rewilding our cities
Monday’s post: Staying healthy at home webinar

Friday 8 May | Why you should make useless things by Simone Giertz

At @TUDelft we are all about ‘Impact for a better society’. That implies creating technology that is useful and has a clear purpose. Well, not necessarily…

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, @SimoneGiertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more — rarely (if ever) succeed, and that’s the point. “The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don’t always know what the best answer is,” Giertz says. “It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn’t the answer, but at least you’re asking the question.”

Which of your own (real or imaginary) inventions are you most proud of?

Studium Generale created a Corona Care Package to make #StayingIn as pleasant as possible. In the following weeks we will share videos, blogs, articles and podcasts within four focus areas: Mental Health, The World After Corona, Arts & Culture and other online events.