OLEUS

Outdoor Laboratory of Experimental Urban Stages

About

The Outdoor Laboratory of Experimental Urban Stages is an initiative funded by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD, University of Edinburgh) through the Research-Led Initiative Fund, and is supported by Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

The objective of the OLEUS initiative is to bring together otherwise independent practitioners, to collaborate and rapidly develop small-scale group projects, to increase awareness of the relationship between public space, interaction and media. With the OLEUS workshops we seek to create projects that mediate outdoor and public spaces and engage the local community, and to foster a network of a wider community of practice for ongoing and future practice-based research concerned with outdoor creative spaces.

The last OLEUS event, a 2-day workshop (1/2 day, full day, 1/2 day), took place 17-19th April 2013 at School of Architecture (ESALA, University of Edinburgh). The event was organised by Rocio von Jungenfeld (ESALA) in collaboration with Karl Monsen & Diego Zamora (School of Design, University of Edinburgh). The aim of this workshop was to investigate the creative possibilities of 3D printing in the context of outdoor spaces. The workshop explored possible ways of engaging people and outdoor environments through the use of the concepts of scale and replication.

OLEUS  started in 2012 as an inter-university initiative between the University of Edinburgh and Plymouth University for postgraduate students and early-career researchers. The first OLEUS event consisted of a 3-day workshop/ seminar in December 2012 (6-9th) that was hosted at ESALA, University of Edinburgh. The event was organised by Rocio von Jungenfeld (University of Edinburgh) in collaboration with David Strang (Plymouth University). The aim of the workshop was to investigate the creative possibilities of portable electronic devices in outdoor spaces within an interdisciplinary inter-university context, through the practice of creating collaborative artworks and presenting them in public outdoor spaces.


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