São Paulo ‘Giramundo’ mediations by Erica Umakoshi, Renata França Marangoni, Carolina Gusson and Eloisa Dezen-Kempter, from the High-Low 2011 São Paulo Visiting School

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São Paulo

Machine Mediations Festival of Electronic Language

Tuesday 17 – Thursday 26 July 2012

As part of the 2012 International Festival of Electronic Language (FILE) in São Paulo, the July workshop will use electronic art to create interactive environmental mediation systems. Rather than just passively controlling the movement of light, wind or water, these new mediation machines will actively transform environmental effects as well as react to the movements of people and different programmes. Incorporating associative modelling, processing and Arduino, the design of the environmental systems will address multiple scales within the urban condition, creating new microclimates within the city. The systems will be produced by means of new and inventive methods expanding on different digital forms of fabrication, including lasercutting and CNC routing and milling. 

These machinic mediations will be calibrated to respond to the social, economic and climatic conditions of precarious urban conditions within the city – be it within a favela, underneath a viaduct, or along an abandoned avenue. Throughout, the workshop will collaborate with the microagencies who negotiate between the private and public sectors to promote new social programmes that empower the local communities. The interventions will be catalysts for new types of social enterprise using a high-tech/low-tech strategy – employing local builders and construction techniques, but transforming them through digital fabrication technology.

We will work in the headquarters of the SESI organisation – a private/public enterprise that offers vocational courses and career development, funded by a payroll tax on industry, and sponsors of the FILE exhibition. The goal of the workshop is to create new spatial organisations using interactive and structured environmental devices which are then networked within the larger cultural and ecological systems of the urban setting. The course will be taught by tutors from the AA School, environmental engineers and local Brazilian designers.


The deadline for applications is 3 July 2012. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £50 by the online payment system. Fees are non refundable. Fees do not include flights. Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but advice on accommodation options can be given.

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.


Programme Directors
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Franklin Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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