How can a poet, an engineer, an artist and a designer work together?

For its second session, the Hive collaborative residency gathered talents from various different backgrounds and skills, composing intercultural and interdisciplinary teams. Discover how they work together.

On a late Monday evening, if you happen to visit the Hive, you may find many curious items all across the workspace. A cyr wheel leaning against a wall, several keyboards and DIY electronics on some desks, many colourful sketches and drawings pinned on boards of all size and shapes, a big cardboard structure looking like a phone booth prototype.

One could say the HIVE stands somewhere between Andy Warhol’s Factory and a high-tech company innovation lab, while being none of those. HIVE #2 teams are composed of people from a large span of fields: design, video game, fashion design, mathematical research, engineering, circus, filmmaking, coding, poetry, sound design. How do all these people work together?

Constituted 4 months ago,

the teams were formed through hackathon-like ideation session to generate projects ideas.

Then, hivers selected the ideas they believed in and constituted interdisciplinary teams. In all the HIVE projects, interdisciplinarity is the key to create friction and open new doors for creativity and innovation.

Slovak circus artist Tomas Vaclavek is working on Audiocrumbs, a collective audio experience to discover the site of thecamp through interactive stories. Through the HIVE, Tomas saw an opportunity to enrich his artistic approach.

A few months ago, in circus school, I was feeling a little stuck, as I was always in the same environment, always in the same circles.”, says Tomas.

I wanted to see if I can take my expertise somewhere else. I wanted to use what I learnt along these years and team with a game designer or a mathematician, or a scientist, and that’s what this place can offer to me. So that allowed me to enter into new bubbles.

French designer Julia Jacques is working on Alola, an intercultural exchange project between refugee and local kids. Julia has been challenged in this new environment, compared to her previous experiences in big companies.

I worked a lot with engineers or consultant, and I was considered as the creative person. Here at the HIVE, it’s not the same at all, because I am amongst other artists, and I have this designer mindset and set of methodologies.”, says Julia.

On the other hand, Finnish circus artistic director Corinne Linder thinks that circus art can challenge traditional workplaces, with a specific approach on innovation and risk taking.

When working with circus artists, we explore a lot of different ideas in every direction. Julia often comes up with simple and practical solutions, focusing on the user, whereas I’m thinking more about surprising people or getting them a bit lost. So it’s a really nice combination.”, says Corinne.

Lithuanian artist and designer Vytautas Jankauskas and Brazilian coder Felipe de Souza work on Cached, a visualization of personal data to question people’s use of social networks. HIVE #2 teams often defined their own specific framework for group work. Puzzled by the growing importance of social media, they wanted to know more about the role of personal data and algorithms in our social lives in order to convey it in a compelling way.

As the issue of online privacy deals with every aspect of society, they formed a team with a large span of skills.

“We have a big team with very different profiles: three designers, an artist, a poet, an engineer, and a coder.”, says Vytautas.

Working together with different methodologies and backgrounds is not always easy, so they created their own methodology on the job.

“We adopted a decision process almost like a democracy. Every member of the team has a word to say in the strategy and the direction of the project.”, says Vytautas.

Still, some members of the team evoke the difficulty to gather all energies in the same direction. As some prefer to spend more time on conceptual thinking, others feel the need to prototype at an early stage.

“With a broad topic that can be approached by very different angles, prototyping is the best option to make things clearer. If you can’t prototype anything, think about it!”, says Felipe.

When looking at the diversity of projects at the HIVE, one may not find a magical methodology for innovation. Instead, an eagerness to explore and define new ways of working together … as bold and experimental as their workspace looks like.

Follow the projects of HIVE #2 on ​hivers.fr!

Stéphane Garti, 22. France.

Stéphane Garti, 22. France.

Programmer and Digital Artist.

Creative Connections Prototype Showcase Hive#02

September 26 and September 27 – 1:30pm – 9pm

Free event, registration necessary

After several months of collaborative residency to explore and hack the future, our 20 young creatives present the results of their work.

5 challenges. 5 concrete solutions to universal challenges: foster intercultural encounters, raise awareness about plastic pollution, reconnect with past generations, signify the impact of personal data, meet through a new form of narration.

Take a look at the prototypes

Language: pitch session in English (simultaneous translation in French provided) , prototype testing and discussions with Hivers in French & English

Creative Connections Prototype Showcase Hive#02 - 28 / 09 / 2018