Origami and science – collaboration with Kumamoto University

What can be the role of arts and design in this era of big changes in both society and science? How can we use traditional techniques to develop state of the art scientific research and bottom up initiatives?

Studio HB is a design and research lab, working in the field for many years.
Senri Nojima, artist and professor at the Kumamoto University, invited Hannie van den Bergh from Studio HB to talk about her working method and give the students of the University the opportunity to discuss about a broader approach to the role of arts and design.

In June Hannie van den Bergh will give provide two workshops about the interplay of origami and nano science. During these workshops students will get the possibility to make nano structures with origami, to give room for new forms of nano structures, and to think about new applications of (nano)science for societal issues.
The interdisciplinary approach of Studio HB will be combined with the craftsmanship of origami in Japan. We hope that new ideas will flourish, inspire and nourish future collaborations.

The workshop nano origami has been developed within the European Project Seeing Nano (Horizon 2020) – Developing visualization tools that enable Nanotechnology awareness, with guidance for seeing at the Nano scale – in close collaboration with the University of Leeds. Different science centers around Europe presented this work.
In 2016, Studio HB was invited to give this workshop at the ELISAVA (School for Design and Enigneering in Barcelona).
WEBSITE: seeingnano.eu

Hannie van den Bergh / Studio HB
Hannie van den Bergh is an award-winning documentary maker and designer. She uses film, performance, graphic design, social design and community art as a tool for social transformation, future scenarios and interdisciplinary research.
She traveled to Japan in 2004, as a participant of AIR RIce+ Tokyo, to do research on mapping and to develop new maps.
In 2011 she was invited to take part in the Machiya AIR project, organized by the KCCC (Kyoto) to do research on the future of these wooden houses and its inhabitants/dwellers.
Since 2013 she is curator of the Deshima AIR program Amsterdam, hosting Japanese artists to maintain and strengthen the special cultural relationship between the Netherlands and Japan.
In 2000 she founded Studio HB, a multidisciplinary design studio for public, private and social sectors.
They work with leading scientists, creatives, writers and engineers. Clients and Partners: European Commission, CERN, Dutch Embassy, City of Amsterdam, Unicef Uganda, Sanoma.
WEBSITE: studio-hb.nl