raw, cooked and burnt

Hamdım, Piştim, Yandım [TR]
Design research project and 1 month workshop created by:
Ece Canlı, Ceylan Uşakierali, Levent Yücel, Kerem Erdem Göç, Merve Kurt, Serkan Aka, Bilal Yılmaz
in collaboration with TOG (Community Volunteer Foundation)
9 August-5 September 2008

This long term design research project that resulted in one-month long intense workshop located in a camping area with non-designer participants from all over the country. The project aimed
– to alternatively criticise consumption culture,
– to see daily used objects from a different perspective; to recognise our daily needs and suggest acceptable solutions from a design viewpoint, 
– to question our basic/primary needs by living in a camping area without any electronic device or appliances,
– to produce fundamental objects with ecological and found materials that would the needs in question,
– to engage with the local producers, discussing about participating local production; to utilise their local production techniques and materials,
– to encourage participants (as the volunteers of TOG) to take the new techniques they learnt to initiate new projects in their hometowns/regions based on their new knowledge and experiences to keep the project sustainable in long-term.

In the workshop, there were 40 participants (20 per each two-week period) who were studying at different universities in different programs all across Turkey and not acquainted with any design thinking or making practice, yet concerned with the production and consumption culture of contemporary Turkey—and the world in a larger scale. The workshop as a pilot implementation took place in a camping area, in a coastal village called İğneada at the northwest part of Turkey. During the camp, only tents were provided; the rest were expected to be set up and produced by participants. The working plan went as following:
– discussion sessions on consumption culture, our basic needs; ancient, local and mass productions,
– simulation games that aimed to enable participants to conceive main ideas,
– workshops for production sessions,
– fieldworks that aimed to connect with local producers, and needs and resources of the region better,
– brainstorming for design solutions,
– project development and presentations phase by participants

Elaborating on their basic needs, participants produced several objects and came up with minor system solutions (i.e. shower, cushions, lighting units, dressing cabin, kitchen, freezer etc.). Then, they produced other objects (i.e. ornaments, recycled papers, bags, wallets, earrings, necklaces etc.) by taking their secondary needs into consideration, including artistic creations.

Apart from the production process, one of the most important aspects of the project was fieldworks in the village. There were several phases of this part such as interviews with local community, investigations on local productions, materials and recycling techniques and workshops with local female producers. It also included lectures and guidance provided by the guest eco-designer Katell Gelebart who transmitted knowledge of hand-manufacturing with recycled materials such as plastic bags, tires, newspapers and such.