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Curated and participanted by Huishu Jia, Sandra Fruebing, Zhenhan Hao, Dionysia Mylonaki, Matt House, Yuki Uebo

Crash Course is a series of workshops designed to teach individuals specific skills outside of conventional mainstream education. Learn to fall and be prepared for a possible failure, learn the variations of a smile or be taught how to draw perfect circles and build up a memory for certain movements. Each workshop is designed to allow the audience a glimpse of alternative methodologies through participating in project experiments and aims to provoke discussion about the potential use of these learned skills.

What unites the group of designers organizing the workshop series is the strong engagement with the public to develop their ideas, which are a cross section of the social, political and cultural. Whether you train your voice to deliver a message or learn to walk like an individual every workshop explores a particular subject in a wider framework.

Functioning as research tools each course is focused around training and introduces its students to elements of society that question existing social norms and systems. The group of designers is using design as a method to address an additional curriculum of training to open up a discussion of what education can be and how it will be shaped in the future.


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SMILE - Huishu Jia

Smiling is a powerful tool and can be used by an individual to influence one's mood, attitude and health. There are also many social benefits that can help lead to harmonious interpersonal relationships. But is a smile always positive? A sarcastic smile is rarely connected with something pleasant. Through 5 types of smiles based on V&A scenario, some genuine, some insincere, Huishu presented a descriptive library of smiles. By using a mapping system she invites participants to join a contagious smiling chain to explore the various meanings of smiles in order to encourage deeper thought about human communication.


The architecture of a fall is simple. Falling is what happens when you are off balance; it makes your body drop and loose control and often provides amusement for spectators. Defined as a downward movement from a higher to a lower level, to lose one’s balance and collapse, to ‘fall’ conjures a multitude of images and associations. Falling is mostly connected to a negative event. However learning happens through failing. Within the workshop Sandra will challenge the cultural assumptions, which cast falling as a negative, intimidating notion. Through cultural research in the fields of film performance, storytelling and conversation, the workshop will address the different ways we encounter and experience falling and will ultimately encourage its reinterpretation.


Drawing a perfect circle class is one of a series of body training classes that aims to enhance your body to achieve something impossible through imitation, repetition and intensive physical training. This class emphasises on the coherency of body and mind and the strength of muscle memory. In order to achieve coherency within a specific time frame, the participants are required to think with their brains and bodies and learn to communicate with both. The course is designed to develop our muscle memory step by step. After the completion of the sections, the participants will have the chance to reveal the infinite potentials of their own body.


Our complex social environment demands that we practice social interactions. But how do people perceive the acceptable or desirable attitude when it comes to our personal impact or functional co-habitation? Since our digitalised communication made it obvious that we are expected to act in accordance with other people’s conception of who we are, to what extend should we be prepared to take on this role? Dionysia invites people to demonstrate their own communication skills, using their voice as a tool, in order to enable an observation on how we handle social situations and stimulate dialogue on the optimisation of the human as a social species, through technology.


Impersonation is the act of imitating a specific part or multiple parts of another person. This would usually be to achieve some sort of personal gain. There are many forms of impersonation, each having different functions. It may be used to evade rigid systems of control, subvert an authority, in the realisation a fantasy, to preserve a cultural icon or create a modern myth. In essence, impersonation enables people to do things that are otherwise unachievable. This class demonstrates how to begin to impersonate an individual through a series of training exercises. This workshop aims to ask how impersonation can potentially be used in an “everyday” context.


This intervention explores the grey area of the intellectual property rights to a public speech. It is also a critique on the prevalent recycling of ‘the same old rhetoric’. In the workshop, I will introduce how to make an apology based on recycling the public appologoes. I took the transcript from Tiger Wood’s infamous public apology and recycled it as a confession which I delivered to a catholic priest. I then recorded and reused his response to answer questions on Yahoo! Answers.
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