Open Design City ‘Make your Own Market’ Opening Act / Workshop
The Open Design City in Berlin is a collaboration space in which new relationships and projects are formed between its citizens. It is a space that takes principles derived from the Free Software and Open Source movements and applies them to Design. These Open Design principles lead to the sharing of tools, knowledge and skills, so that anyone can get involved if they have the time and commitment.
Jay Cousins and Christopher Doering, founders and citizens of Open Design City, take up residence in the Open Zone foyer of the Haus der Kulturen for the duration of the transmediale.11 festival. They bring their tools and equipment for all to share in their "Make Your Own Market" stalls that explore the principles of Open Design and new methods of monetisation and reward. They provide a space for interaction between the monetary system and Free Culture by giving festival visitors the chance to learn skills, and a platform to make and sell or exchange their own products and services.
Visitors are encouraged to share their own skills with others and to take part in open workshops ranging from screen printing to plastic making and 3D printing to sewing and upcycling. Specialised equipment such as a CNC cutter and 3D printer are free for all visitors to use. Materials will be provided but visitors are encouraged to bring items to upcycle, customise and exchange.