We all know the ability of our partner Public Art Lab to conduct projects that will travel all around the globe (Digital Calligraffiti, Urban Media Art Academy, Connecting Cities…). The most recent example was the Light Workshop. Initiated by Susa Pop and the interactive designers Ashmi Mridul and Ninon Barray, the workshop emerged this summer in a Berliner school and traveled until in Jodhpur, in India. Here is a quick look at this bright project.
29 May 2017, the Light Workshop begins in the pupil classroom in Berlin. During one week they learned how to build light objects with renewable light sources by themselves with a kit composed by a solar panel, rechargeable battery buy windows 10 professional key and LED light fixed on a recycled plastic bottle. As a base of the process: a first tool: the famous ‘Liter of Light’ originally developed on the Philippines and adapted to the regional circumstances. The second luminous project was t’Shake Your Light: it transforms kinetic energy into electric energy. The Public Art Lab team has been inspired by the musician Sudha Kheterpal who developed the Shake Light for children in Kenya. The light objects were exhibited during the summer party of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium on 18 July 2017.
Meanwhile in Jodhpur, India
When the interaction designer Ashmi Mridul returned to her hometown Jodhpur in the summer time, she immediately saw the emergency to introduce the solar recycling object to a community who is still without any lights during the night time… From 26th – 28th August 2017, the Inner Wheel Club from Jodhpur in association with Public Art Lab Berlin (and in the framework of Future DiverCities) taught the children of the refugee colony in Jodhpur to build 500 light objects out of recycled plastic bottles and solar panels to light up their houses during the night. After the Renewable Energy Workshop which was initiated by Ashmi Mridul and Susa Pop (Public Art Lab) at Käthe-Kollwitz High School in Berlin the ‘Litre of Light’ continues its journey in India. The next step is to scale up the toolkit of the Solar Light Bottle to teach more and more communities in India to build their own Solar Light Bottles. Who said that a European project could not spread around the world?
Photos in Jodhpur: Ahsmi Mridul
A particular and loving mention to Ashmi Mridul and Ninon Barray for the creativity and passion they have injected in the Light Workshop.