It’s 2025 and Nadia, a care worker, is on her way in a driverless car to visit Pam, an elderly woman whose mobility is restricted after a stroke. With the help of a robotic walking stick and a machine that reminds her to take her medication, Pam receives basic support. However, her voice-activated lock (VAL) is not working properly and she has to keep getting up to answer the door. Nadia’s visits become a series of increasingly frustrating failed attempts to fix VAL – culminating in an absurdly complicated device. Superflux’s work speculates about a future in which technologies support the ailing social care system. The film also gives a voice to those who have personal experience of using social care services, providing unpaid care or working in the care sector.
Lignobatt, seit 2017
Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology/ Graz University of Technology
At Graz University of Technology they have developed a way to use the flavouring substance vanillin, which we all know from baking, for sustainable energy storage.
Maroon – the virtual physics laboratory, from 2013
GameLabGraz, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science/TU Graz
Videos: ORF & GameLabGraz
Maroon is an immersive virtual physics laboratory that invites us to try out and understand scientific phenomena.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Automated Driving, from 2007
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have already become the norm in our vehicles in recent years, from lane keeping, parking and braking assist to adaptive cruise control. The next step – the transition from assisted to partially and fully automated driving – is already on the horizon.
Deconstructed furniture, objects for reading, working and talking, 2021, 2021
Erika Thümmel and the Caritas workshops
This deconstructed furniture was designed by artist, restorer and exhibition designer Erika Thümmel. Positioned in the exhibition and discourse area of Space04, the furniture encourages visitors to pause for a moment.
Mitigation of Shock, 2017–2019
(Project team: Jon Ardern, Anab Jain, Maël Héna", Mikhaela Dietch, Jon Flint, Vytautas Jankauskas, Jake Charles Rees, Alix McCabe, Danielle Knight, Nicola Ferrao, Matthew Edgson)
Animals hunted in the city are cooked, self-made window barricades and long-serving radios protect against threatening weather and marauding urban hunters.
MyCera, from 2020
Julian Jauk, Hana Vašatko, Lukas Gosch
The MyCera (Mycelium and Ceramics) project is developing a composite material made of clay, pulp and mycelium. Brick-like modules are 3D printed from clay, allowing complex and light forms that would not be possible from conventional extrusion processes.
The Living Arch. A Study Model for a Novel Wellbeing Architecture for Honeybees, seit 2020
The experimental architectural study The Living Arch combines biology, technology and design in the quest for healthy and comfort-able spaces.