As a way to present Wasteland Twinning I organised an afternoon workshop with students from Lawrence Technological University, Detroit, under the benevolent eye of their tutor Steve Coy. We bumped into Steve and Dorthe Coy on the Köpi Brache a few weeks ago and discussed giving a short presentation of the project and coming Fallow Games.
Students were encouraged to bring broken objects, machines and discarded materials from the city to an improvised workshop on the wasteland. Rather than being fixed these materials were then taken apart and reinterpreted as multi-tools in an attempt to place emphasis on how the site is and can be used.
I asked these fellow explorers what skills they employed in their journeying through the much documented post industrial ruins of Detroit, and then to create multi-tools that reflect their various approaches.
Within an hour or so we had the prototype designs for a mobile swing/seat/beer holder, some double-bluff Street Artist's apparatus (and tin holder), a raft for conveying dredged or other materials over the Spree and various seismograph/sun flare devices that had a distinctly ritualistic feeling. A pair of students created a 360° panoramic tripod using the cogs of a bicycle wheel which was immediately ready for use in documenting the site. You saw them here first!