The Unsworn Blog
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Grand Opening of Falsterbo Strandbad
Falsterbo Strandbad opens its doors to the public Saturday 6 February.
Award winning Monsters?
We are IxDA awards finalists for our work with Storsjöodjurscenter.
Tallinn Telecom Talk
Unsworn talked to the Tallinn art crowd about sound in public spaces.
Slow-walking in Far East Russia.
Megaphonebooth in Malmö Freakshow
The Megaphonebooth was selected as one of the public artworks for the ambitious Freakshow exhibition to take place in Malmö during the summer of 2013.
Swedish Chronophone Launch Today
”Record your message after the beep. You have one minute. In exactly one year we will call you back and replay your message.”
Innovation Day Skåne
Hands-on facilitating the regional innovation strategi
The right to voice, through music and music-making
How do you want to Chronophone today?
Reviving Thunderstruck Telemegaphone
Telemegaphone Dale had a rough 2010. The windmill was hit by evil lightning and the pole was pushed by heavy snow. Erik and Magnus went back to Dale to oversee the installation of a new power system.
Rosengårdsstråket – Interaction Designed
Connecting different parts of Malmö
IKON Bohus – Prototyping the Past
During 2011 we will develop and try out new – pragmatic and extravagant – ways of visualising the history of the 700-year-old Bohus fortress.
Prototyping Cities for Children
Panorama-workshopping proposals for child-friendly urban environments
Call Yourself – in the Future
Chronophone is a new telephone service that allows people to call themselves – one year from now.
Life in the City – in Alnarp
Unsworn Industries sent a massive delegation to Alnarp the other day. We lectured, workshopped and exhibited at the annual Movium conference, this year themed Life in the City". Some 200 people who work with "everything between the buildings", from landscape architects to cemetary caretakers, attended.
X-Ray Parascope Shows Hidden Energy Ecology
Arlene Birt creates a behind-the-scenes panorama of the sustainable infrastructures of Västra hamnen
Unsworn Web designed and produced www.mobilsyjunta.se – a crafty website for a series of ambulating SMS-embroidery sewing circles.
Big Screen Birdwatching
Fowl-curious people gathered at the popular Unsworn Visuals-designed Social Birding tent at Falsterbo Bird Show this weekend.
Parascoping in Shanghai
Parascoping at the Shanghai World Expo
Press Release: World’s First Megaphonebooth in Helsinki
Megaphonebooth Kiasma-nurmi, a coin-operated megaphone station, is available for public use in the Kiasma lawn in central Helsinki. For one euro per minute anyone can speak into the handset and have their voice instantly amplified and projected into the local environment.
Sketching the City
We're on our way back from Gothenburg, after four days of public city-prototyping workshops and urban planning conversations with the Ingrepp research group.
Megaphonebooth Helsinki Kiasma Exhibit
A megaphonebooth is a public, coin-operated megaphone. Insert one euro, speak into the attached handset. Your voice is instantly amplified and projected into the local environment. Megaphonebooth Kiasma-nurmi will be available for public use from May 2010.
Helsinki Hot Lights
Unsworn Research hotwires Helsinki's street lights to visualise the city's energy consumption.
Up, up, and away...
One lucky Parascope is heading east for the World Expo in Shanghai.
Megaphonebooth Uudenmaankatu Sound Test
Hello hello Uudenmaankatu. I am a Swedish scientist and I'm testing this new Megaphonebooth...
Megaphonebooth at the Ready
Unsworn Telecom headed east to pick up the mighty Megaphonebooth at the metal workshop.
Lisa Wallin was Here
For the past three months we've had the pleasure of having Lisa Wallin as our intern here at Unsworn HQ.
New Parascopes in Malmö during COP15
Megaphonebooth Lisboa Workshop
As part of the UM Festival, Unsworn Telecom hosted a workshop where we scouted and tested locations for a future Megaphonebooth Lisboa.
Desktop Olympics Maribor 2009
On 21 May 2009, the world's first Desktop Olympic Games took place in Maribor, Slovenia. This premiere - carried out with due pomp and fanfare - was fuelled by the sweat from a 7-day, intensive, unsworn-academic interaction design workshop.
Pronto! Ophones in Basel
In Basel, Unsworn Sound are poster-boys for the Pronto! On Telephony exhibition at friendly plug.in gallery.
Chris Noessel "Make it So - Learning from Scifi Interfaces" at Unsworn Academy
What can we learn from science fictional interfaces?
Megaphonebooth Helsinki: Initial Scouting and Shouting
Unsworn Telecom went to Helsinki to scout and test locations for a new, loud initiative: Megaphonebooth Helsinki.
Unbelivia Wins Ophoniste Grand Prix 2009
Unbelivia wins glittery Ophoniste Grand Prix 2009.
Return of the Parascopes
Three Parascopes are back in the streets of Malmö for the Malmö Festival and beyond.
Four Ophones are at your sonic service for a week at Spångatan in central Malmö.
Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers
Bora Yoon in 2007 Pophorn action.
Jinetes de la Imagen 2007
Remembering Colombian endeavours.
We just finished playing with mighty THUTO in Copenhagen.
Robocop in the Greens
Why can't your average forest-walk be as exciting as the latest David Attenborough flick? Last week Unsworn Industries brought fuel to Region Skåne's workshop to fire up new ideas on technology-augmented nature experiences.
Telemegaphone Dale 4-Ever!
Telemegaphone Dale will reopen August 3 as a permanent landmark and grandiose communications channel of Fjaler in western Norway.
How to Drive in Istanbul?
In a two-day workshop at the PixelIST festival in Istanbul Erik (Unsworn) and Åsa (å+k and Malmö University) asked the participants: How to communicate, share, and distribute local knowledge in a digital and networked world?
55 Weeks of Gräng
Unsworn Industries celebrated 55 weeks at their Norra Grängesbergsgatan HQ with pomp and pastries.
Imagine Potential Futures with Malmö’s New Parascopes
What would daily life be like in a future Malmö with less cars? In an attempt to engage its citizens in a discussion on how to redesign the city to favour other means of transport, the City of Malmö collaborated with Unsworn Industries. They created three Parascopes – public viewers that show future panoramas based on citizen proposals.
Parascopes in Position
Hot chocolate and possible futures at the Parascope premiere in Malmö tomorrow.
Percussive Pyrotechnics Party
Unsworn Visuals provided a sparkling fireworks-drumkit for the New Year's party at Norra Grängesbergsgatan.
Daily Life with Telemegaphone Dale
We went back to Dale to meet with the local villagers and authorities to learn what life with Telemegaphone Dale has been like.
Unsworn Telecom organised a public hike up to mount Bergskletten to discuss telemegaphonic issues and to officially close down Telemegaphone Dale for the winter.
Telemegaphone Dale is no longer available. The test-run is over and the annual Dale deer hunt has begun. We're hopeful that we can turn the installation back on soon. In the meantime we have begun scouting for other nice locations for future telemegaphones.
The World Talks about Telemegaphone Dale
The interest in Telemegaphone Dale has been simply overwhelming.
County Administrative Noise Buttons
Unsworn Sound brought the noise to a new exhibition on urban and regional dilemmas.
Unsworn Academy is commended for an inspiring-yet-practical course on Interactive Flasheries.
Unsworn Web redesigned slapsticky strip-site.
Listen to Bora Yoon’s performance, live from Brooklyn via telephone at the Telemegaphone Dale opening ceremony.
Visualising a Malmö with Less Cars
Last week the Unsworn Research studio was bustling with activity, as we workshopped with the City of Malmö on how to envision less car-oriented futures.
Pophorn Grand Prix 2008
Battle for the Pophorn Grand Prix 2008 trophy at the Malmö Festival.
“Remote from what?” Telemegaphone Dale Opening Speech
In her opening speech nkd-director Elísabet Gunnarsdottír celebrated the controversial aspects of Telemegaphone Dale and questioned preconceptions of periphery and creativity.
Telemegaphone Dale Opening Ceremony
Telemegaphone Dale was inaugurated by the serene sounds of Bora Yoon.
A short version of The Making of Telemegaphone Dale.
Til topps! Telemegaphone Dale Mounting Expedition
Telemegaphone Dale is now in place on top of Bergskletten mountain. It was a tremendous collective carrying effort.
Unsworn Industries joins Malmö New Media Living Lab and goes beatboxing with Pophorns in Rosengård.
From Business to Buttons and Ophones
Moving Images with Unsworn Sound and TV-OUT visuals
TV-OUT and Unsworn Industries bring live VJ-ing and loud Pophorning to the grand finale super-mingel of the Moving Images conference.
Academic Summer Holiday
Unsworn Academy looks back at a busy spring of tutoring and workshopping at Malmö University.
Burmese Pixels at Aluma
At Aluma in Malmö Erik exhibits 265 photos of Burmese tea captured this winter with a custom 1-Pixel Camera.
Unsworn Research develops ideas for energy aware, metallic creatures and meets an old friend at the Wanås opening.
Telemegaphone Awarded - Announcing Unsworn Telecom!
Unsworn Industries is awarded funds for new Telecom division.
Instant Boomshakularic Gaffer Upholstery
Our old chair has been up-cycled by means of black gaffer tape.
Unsworn becomes Unsworn Industries and moves to a new studio.
Rent-a-Tourist in the Press
Erik’s days as a tourist-for-rent in Rome and in rural Estonia are featured in El Periódico de Catalunya.
Pophorns and Burmese Reflections at Pixelache
Erik flies to Pixelache in Helsinki to present Pophorns at Saturday’s Open Forum and to talk about Burma at Sunday’s Signals from the South seminar.
Desktop Olympics at K3
Extreme Keyboarding and Icon Hockey at the first ever Desktop Olympics workshop for design students at Malmö University.
Pitching Pophorns at SIME Innovation Day
Unsworn Industries is invited to the pitching frenzy at SIME Innovation Day.
Rag-Tagging in Stockholm
Magnus gets his hands dirty at the Rag-Tag workshop. He’ll also present UNSWORN endeavours at a public seminar in February as part of the Node.Stockholm festival.
Pophorning in Burma
Corduroid goes east.
Time is in the Air
Erik and Åsa end an amazing 10-week residency in Burma by co-organising a four hour event in a private space in north Yangon featuring interactive stamp art, sonic paper-people, proud poetry recitals, numerous 1-pixel photos and a fresh tape-salad performance.
VJ-Workshopping in Yangon
An amazingly dedicated clique of DJs and artists made it possible to overcome local challenges (no club culture, no reliable electricity, no readily available video projectors) allowing Erik to host an introduction to VJing one early, electric morning in a private apartment in Yangon suburbia.
Presenting the Unfinished in Burma
With Åsa Ståhl Erik hosts semi-public salons called Unfinished Art: Sounds, Interactions, Surprises at the Youth Art Group space in Yangon and at Panthu Sanda Art Centre in Mandalay.
At home with Unsworn; domestic Ophone fiddling on Swedish Television.
Erik Resides in Myanmar
Kindly invited by NICA, Erik and Åsa stay a few months in Myanmar as Artists in Residence.
Pophorns - Now with Faces!
Know your Pophorns.
Ink and Air
Media pays attention to the Pophorns.
Pophorn Goes Full-Pull
Birthday-Erik and Kräftskive-Magnus hunting Pophorn Alpha-testers at the Full-Pull festival in Malmö.
Four Ophones at PLEX in Copenhagen
The Four Ophones will rock the opening of Lobbyen 2.0 at PLEX Music Theatre in Copenhagen.
Sludge-miming Pophorn prototypes.
Bora Yoon Straps Ophonines at NYC Concert
Ophonine hit the big stages in the hands of our favourite New York multi-instrumentalist.
Pophorns Awarded in Stockholm
Two proud UNSWORN Pophornists were awarded the Bjarne Nyquists Minnesfond scholarship at a sunny ceremony in Stockholm this weekend. Swedish soul hero Eric Gadd handed over the big diplomas after a brief Ophonine freestyle session.
Erik Does Dale Residency
Erik has been awarded a three month Artist-in-Residence grant at the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale, Norway. Overlooking fancy fjords he is hard at work with Pophorns, legal prosthetics and lo-fi socialities.
TV-OUT vs Tallponies at Debaser
Erik’s VJ-battles Magnus’ Tallponies at the premiere of the new Swim Fast Club at the inauguration of Debaser Malmö.
Ophonine Pophorn Colombian Tour
Ophonine Pophorn premieres in Medellín and Bogotá.
Colombian Party Laboratories
In early 2007 Unsworn representative Erik Sandelin packed his Beginners’ Spanish Dictionary and went to Bogotá and Medellín to participate in two “urban laboratories”. Dancing lab-rats and lots of queso.
Sounds, Camera, Interaction!
Unsworn-Erik and Åsa Ståhl host a three day, quick and dirty, audiovisual interactive installation workshop in the outskirts of Medellín, ending in a big street party on March 2.
Would You Like to Participate?
Bleak participatory doodle featured by Turtle in Germany.
Ophonine Pophorn Demo
The first Ophonine Pophorn prototype is ready for Colombian action!
Legal Prosthetics Workshop
Could you live on a parking lot if you were a car?
Erik Interviewed by Malmö University
A short interview (in Swedish) with Erik is now available.
Personal Technologies Exhibition at K3
Since October Erik has been lecturing and tutoring the second year Interaction Design students in Physical Computing. This is their grande finale. Welcome!
Fashion+Technology Workshopping in Malmö
Unsworn lectured on post-optimal attire and instigated story-catalyst workshopping at the new Fashion+Technology course at K3, Malmö University.
Grand Ophonic New York Tour
After two years of conquering world metropolises such as Tokyo, Paris and Brösarp the Four Ophones finally got their North American Breakthrough!
In the City, the Ballets
Unsworn Mass Choreographers hosted a workshop at K3 in Malmö for 140 students.
Ophoniste Grand Prix 2006
Pontus Stalin won the Ophoniste Grand Prix 2006, hosted by Unsworn at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria. Congrats!
Orgsmobile in Paris
The Orgsmobile Paris crew, with mechanics from Unsworn New Beginings and Hidden, conducted automotive experiments and showcased some initial efforts of the Orgsmobile collaboration at Mains d'Oeuvres.
Quatre Ophones en Paris
Paris fell in love with the Four Ophones at the Mal au Pixel festival
Open Source Hardware Seminar in Helsinki
Sweet seminar on Open Source Hardware and Products at Kiasma in Helsinki.
Unsworn-Sandelin and Laika-Kurtsson VJ:ed at The Rumble in Malmö to the happy stomping of Rex the Dog and miscellaneous hiphop-derived sounds.
Action Space Boxing
Unsworn Inspirators/Perspirators instigated action space-workshopping at the IT-University in Gothenburg.
Okinawa vs Øresund
Erik and Åsa Ståhl (with Wanakio and Full Pull 05) arranged the first Okinawa vs öresund Plockepinn/Mikado match.
If you tuned into Swedish Television’s Kunskapskanalen at 1930 hours you got some Symphophony action.
Prix Europa Shortlist
Unsworn Flash Fiddlers’ Ophonist Orchestra is nominated for Prix Europa.
Play it Again, Again
The kids wept when we disassembled the Ophones at Play it Again, the sequel, in Helsingborg.
Ophoniste Grand Prix 2005
The world’s first Ophoniste Grand Prix took place at Rooseum in Malmö.
Under the Banner of Design
In the new issue of Venue Magazine, Unsworn Letterists writes wisely (in Swedish) on the ups and downs of struggling Under the Banner of Design.
Unsworn appeared at the Pixelache 2005 festival in Helsinki with oh-oh-ophones, super-seminars and precious publications.
Nokia Insight Talk
Unsworn Orators talked to, and power-pointed at, Nokia Insight & Foresight at Kiasma in Helsinki.
Interactivity Is the New Pink
We wrote something about the disappearance of the word interactive.
Paper Mill Pep Talk
Unsworn Entertainers spoke at the Braviken paper mill. Engineers only.
Doors in Delhi
An Unsworn representative was hit by a holy cow when attending a VJ workshop at the Doors of Perception conference in New Delhi.
Art’s Birthday Ophones
Unsworn brought the Ophones to Stockholm to celebrate Art’s 1 000 042nd Birthday Party at Konstfack in Stockholm.
Well, Well, Well
Unsworn executed two rapid workshops at Art & Communication, Malmö University. Corrugated cardboard engineering and elevator pitching was on the menu.
Homely Sound Installations
Habitant was three nights of sound installations in private apartments in Malmö. Erik contributed with sounds, curating and cable-crafting.
The next stop on the Four Ophones Tokyo tour is a six day exhibition at Q Flagship Store in Daikanyama. Don’t miss out on the in the evening of October 13!
Four Ophones in Tokyo
The Four Ophones rocked the Swedish Style Sunday Night party at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
Unsworn spoke at the i&d interaction design seminar in Malmö, and lectured and workshopped with the HCI Design master students at Lund University.
Digital Tattoos at ISEA
In collaboration with Swedish national radio Unsworn set up an ambulating digital tattoo service on the ISEA2004 ferry between Stockholm and Tallinn.
During his stay in Mooste, Estonia, Erik offered services to the locals, fiddled with people's things, and initiated a human snowball.
Featured on Flipper
Unsworn appeared at Swedish Radio's culture show Flipper, talking eloquently about power-monks and post-optimal stuff.
Science Friction in Boston
Unsworn went to Boston to man the panel Science Friction on fashion and technology at DIS2004.
Four Ophones Premiere
Unsworn Mechanics presented Four Ophones – an interactive sound installation for the Play it Again exhibition at NEON Gallery in Brösarp.
Erik spent May in Helsinki as Hostel Artist in Residence. He learnt how to knit, how to use a hammer drill, and how to make Brick Memories for his friends.
The Miscalculator is featured in the java-museum exhibition of netart from Northern Europe.
Unsworn-Magnus and Desearch & Revelopment-Livia hosted the Horologist Desires workshop on interactivity, desire and time at K3, Malmö University.
Unsworn found-sound connoisseurs teamed up with Åsa Ståhl to create interactive tape salads for Swedish national radio.
Unsworn visited IBM Research in Hawthorne, NY for an informal knowledge exchange session with their Social Computing Lab.
ITP Talk and Workshop
Unsworn went to New York City to talk on Post-Optimal Attire at ITP, New York University. We also ran a workhop on personal technologies as story-catalysts, attended by students from ITP and Parsons School of Design.
Gothenburg Tea Party
Unsworn ran a half-day workshop on personal technologies, post-optimal attire and experience space design at the Interaction Design master program of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg University.
Peacocks in Roskilde
Digital Peacock Tails is exhibited from 2004-01-27 to 2004-03-22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark.
Trendy Pilgrims and Peacocks
Digital Peacock Tails and Power Pilgrims went to Copenhagen to participate in the [Nordic Exceptional Trendshop.
RAM4 Survival Kit
Unsworn sent a blonde ambassador to participate in the RAM4 (Re-Approaching New Media) workshop in Helsinki.
Unsworn manned a chair in the external reference group for the HCI/Design final presentations, Lund University.
Probotyping in Lund
Unsworn ran a two day course in interventionist probotyping and post-optimal attire at the HCI/Design program, Informatics, Lund University.
Unsworn-Erik went to the two week Convivio Interaction Design Summer School in Rome and all he got was this lousy Tour-Shirt.
Power Pilgrims in Copenhagen
Desearch & Revelopment went on a Power Pilgrimage to Half-machine in Christiania.
Dressed for Dependence
Unsworn ran a two week workshop called Dressed for Dependence at K3, Malmö University, as part of the Desearch & Revelopment group.
Digital Peacock Tails Awarded
Unsworn won the STIMDI award for best Scandinavian HCI thesis of the year for Digital Peacock Tails.