Wall Radio by Coralie Gourguechon, at Lighthouse Studio launch. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.
Wall Radio by Coralie Gourguechon, at Lighthouse Studio launch. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.

LIGHTHOUSE STUDIO - Coralie Gourguechon


03 June 2014

In the third of our resident introductions, designer Coralie Gourguechon talks on her plans to develop her work with paper electronics, and what she's been up to in the studio.

Coralie Gourguechon (left) with Helen Jack at the Lighthouse Studio launch. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.
Coralie Gourguechon (left) with Helen Jack at the Lighthouse Studio launch. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.

Hi there. I’m one of the new residents in Lighthouse Studio, freshly settled in Brighton for three months. Needless to say, it’s a really great opportunity for me to be here, rusting out my english with other tech-enthusiasts and enjoying the non-desktop sea view.

During my residency, I will continue my research around paper electronics, exploring the new possibilities offered by flexible and printable electronics, through exploration, making and sharing.

Being in England is really interesting, as there is a lot happening here around flat electronics. I will investigate this area, and try to dig into various questions and eventual scenarios for the future of these technologies, following on the “electronic cartographies” research, willing to bring more openness to electronic systems. These concerns reach the problems of production, such as the lack of repair and recycling in the contemporary process.

At the moment, I’m developing a system that aims to create analogies between electronic design, product design and graphic design, through the use of abstraction. The idea behind this system is to melt the boundaries between software and hardware, through the use of code. Through an exploratory process, I’m defining a building process based on both coding and physical making. Designing a shaping system through coding will help create source code for paper electronics products, that could improve sharing, while documenting the process.

Working along a “thinking through making” practice, I’m experimenting principles with paper models and copper tape. My first prototype in Lighthouse is a radio on the wall, with a slug tape (!) antenna. It almost worked.

Last but not least, I will be sharing the work in progress through organising workshops, so stay tuned if you are interested. Also, ping me if you have questions/ answers, or want to reach out about my interest in exploring paper electronics, design, technology, making or anything vaguely related.


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