Habbakuk is a research project initiated by V2_ in 2013. It researches the improbable but true historical top secret project Habbakuk. The initial inspiration for this programme of research was a top secret experiment conducted during World War II, involving the proposed use of a special form of ice to build an aircraft carrier for the Allies.
More about the project: v2.nl/lab/projects/habbakuk
Aim of the Budapest meeting:
The programme is being developed by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and OS Kantine (Budapest). The aim of the meeting is to gather experts together from a range of backgrounds including art, design, science, and history to discuss the following questions:
- How is innovation accelerated in extreme scenarios (war, natural disaster, et cetera)?
- What happens when science and technology interact with creativity and design thinking in such a context?
- What methods are most effective to break 'innovation stagnation', and how can constraints on creativity stimulate the best outcome?
- What examples from history or our current time depict this kind of creative problem-solving under pressure?
The results of the expert meeting will become part of a larger programme of research and form part of a series of expert meetings around the globe taking place in 2013. The outputs from the meetings (notes, interviews, et cetera) will be released as part of a publication and series of documentary shorts.
Initiators and organizers:
Michelle Kasprzak, Boris Debackere, V2_
Eszter Bircsák, Melinda Sipos, Attila Nemes, OS Kantine
When and where:
June 5-6, 2013 at OS Kantine
Participation is by invitation only.