Some sewn pieces of nylon in the shape of either a torpedo, or a sphere or a donut, then a small blower, a computer, few sensors, a projector, an optimistic look at the future, the desire to experiment and then here we are! CICCIO or the Curiously Inflated Computer Controlled Interactive Object.

CICCIO is light, inflatable, transportable, white, neutral, bright, coloured, projected; it has been hung and laid down and it has been used either as vertical or horizontal space; we’ve made it in the shape of a donut, a torpedo and sphere; we’ve built it in Ivrea but then we’ve inflated it in Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, Genoa, London, Bangkok, Beijing, Venice and the next one will be in Lille.

CICCIO is an open-source platform that everyone can use, copy, modify, distribute in order to learn how to teach; to learn how to learn both space and interactivity; to learn how to make a fast prototype of spatial interfaces; to learn how to experiment simple technologies that in the next future will be implanted in our quotidian living environment: houses, shops, square, cities.

CICCIO as teaching platform has been used to develop thesis projects, prototypes and many interactive installations.

Interaction-Ivrea: Walter Aprile, Dario Buzzini, Eyal Fried, Daniele Mancini, Stefano Mirti, Line Ulrike Christiansen, Karmen Franinovic

Sponsored by: Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

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UNPACKED is an agile and fresh Office supporting a wide range of creative activities. Mainly is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving diverse disciplines including art, architecture, urban planning, photography, design, business innovation, teaching, communication and more.

UNPACKED unveils the opportunities hidden into the folds of obvious and banal, through architectures, installations, exhibitions, performances, workshops, various experiments of communication and relational design, instant and spontaneous playgrounds, experments inbetween digital and analog.

The office based in Rome started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia” and is currently driven by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators