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Mareike Gast - Possibilities of organic electronics. Hafnarhus, Thursday 22nd of September at 8 p.m.

Iceland Design Center, Reykjavik Art Museum and Iceland Academy of the Arts introduce a lecture by industrial designer Mareike Gast on the possibilities of organic electronics on Thursday 22nd of September 8 p.m. at Hafnarhus.

The title of the lecture is: Thin, flexible, colourful, transparent, foldable - the potentials of printed organic electronics from a designer's point of view. Electrically conductive or semi-conductive plastics can be printed just like normal ink. Therefore it is possible to print electronic circuits, solar cells, OLEDs, batteries and sensors almost like a newspaper.

Organic electronics, being one of the most promising fields in material and technology research, are especially interesting for industrial designers since their new possibilities will not just change the products but also their handling, interaction and service completely. Suddenly electronic products can become flexible, transparent, colourful, foldable, ultra-lightweight, energy-autarkic and mobile.
However, questions arise, like: Does a cheap technology like printing necessarily produce cheap disposables or how do printed high-end products look like? Can a flexible substrate like paper or foil with organic electronics be shaped with traditional methods and what is the result of that contrast? How does the user interact with flexible electronics? What if printed organic electronics are recyclable or bio-degradable? How do products function and look like that are custom-printed?

The lecture gives an overview on the latest developments in printed organic electronics and shows the concepts based on this technology by design students from Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, where Mareike Gast taught as visiting professor in 2011.

The lecture will take place in English, is free and open to all.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 05.06.2015