James Auger (GB)

How to make a battery run on gravity


James Auger presents how to make a battery that runs on gravity in the Playground. A playful solution to a serious problem — how to create sustainable energy? Come see how you can power a turntable or turn on a light with just the energy generated by dropping a heavy load from a significant height.


James Auger is an associate professor at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) in Portugal. His current research explores the potential of the Island as an experimental living laboratory through a combination of fictional, factual and functional multi-scale energy-related proposals and projects.

After studying Design Products (MA) at the Royal College of Art James moved to Dublin to conduct research at Media Lab Europe (MLE) exploring the theme of human communication as mediated by technology. After MLE he worked in Tokyo as guest designer at the Issey Miyake Design Studio developing new concepts for mobile telephones. Between 2005 and 2015 James was part to the critically acclaimed Design Interactions department at the RCA, teaching on the MA programme and continuing his development of critical and speculative approaches to design and technology, completing his PhD on the subject in 2012.

Running parallel to this academic work James is partner in the speculative design practice Auger-Loizeau, a collaboration founded in 2000. Auger-Loizeau projects have been published and exhibited internationally, including MoMa, New York; 21_21, Tokyo; The Science Museum, London; The National Museum of China, Beijing and Ars Electronica, Linz. Their work is in the permanent collection at MoMa.

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