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Design your Buddy

Creative project Factory

Key data

Techniques: Collaging, Three dimensional design
I can do alone: Yes
Required time: < 45 minutes
Locations: Home, Workroom


If you could create a three-dimensional Buddy for yourself, what would it look like? Is your Buddy more human or more machine? What characteristics does a Buddy need? And what might the perfect Buddy look like?

Instructions for making it yourself

You will need

  • Paper
  •  old newspapers / magazines
  • pens
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1: Collage

Find pictures of bodies, machines, vehicles, technology and electronics and cut or print them out. Use them to create your Buddy as a human-machine figure. Add body parts that Buddy is missing by drawing or painting them.

Try it out

Can you build Buddy in three dimensions? What materials are used to make a robot or a human-machine hybrid?


What human body parts or senses can be replaced by technology? Is technology always a superpower?

You will need

  • Recycled materials such as cardboard, toilet paper rolls, corks, packaging, yogurt lids, old Lego figures, or similar items
  • Wire, sticky tape or glue
  • Paint
  • Play-doh or other materials to mold something into shape

Basically: whatever you like and can use.

Step 2: Materials

Look around your home and collect materials: many things get thrown away even though you can still build something out of them. You might find some interesting packaging material like shiny yogurt lids or broken toys or old screws.

Look closely

Walk through the exhibition spaces and look for artwork that also resembles robots or human-machine hybrids. Look at what materials the artists use for their works.

Step 3: Build

Use wire, sticky tape, glue, Play-doh or similar to join the materials together to create your Buddy for Xen.


And we are very curious about the result: feel free to send us a picture if you like. The best way to do this is via social media and the hashtag #MBFutureBuddys.


Can machines and robots replace humans?

Ponder this

Do robot buddies already exist today? Do you know of any technologies that we talk to or that help us in our everyday lives?