Jan De Coster grew up with a vivid fascination for physics, science fiction stories and hacking stuff. In college he realized that all the stories around science were often far more appealing than the theory behind them. In the mid 90's he started on his first multimedia productions and eventually evolved to working in advertising, where he invented stories and games for online campaigns. This is when he developed an interest in character design, and started attending and eventually contributing to the annual Pictoplasma in Berlin. Soon his interest in virtual worlds tiered, and he started to invent interactive machines in the real world, Robots in particular, because they are the perfect match of his interest in physical projects and character design.
Besides working in his studio, Slightly Overdone, Jan also started teaching at Erasmus High School Brussels in 2013, telling students specializing in "Art & Technology" about the creative side of electronics and the design of interactivity in physical space. On his quest to make Robots a more widely accepted creative medium, Jan is now teaching young and old about building Robots, focusing on the design and the process, and the way they make us feel.
Jan is very involved in the maker movement in Belgium, working in FabLab Brussels and starting a new FabLab in Mechelen in the fall of 2015. He is also involved in the FabLab Junior project, bringing a mobile FabLab with 3D printers and laser cutters to summer camps where kids can learn how to work with this new technology, and hopefully build a lot of Robots with it.
MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS
THE ROBOT SOUL ON MAKE MAGAZINE
I was very honoured when Make Magazine published my story about The Robot Soul
SCHEIRE EN DE SCHEPPING
Watch me electrocute Bart De Pauw during the TV show "Scheire en de Schepping".
WHEN DIGITAL BECOMES HUMAN
For this new book by Steven Van Bellegem we did a very intimate photo shoot with my robots for different spreads in the publication.
The second issue of Sparkle magazine was titled "Gamechangers". I'm glad to be part of that group.
ARTE CREATIVE 2013
A few days before Pictoplasma 2013 Arte Creative did an interview with Yummy and me. It was part of a report that gives an overview of the festival.
Ordinary CGI wasn't enough for this campaign. Boondoggle wanted a real kitchen robot.
Client: BOONDOGGLE, DELHAIZE
MINI FAN THE FLAME
On the edge of 2011, I created this flaming installation for MINI on the Brussels Motor Show.
Client: TBWA, BMW MINI
INFAMOUS SECOND SON
For the launch of this new title, Playstation challenged people in a shocking way.
(photo Evi Wilmus)
Client: SONY PLAYSTATION, TBWA
NISSAN JUKE BALL
I created both a kick-ass virtual AND real Pinball, with the Nissan Juke as the star of the game.
Client: TBWA, NISSAN
Nothing less than total annihilation of your competitor, is what this installation promises.
Client: PROXIMITY BBDO
DODGE DARE DAYS
A near-death experience generator for the masses. Still my largest installation to date.
Client: PROXIMITY BBDO, DODGE
Robin is the music lover in our robot family. Robin mainly listens to Infrasonic Music so most of it can not be percieved by human ears.
BILL AND TED
These 2 heroes were fortunate to loan a couple of Denso arms during our show at Stima Conference in 2013.
Magnolia is the second prototype of the Kinesics project, bringing a thouch of spring in your hat.
Pinecap is the first prototype of the Kinesics project, exploring dynamic body language enhancement.
WORLDS FIRST INTERACTIVE TRAMPOLINE
During the A.NY Party 2013, @ Designcenter De Winkelhaak, I demonstrated this prototype.
SHADOW & LIGHT @ TEDx
As a part of the TEDx Flanders event, Introspection, we created this interactive light painting installation.
Discover the animated characters inside you, with this Kinect controlled installation.
Nermahl is created in the wake of the Jummie Robot. His main activity is drawing lines on a piece of paper. He decides what he draws.
NERO & FRIENDS
Nero gets the kick of his life when one night a shooting star lands right on his nose !
Of course our second little attention junkie, also deserved her own little universe. Pop away !
TASMEEM 3AJEEB! 2015
In the spring of 2015, we made some awesome robots at VCU Qatar, with fashion, interior design and graphic design students.
During the second half of 2014, I started talking with partners to open a new Fablab in Mechelen. Expect more exciting news early 2015.
MULTEC STUDENTS ROBOT PROJECT
During my debut semester teaching at Erasmus Highschool in Brussels, my students made an awesome bunch of Robots.
TOEKOMST ATELIER DE L'AVENIR
Early 2014 we did a couple of classes about Robot's and the Fablab with 50 kids of this project.
INFANT ROBOTS @ DEVINE
On November 15th 2013 we built these rigs with the final year Devine students from Howest school in Kortrijk, Belgium.
During the OHM2013 Festival we gave an important challenge to 20 children, ages between 4 and 7. The Future of Robotics looks Fluffy and Cheerful.
STIMA STUDENTS 2014
After my delightful presentation at Stima 2013, I will enjoy doing the same for the Stima Students.
ADOBE EDUCATION SUMMIT BARCELONA 2013
I was very happy to speak at the Adobe Education Summit again, this fall in Barcelona.
ADOBE EDUCATION SUMMIT ISTANBUL 2012
On the shore of the Bosphorus I presented my work process to a group of European Educators.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
In the spring of 2015 we will lighten the city of Barcelona with the birth of some awesome Robots.
INTERNATIONAL ROBOFORUM MOSCOW 2015
I will join an discussion on the future generations of Robot builders, and the importance of creative processes.
The Belgian community of marketing professionals will learn about the next revolution in digital marketing.
In the summer of 2013, 16 years after HIP97, I packed my camping gear, and headed for the Dutch countryside, to give workshops about the future of robotics.
During the whole of 2013 I gave presentations at several Belgian Agencies: TBWA, BBDO, Boondoggle, Square Melon, Mortier Brigade, These Days, Design is Dead, Famous, LDV, Focus, Havas...
MULTI MANIA 2013
I was talking about robots at the Multi Mania conference in Kortrijk, Belgium 13-14 May 2013
OFFF LILLE 2012
In the fall of 2012 I was very honoured to share a stage with people like Joshua Davis, Brosmind, Florian Schmitt and many others.