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Frank Kolkman

MA work


DIY Surgery Robot

By presenting the hardware for a DIY robot assisted surgery system, theoretically capable of performing keyhole surgery in a domestic setting, I aim to provoke alternative ways of thinking about healthcare and the socioeconomic frameworks it operates within. The project also questions the potential of the current digital-maker movement to adopt more critically engaging societal roles.

The OpenSurgery initiative investigates whether building DIY surgical robots, outside the scope of regulated healthcare, could provide a plausible and preferable solution to the pressing problem of limited access to professional health services for growing numbers of people worldwide.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2015

  • Degrees

  • BA Product Design, ARtEZ: The Academy of Art 7 design, 2011
  • Experience

  • Founder, Frank Kolkman Experimental Design, Arnhem, 2013; Founding member, Erlenmeyer, 2013; Tutor, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, 2013–14; Technician, ArTechLab, Enschede, 2012–13
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Bio-Fiction, Science Art Film festival, Linz, 2014; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014