After having read the prompt cards, the participants were asked to open the second box, which contained the material. We had curated the material for the workshop in such a way that it would spark creativity and emphasize the hands-on character of the workshop. We did not include material that would lend itself easily for building screens, interfaces, or computers in order to avoid that participants engage in a technological perspective on the given problem. Participants then could decide to build their own artifact or collaborate with others. In the beginning, some groups started discussing their reaction to the scenario and prompt without engaging with the material and had to be encouraged to also let the material inspire their ideas. Other groups started to touch, feel and explore the material right away, while talking about their personal visions for the »Magic Emotion Filtering Machine« that they then combined with their collaborators' ideas.
Between the groups, there were different approaches during the building of the artifacts. One group of four started off discussing what kind of artifact they wanted to build. After realizing that it would not be feasible to include all four visions in one, they decided to split up and each build their own artifact that would illustrate one specific aspect of their common idea. Other groups took a rather playful approach in that they let their engagement with the material guide the building process. The building of the artifacts took about half an hour.