Posted by Liesbeth on Wednesday January 27th 2010 at 12:01

Our collegues of Sint-Lucas Ghent organize a day around artistic research called “Any-Space-Whatever” on the 1st of February. The goal is to present some of their internal artistic research projects and have a general debate about what artistic research means and generates. Partners in this event are HISK and SMAK.

More information about the event: and

Afbeelding 1

Public Culture in the Visual Sphere

Posted by Marjan on Tuesday January 26th 2010 at 10:59

The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department is hosting a series of lectures and panels investigating contemporary theories, practices and debates in the making and reception of public culture as they move through the visual sphere.

Curated by John C. Welchman
In collaboration with the Visiting Artist Lecture Series committee 2009-10 (Anya Gallaccio, Teddy Cruz, Kyong Park, Suzanne Wright); the Public Culture graduate committee (Edward Sterrett, Orianna Cacchione, Cara Baldwin, Katrin Pesch, Sara Mameni, Tara Zepel), and Jordan Crandall.

More info

Victor Margolin on design research

Posted by Sanne on Sunday January 24th 2010 at 15:45

In his recent paper Doctoral Education in Design: Problems and Prospects, Victor Margolin considers the status of design research. He underlines the importance of setting up clear objectives for doctoral programs within the design field.

MDA organizes lecture by Simon Bowen on Critical Design (9.2)

Posted by Liesbeth on Sunday January 24th 2010 at 13:36

09.02.2010 om 20u00
Location: Z33

Media & Design Academy is partner in the A tot Z lectures at Z33. We have experienced many interesting lectures in that framework, like the one – organized by Z33 – by Luigi Ferrarra of the Insititute Without Boundaries.


The next lecture organized by the Media & Design Academy is by Simon Bowen, who wrote a very interesting Phd on the use of Critical Artefacts in Participatory Design processes. Simon Bowen is a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University’s Art & Design Research Centre in the UK. A central theme in his work is ‘participatory design and innovation’, via which he investigates how design methods utilising ‘critical artefacts’ (provocative conceptual designs) can lead to innovation. Simon Bowen is also active in the digital world as web designer and consultant, while his creative side finds expression in photography.

The lecture will be very interesting for designers/makers/theoreticians who look for ways/methods/tools in which they can push their work to unexpected and innovative outcomes. Bowen is very interested in discussing your work, methods and approaches after his talk.

If you wanty to come, please do not forget to make a reservation, here:

Mapping the Future of the Lab: report

Posted by Liesbeth on Saturday January 23rd 2010 at 14:29

baltan map

The 1st of December the Social Spaces Group was invited to organize a mapping session in Eindhoven, Baltan Lab. The question was to explore the Future of the Media Lab. Different coordinators of international media labs were invited to join and discuss how the lab was changing these days, how these changes could be pushed in an interesting direction and how the collaboration between the different labs could be an added value.

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