‘NotQuite100’ in Het Nieuwsblad
An article about Not Quite 100 was published in the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad on Februari 16th 2010: http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail.aspx?articleid=R72M9PS3
Workshop Cultural Probes
In May we did a workshop on the use of Cultural Probes in design research for our colleagues of the research group Social Spaces.
Although Cultural Probes have become an umbrella term, they prove a useful point of departure for discussing design research and the adaptation of methods from human centred sciences in design. While we believe experimentation with methods is essential for design research to grow but also emphasizes the need for a shared vocabulary and debate within the design community we discussed the use of Probes in Not Quite 100: what actually happened, some of the problems encountered, and some of the results, and maybe provide valuable insights for other design research designs within our Social Spaces group.
Mapping the Euregional fablab: a report
On Friday 11th of June the research group Social Spaces was invited to organize two mapping sessions at the i_beta festival in Heerlen, the Netherlands. This festival revolved around innovation and new trends in the world of e-culture and creative economy. Organized by Social Beta – centre for e-culture, the i_beta festival focused especially on the challenges the Meuse-Rhine Euregion faces today and on the role e-culture can play in solving these problems. During the two mapping sessions the participants, all coming from various disciplines, designed a Euregional fablab. They discussed how they would imagine a(n) (e-culture) fablab in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion and what key values it would represent.
A reflection on artistic research
Via my collegue Sarah Késenne, I found an article on artistic research, which offers an interesting and provocative reflection. This sentence seams like an interesting starting point for further discussion: “An adequate research methodology has to be developed in order to allow the researchers positions on multiple social-material time-spaces of actual making and doing—positions that permit and actually encourage active involvement in the artistic processes in the stages of production before publication, exhibition, and critical reception.”
The rest you can read yourself at http://www.e-flux.com/journal/view/40
Call for applications: PhD fellowships in Social Spaces
Under the LSM program (Limburg Sterk Merk: Limburg strong brand), the MAD-faculty in Hasselt and Genk (Belgium) obtained substantial fundings in order to stimulate the research at the MAD-faculty (PHL and MDA) through doctoral fellowships, starting in Jan. 2011. In total it concerns 7 full-time PhD-fellowships for four years in arts & design research.
The proposed project and research question of the applicant will have to match the theme of one of the MAD-faculty research groups, among them Social Spaces (see our mission statement under ‘About’). In addition, there has to be a potential for upgrading the Limburg region. There are several substantive criteria that the application must meet. The detailed call with the assessment, template, LSM file and multi-year plan of the research group Social Spaces, will be made public during the first week of July 2010.