Call for participation: Conference on Design & Emotion

Posted by Katrien on Thursday September 29th 2011 at 20:55

The 8th International Design & Emotion Conference will take place in London at the 11th-14th September 2012.  This conference is a forum held every other year where practitioners, academics and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion. They currently have an open call to submit proposals for papers, case studies and workshops/masterclasses.

For further information regarding deadlines and submission process:

Call for papers /Human cities

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday September 27th 2011 at 19:29

Human Cities, a European network that groups scientific and cultural partners involved in research and information on spatial, social and political innovation related to the production of public space in contemporary cities, organises a symposium with the title “Civil society reclaims public space. Cross perspectives based on research. This symposium is organized as part of the second festival of the Human Cities network and will be held in Brussels from 15 until 31 March 2012.
The deadline for proposals that are directly related to civil society initiatives that target “reclaiming” public space in contemporary cities is 14 october.

More information can be found on the website:

How to design for participation?

Posted by Jessica on Thursday September 22nd 2011 at 11:57

Yesterday I presented my phd to my colleagues from Social Spaces. I want to develop a method to mediate interesting relations between designers and users focussing on use time. You can find the abstract of my research here. The presentation is a general introduction, and remember this is a work in progress.

Artistic fieldwork in Kilpisjärvi

Posted by Rosanne on Tuesday September 20th 2011 at 11:39

In September and October 2011 Social Spaces researcher Rosanne van Klaveren is doing artistic fieldwork in Kilpisjärvi for her PhD project FOOD RELATED. She is staying and working at the Biological Research Station owned by the University of Helsinki. Although it is mostly biologists who do their fieldwork in this isolated place within the Arctic Circle, the Finnish Bioart Society runs an artist-in-residence program here as well.

Van Klaveren is developing cultural probes packages that will be used during her research of participatory practices for locative media art. These probes are made to be used in workshops and at home.

In the meantime, Van Klaveren is studying local food and food culture. This is important fieldwork for her participatory project about arctic food, wherefore she is very happy and thankful for being here!

Some new collected food entries from this region can be found at

website Bioart Society:

website Kilpisjärvi Research Station:

residency blog:

MAD-shop opened its doors!

Posted by Selina on Monday September 19th 2011 at 11:46

From Friday September 16th on, MAD-shop is open for business! Together with De Invasie and Moozeum, MAD-shop is part of the C-mine pop up shop in C-mine Cultuurcentrum Genk.

Until December 31st, the work of 16 careful selected designers is on display and for sale here. You can go and take a look at the designs of Noortje De la haye, Gilberte Claes, Roos De Krom, Mieke Dierckx, Sofie Hermans,Linde Hermans, Lore Langendries, Fabio Lorefice, Katrien Matthys, Joeri Reynaert, Jihyun Ryou, Dik Scheepers, Caro Van den hole, Karen Wuytens, Jill Ryckaert and Sofie Boons yourself every week from Thursday until Sunday (from 14.00h – 19.00h) until the end of the year.

The MAD-shop is the result of a collaboration between Creative Drive (a project of Stad Genk and Design Platform Limburg) and the Media, Arts & Design Faculty. For more information, see:

(Film by TV Limburg, see: