Workshop: PD for cognitive impairments @PDC’12
On Sunday the 12th of August we (Karin Slegers, Pieter Duysburg, Helma van Rijn & Niels Hendriks) organised a workshop on participatory design on cognitive impairments (full title: Participatory Design for Users with Impairments Affecting Cognitive Functions and Communication Skills. Now that’s a mouthfull.) We received submissions/applications for more or less 15 participants working with target groups such as aphasia, dementia, autism, depression,… and using a variety of participatory methods.
From september 8 till september 16, my installation ‘Exploded Film‘ will be part of Set Off – a group exhibition of 24 artists in the Molens Van Orshoven in Leuven. The exhibition is meant to draw attention to the creative potential of Leuven and to raise questions about the lack of affordable artists workspaces and exhibition spaces.
Everybody is welcome at the opening party on saturday september 8 at 20h with Prof. Dr. Willem Elias as guest lecturer and with amongst others Dj Hafida and performances by Didi De Paris, Dirk Vekemans and Line Closset. Location: Stapelhuisstraat 15, 3000 Leuven (Vaartkom). More info about this exhibition: setoff.be
NIVA TO NENETS picnic-quiz at PDC’12
Rosanne van Klaveren presented her interactive roadmovie NIVA TO NENETS at the Participatory Design Conference in Roskilde, during a picnic-quiz. In three questions she asked the motivated group of participants about their opinion and concerns related to some side-effects of bringing help to an indigenous people (in this case the Nenets, a semi-nomadic reindeer herding people in the northwest of the Russian Federation). The answers to the quiz-questions were connected to colourfull picnic-blankets with matching picnic-snacks. A Lada Niva made from wood and felt stimulated the creative minds and the feeling of togetherness.
From September 19th to 21st, 2012 the Faculty of Arts organizes a workshop on Digital Humanities. International experts are joined by researchers of the Faculty’s Research Units to show state-of-the-art computer-assisted research. The workshops aims at doctoral students who want to learn about digital methodologies in related fields. The workshop is open to researchers and students from inside as well as outside KU Leuven.
More information can be found here
Workshop on Human Values
On Sunday 12th of August a workshop on Human Values within Participatory Design was given during PDC’12 (Participatory Design Conference, Roskilde, Denmark). For a whole day long, approx. 24 people exchanged their experiences with the topic and develloped an approach for a specific case study. Although ‘being human’ is always a main aspect of Participatory Design in general, a specific focus on Human Values leads to interesting discussions and valuable outcomes. Especially when inclusion is one of the goals…