Toonmoment Cultivating Communities [Dutch]

Posted by Katrien on Monday September 24th 2012 at 13:25

Tijdens Manifesta 9 heeft Cultivating Communities (Ben Hagenaars & Jessica Schoffelen) samen met een expertenteam van onder meer bewoners van Genk-Zuid,buurtverenigingen, vertegenwoordigers van de industrie en de stad Genk, verkend hoe industrie en wonen kunnen samengaan. Dit collaboratief proces leidde tot een scenario dat het verhaal vertelt over hoe een Genkse familie omgaat met de milieuproblemen die er zich voordoen. Dumont 38 was het hoofdkwartier tijdens dit trajecten de plaats waar het scenario gedocumenteerd werd.

Het scenario,het productieproces en de toolkit om het scenario verder uit tebouwen worden gepresenteerd in Dumont 38 tijdens hetsluitingsevent van Manifesta 9.

Je kan dit bezoeken op zaterdag 29 september tussen 18 en 21u.
Locatie: André-Dumontlaan 38, 3600 Genk

Digital public spheres: call for papers

Posted by Selina on Wednesday September 19th 2012 at 14:14

CALL FOR PAPERS – Journal Comunicação e Sociedade [Communication and Society], ISSN: 1645-2089, nº 23.
Deadline: January 31, 2013
Volume Coordinators: Helena Sousa, Manuel Pinto and Elsa Costa e Silva
Communication and Society Research Centre
University of Minho – Portugal

Theme: Digital Public Spheres – fragilities and challenges

Despite criticisms, the concept of public sphere developed by Jürgen Habermas has remained a seminal notion on the democratic functioning of societies. The present-day transformation of the mass media paradigm poses new theoretical and methodological challenges regarding the understanding of citizens’ participation in the public spheres. Discussions on public spaces are faced with various forms of socializing, networking and with new channels for dissemination and exchange of information. Conventional debates about power, control, citizenship, participation, self-expression and identity must be readdressed taking into consideration new contexts and possibilities. This issue of the ‘Communication and Society’ journal aims to explore  the limits and virtues of public debates in new digital spaces.

The volume coordinators particularly welcome proposals in the following areas:
– Conditions for the realization of digital public spheres;
– The role of social networks like Facebook, Twitter or blogs regarding the public sphere;
– The regulation of digital public spheres;
– Organizational and business interests in the digital public sphere;
– Old versus new media  and the public sphere;
– New media practices in the digital public sphere;
– Media literacy, citizenship and participation in the digital public sphere;
– Young people and the digital public sphere;
– Digital Exclusion / inclusion: processes, barriers and potential;
– Public policies: market versus ’empowerment’ in the digital sphere;
– Methodological debates on the study of digital public spheres;
– The ‘neutrality’ of the network and ideological conformation;
– Digital identity in the public sphere: citizens, consumers, users and producers.

Book reviews on these topics are also welcome.

“Comunicação e Sociedade” is a double blind peer-reviewed journal.

For more information, see:

Editorial rules for electronic submission of manuscripts can be found, both in Portuguese and English, at:ção_originais.pdf

Original texts should be sent in Word format to

In ‘Subject’, the authors should write: Communication and Society Journal Vol 23.

Languages: English and Portuguese

Notification on acceptance: March 2013

Publication date:  June 2013.

RECIPROCITY design liège: Call for presentations

Posted by Selina on Monday September 17th 2012 at 15:50

Animation Vegetation @ Design and Emotion conference

Posted by Ben on Monday September 17th 2012 at 10:29

From the 12th to the 14th of September I (Ben Hagenaars) attended the 8th international conference on Design & Emotion in London. The central theme of the conference was ‘Design Out of Control’. The topic focussed on the challenges and opportunities design is faced with today. On the first day off the conference I presented my case study Animation Vegetation. I am proud to say that my project received the ‘Best Case Study Award’. You can find the presentation here.

“Hack-a-Thing, the sequel” has started!

Posted by Selina on Saturday September 15th 2012 at 12:13

Today, Saturday 15th of September, “Hack-a-Thing, the sequel” started: a two-day (follow-up) workshop (organized in the context of “The Machine” (Design Hub Limburg, see: in which everyday objects, appliances and electronics are hacked. Again, programmers, electronic-fans, code doctors and hack-fanatics came together at FabLab Genk (INTERREG-IV) to work with Arduino, the lasercutter, the 3D-printer and the CNC mill. Today and tomorrow, they will be working on the craziest hack-projects you can imagine!

Be sure to check out FabLab Genk’s Facebook page and Twitter and stay updated on “Hack-a-Thing, the sequel”!

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