Reading Urban Cracks: new book & website

Posted by Marjan on Monday February 27th 2012 at 20:28

New publication, as the result of a practice-based research project in Ghent:

Riet Steel, Elly Van Eeghem, Griet Verschelden & Carlos Dekeyrel, Reading Urban Cracks: Practices of artists and community workers, a publication of Hogeschool Gent & MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2012.

+ the launch of a new digital platform for the mapping of  ‘localised artistic practices’, as from 9 March:

Methods Lab ‘Ageing in Kensington’

Posted by Liesbeth on Tuesday November 1st 2011 at 13:05

Two Social Spaces researchers and four Media, Arts and Design Faculty students are in London this week to participate in the Royal College of Art Methods Lab ‘Ageing in Kensington’. Tonight we will present our mapping and our Touch of Memory project. A report will follow soon!




CFP: Whose Participation? Spaces of Interaction

Posted by Marjan on Monday May 23rd 2011 at 09:24

Call for papers:

Whose Participation? Spaces of Interaction in Contemporary Art and Architecture
December 16/17, 2011
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
Organized by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture
(gta), ETH Zurich

Design met Wortels

Posted by Liesbeth on Thursday December 2nd 2010 at 18:28

Next wednesday I participate in a conference that explores the relations between design, craft and society, called Design met Wortels. It is organised by a local heritage organisation Tapisplein. Curator is the talented social designer Laura Braspenning. The program can be found here. The description is in Dutch:
Heeft handwerk een toekomst? Ambacht klinkt stoffig in de oren, maar tegelijk is handwerk opnieuw hip! Tal van initiatieven zetten handgemaakt design in de picture, jong talent gaat opnieuw aan de slag met eeuwenoude technieken en tradities, de heropleving is een feit.

Maar hoe willen we in de 21ste toekomst verder werk maken van ambachtelijk design? Is handwerk een werkwoord? Hoe kan de erfgoedsector het kapitaal aan vaardigheden veilig stellen voor de toekomst? Hoe kunnen we inspelen op nieuwe technieken en ambachtelijke kennis inzetten in industriële productie? Wat is de taak van (kunst)onderwijsinstellingen? Waar zitten de noden en de potenties? Tijd voor debat en reflectie!

Deze trefdag wil inspireren door tal van boeiende cases en beleidsmakers, onderwijsinstellingen, organisaties en ontwerpers uit te nodigen het gesprek aan te gaan. In een cross-over tussen de sectoren cultureel erfgoed, design, onderwijs en creatieve economie starten we de praktijk- en beleidsdiscussie op. on mapping tour

Posted by Liesbeth on Monday November 22nd 2010 at 17:57

Travelling Pantry Birmingham

Our English colleagues of are travelling around these days doing colourful mapping sessions. If you want to experience the rich results of these mappings and the amazing diversity, visit their Flickr Page. The mappings have the goal to “stimulate new and interesting local projects in line with the Social Spaces thinking of Learning, Sharing and Making. The workshops will draw together inspiration from existing new projects and new methodologies … as well as spreading traditional positive community building know-how”.

Have a look at their website for more info.

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