First steps out of space

Posted by Jessica on Wednesday January 12th 2011 at 17:14

Every year the third bachelor and premaster students of the MAD-Faculty (Campus C-mine) work together in a cross-over research project. This year, 2010-2011, the students explore and design for public space. You can read about the project called out of space here.

We want to keep you updated on the process, so here’s where we are now:

The kick-off was on December third. Since the students come from different programs the first thing is for them to get to know their teammates. We asked them to explore our C-mine campus in a playful way. We got inspired by the work ‘Bodies in urban space’ of Willi Dorner.  The results are pretty funny. You can see some of them here, here and here. This immediately set the tone for a playful and critical engagement which we believe is fruitful for design research.

We also invited two artists who critically explore people in relation to public space. Our colleague and photographer Kristof Vrancken discussed his work involving ‘Non places’ and the traces people leave behind. As he mentions himself, he researches the relationship between human and environment in the forgotten in between spaces behind the facade of society.  Karl Philips‘ work concerns what we call the ‘outcasts’ of society. He puts phenomena and people that we mostly ignore on the foreground.

Then it was time for each student team to select a public space related to the C-mine site (this can be the cafeteria, the bus, etcetera). After a week of observation, the teams explored their selected space more in depth in a mapping session. Thomas Laureyssens introduced the map-it toolkit developed by our colleagues of the social spaces research group. This exploration through mapping can further feed the process of observation.

In the following weeks students continue observing their public space. At the end of January the teams will present their findings and will then be coached by artist Moritz Ebinger to develop concepts.

We will bring you more news in our next blogpost early February.

Presentation Simon Bowen

Posted by Liesbeth on Friday February 12th 2010 at 17:29

If you were not able to attend the lecture by Simon Bowen in his Critical Artefact Methodology in design, you can have a look at his presentation.

PresentationSimon Bowen2010 (A to Z lectures)

CFA Public Practice Program

Posted by Marjan on Friday February 12th 2010 at 10:40

Otis College of Art and Design

Otis Graduate Public Practice Program Call for Applications

Los Angeles–global center of public practices by artists and collaborative groups–is the dynamic setting for Otis’ MFA in Public Practice with studio facilities in the historic 18th Street Art Center. From the beginning, students are encouraged to find themselves as emerging professionals within this vast cultural and spatial geography. Suzanne Lacy, the renowned artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art and author of the influential Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, directs the Program.


Posted by Liesbeth on Wednesday January 27th 2010 at 12:01

Our collegues of Sint-Lucas Ghent organize a day around artistic research called “Any-Space-Whatever” on the 1st of February. The goal is to present some of their internal artistic research projects and have a general debate about what artistic research means and generates. Partners in this event are HISK and SMAK.

More information about the event: and

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Victor Margolin on design research

Posted by Sanne on Sunday January 24th 2010 at 15:45

In his recent paper Doctoral Education in Design: Problems and Prospects, Victor Margolin considers the status of design research. He underlines the importance of setting up clear objectives for doctoral programs within the design field.

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