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Note on: building context

The Critics’ Lab of yesterday produced a couple of valuable memo’s about the conditions that design criticism operates within today. Here’s an incomplete list, freely drafted down: – We need new forms of authorship and readership. Long reading is something you have to design. (Floor van Spanendonck) – Writing in a language that is not your mother tongue can allow to be like an outsider of your own  
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Le titre? Il n’y a pas de titre.

En dépit de son titre bien réfléchi “L’époque, les humeurs, les valeurs, l’attention” (titre qui rappelle une autre exposition de 1987: “L’Époque, la mode, la morale, la passion”), l’exposition des attendus du prix de la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard ne convainc pas. D’après notre guide, le collectif de commissaires castillo/coralles a voulu une exposition q
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Hopeful gestures

Sunday Aug 31 the results of my workshop Hoopvolle Handelingen (Hopeful Gestures) will be presented by the team of Zicht op Rotterdam (View on Rotterdam) on the Island of Brienenoord. What is hope, how does it work and how can it inform our decisions as citizens of the city of tomorrow?  I am currently writing about these questions here at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in a small treaty entitled Design Altruism. 
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Field Essays workshop: Making Sense

Directing a 3D design criticism workshop this week, for which I ask my students to analyse the work on display at the Dutch Design Week, and to produce a constructive, visual and/or spatial form of criticism. The workshop is part of my ongoing research Field Essays, about the nature of design processes. “Making Sense” is a live exhibition-in-progress, curated to be a part of the “Take On Me (Take Me On) An Alte
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Field Essays Wintergarden clown workshop

During this year’s Wintergarden*, students of TXT (textile department) and designLAB** joined together for a clown workshop led by Ivan Hannetin. Some reactions: “ It was me, but not me.” “ Even nonsense has some sense in it.” “ Clown is about being, not thinking, feeling the moment, expressing raw emotions, not lying, playing to lose control, learn to look again, be aware of what’s happening around, share time
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Note on Distilling core questions

Septembre 2007 I’ve decided to draw out all the thoughts, steps and questions that led me to where I am today, since 2003 – the year in which I initiated 5050, a practice-based research about collaborative production processes (nowadays referred to as co-design, and open source design). My hope is that maybe this way, I’ll be able to distill the core questions that drive my practice.    
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Note: Saying yes and following through

December 2006. A clown workshop led by Ivan Hannetin (FR) provokes a small breakthrough. I was looking for an attitude with which to invest my work. Working with clowns teaches me countless things: A hand made nose can a sign of radical engagement. Anything can be a topic of interest, as long as you commit to it. Anything is worth working on, even a fly. One thing at the time is the only way to really do things. A cl
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