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14/12 on a panel about quality and excellence in the arts

4 Dec

12391866_896921913736626_8270257410686512697_nIt has been a pleasure to have been part of the last stages of this exciting process and to be on the panel about artistic excellence on which I talked about measuring the unmeasurable and about the peer assessment exercise with the students of Digital Arts.


New Course, New Place — started yesterday

29 Sep

12019938_10153691678216289_313438978359216208_nActive Design Processes – Collaborative Practice – A course for the 3rd years Digital Design at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta . Nice group of students. Loving it!

challenging group dynamics in participatory design

23 Jun

homePhoto10At IDC 2015 (interaction design and children) in Boston PhD candidate Maarten Van Mechelen presented the following paper I collaborated on. Well done Maarten! It is a pleasure to be your mentor.

In this paper we explore whether Social Interdependence Theory (SIT) is a useful theoretical framework to anticipate on challenging intragroup dynamics in co-design with children. According to SIT, there are five principles that mediate the effectiveness of cooperation: positive interdependence, individual accountability, promotive interaction patterns, social skills and group processing. First, we theoretically ground six challenging group dynamics encountered in a previous study. Next, we introduce SIT and describe how we applied each of the five mediating principles in a new case study in which 49 children aged 9 to 10 were involved in a series of co-design sessions. Afterwards, we present our findings and reflect upon the SIT inspired co-design procedure. Finally we touch upon topics for further research and we make a call for more research on SIT in the Child Computer Interaction (CCI) community.

the proceedings of the conference are free to read here

good read: The best interface is no interface

30 Mar

UnknownIn his book The best interface is no interface Golden Krishna makes us rethink the use of screens. The book reads like a novel and is carefully designed. He challenges us in an amusing and even hilarious way to how far we have come to be hooked to interfaces for everything and how ‘un’useful they sometimes are. There are alternatives to think beyond screens and make life less complex. I like the ‘Keep it Stupid Simple’ attitude. I also like the fact that Golden forces us to go back to the essence and then go for the best and most logical solution to a technical  or a design problem. A life with less buttons and less screens. A future using the essence of technology. For that he uses 3 principles: 1. Embrace Typical Processes Instead of Screens, 2. Leverage Computers Instead of Serving Them, and last but not least 3. Adapt to Individuals. A must read for designers and technology lovers I would say.

hartbovenhard leuven – het statement was …

26 Oct

academisch hoger kunstonderwijs is wel zinvol en nuttig. Jongeren die Kunsten studeren vinden heel divers hun weg in de maatschappij en zo hoort het ook. Hun kritische, creatieve blik op de realiteit houdt ons scherp. 1901328_10152858681501289_4137250443448174508_n

tomorrow: Barcamp Antwerpen 2014 – tinkering

16 May

to be to tomorrow. Guess I will talk about tinkering creativity and kids! Looking forward to it


Prélude Pathétique

12 Dec


Op vier december opende in de Leuvense Universiteitsbibliotheek de expo ‘The Prélude Pathétique’. Tijdens de tentoonstelling geven 27 kunstenaars hun visie op het eeuwenoude thema van de transfiguratie. Deze tentoonstelling is de eerste editie van een reeks activiteiten waarmee LUCA School of Arts een platform wil creëren voor haar eigen jonge talent én haar gevestigde waarden; niet enkel Luc Tuymans en Michaël Borremans, maar ook Philippe Van Snick, Dan Van Severen, Herman Asselberghs, David Claerbout en vele anderen krijgen een plaats in deze expo.

De expo loopt nog tot 31/1 en maakt van het bezoeken van de bibliotheek een bijzondere ervaring. Mocht je in de buurt zijn, zeker binnenlopen!

sound & image happening in Museum M

25 Jan

ImageMost welcome at M in the evening. Entrance is free, no reservation needed:

16.30 Introduction by Peter Jacquemyn (LUCA – Sint-Lukas Brussels)

17.00 Jeroen D’hoe: Creative ear-sight. (LUCA – Lemmensinstituut Leuven) A composer’s inquiry into cross-artistic research

17.30 Wim Lambrecht: ‘Suite Traced in Light’, sound fragments by Peter Maxwell Davies, Dmitri Sjostakovitsj and Wolfgang A. Mozart (LUCA – Sint-Lucas Visual Arts Ghent)

18.00 Robin Hayward: States of Rushing – lecture (TU Berlin, DE)

18.30 Pause

19.30 States of Rushing, performance by Robin Hayward (TU Berlin, DE)

20.30 2 x 2 performance by Peter Jacquemyn, Klaas Verpoest, Jan Pillaert (LUCA – Sint-Lukas Brussels) and Sigrid Tanghe.

Wedstrijd 5voor13

19 Jan

In mei gaat op c-mine de c-mine crib (creatief bedrijven centrum) en ze doen dit met een wedstrijd. Onder het mom een beetje promo kan geen kwaad hierbij de oproep:Image

How Do You Do – Creative Media Days 2012

1 Dec
How Do You Do, Ghent - November 8, 2012

How Do You Do, Ghent – November 8, 2012 (foto: iMinds)

It was fun moderating the roundtable on Creative Software at the second edition of HDYD. Great to see what Hans Bonte is doing with Musecore. Inspired by Matt Cottam and his projects for google web lab. Intrigued by the way Mark Florquin and Erik Van Straaten use new technology in their work. Surprised by the beautiful work of Tom Heene and curious to see whether the guys from Dropstuff will succeed with their interactive game project.