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25 years later

14 Jan

No New Year’s Resolution. Just a short reflection.

Recently I came across the poster promoting Antwerp 93. The tagline for the year questioned whether art can safe the world. Well it might not be able to safe the world, but it does make the world a better place. Over the past years I learned that one can make small differences through art and culture, so yes we can never have enough of it.

Honestly, it was not a coincidence bumping into that poster. Next week Valletta 2018 European Cultural Capital will kick off and exactly 25 years ago I had the pleasure to be part of Antwerp 1993 European Capital of Culture. Back then I just graduated and was one of the guides leading guests and visitors through the city and through all exhibitions related to the cultural capital year. It was an amazing year for a fresh graduate, as I had the opportunity to discover Antwerp’s cultural institutions on all levels. It was also the start of an art-full career. Since then I can be only grateful for what happened on my professional path.

When I left Belgium in 2015 I could not have imagined that I would again be working on an international inspiring level connecting with artist worldwide, since apart from other things, I’m again involved in a European Cultural Capital adventure. I’m honoured to be able to develop together with fantastic colleagues an artist in residence programme for Valletta 2018 that wanders towards expected and unexpected paths, connecting all art forms, science, education and health. The journey started two years ago and I hope it will leave something sustainable after the 2018.

Ready to roll and continue the story.

I wish you all an inspiring 2018 !!!


Open Call Artist Residency at Esplora

30 Dec

Curious to know who will be the artist residing at the new science centre here in Malta. The Valletta 2018 Foundation together with Esplora Interactive Science Centre and the Malta Council for Science and Technology set up a residency programme for 2018 and invites artists to apply for an immersive Artist-in-Residence (AiR) experience.

This residency seeks to bring arts and science closer together through the art of storytelling and encourages productive interaction between international creatives and local creatives; between international creatives and communities, as well as, physical and virtual environments.

The Residency will be held at Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Triq il-Marina, Kalkara, Malta between April 2018 and May 2018 and will run for 6 weeks.

More information on the residency and the link to the application form can be found on the Esplora website. The call is open till the end of January.

The GLID method: Moving from design features to underlying values in co-design

23 Sep

This paper where I acted as a co-author is now online and can be downloaded for free till the end of November at science direct.

In this paper, we present the GLID method to integrate verbal, material and other co-design outcomes in a structured and coherent analysis. GLID aims to increase internal rigor and transparency in Participatory Design practices and wants to go beyond the surface level of ideas, by identifying participants’ values embedded in co-design outcomes. We discuss GLID’s theoretical groundings in multimodality and a values-led approach to Participatory Design, and present a case study with primary school children. This case study demonstrates how the different stages of the GLID method can be applied in practice. Based on the case study, we reflect on how GLID contributes to a holistic, situated and more empathic understanding in co-design practices.

One year in Malta – A year in pictures

21 Sep

this year has been a roller coaster … up to the next ones. #ACM #Valletta2018 #UoM #MaKS #Friends #Colleagues #Artistisayearinpicturescollage_193

publicatie in Muziekpedagogiek in Beweging – verdieping of verbreding?

20 Mar

Vorige week werd het derde deel van de reeks Muziekpedagogiek in beweging voorgesteld.

Dit 631935derde deel in de reeks Muziekpedagogiek in beweging staat stil bij de vraag of muziek geïntegreerd met de andere kunstvakken moet worden aangeboden of juist niet. Zowel in Nederland als in Vlaanderen is de discussie hierover actueel en zijn de opvattingen divers. Zijn een monodisciplinaire en een geïntegreerde benadering respectievelijk verdiepend of eerder verbredend? Of is het andersom? Of is de vraag misschien helemaal niet relevant? In het boek wordt het thema besproken zowel vanuit de praktijk als vanuit de wetenschap. Auteurs uit Vlaanderen en Nederland leveren een bijdrage vanuit verschillende invalshoeken waarmee zij de praktijk van het muziekonderwijs willen aanzetten tot reflectie over dit actuele thema.

Het was fijn om voor dit nummer een artikel te mogen schrijven. Ik focuste op de sterktes en uitdagingen van interdisciplinaire trajecten – met muziek – binnen het hoger kunstonderwijs, hierbij uitgaande van de ervaring die ik had binnen de Faculteit Kunsten (LUCA School of Arts) en kijkt ook even over de grens naar onder meer de Kunsthogeschool in Bern en de interdisciplinaire opleiding in Maastricht.

Lecture on Arts Education for the MRER

18 Dec


The lecture was part of the MRER (Malta Review of Educational Research) Lecture Series in collaboration with Edukarti (Art Education organisation based at Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta). It focused on the role of Arts Educators in a changing society and their influence on Higher Arts Education.  This is in fact a topic that continuously offers debate between arts educators and art practitioners. Artists are becoming educators, facilitators, researchers and inspirers not just in schools but also in socio-cultural, business and community settings. So which challenges lie ahead of us as lecturers and what implications do these challenges have on the training of Arts Educators as we prepare them for these new roles?

The topic is analysed starting from this year’s winner of the Turner prize since for me this nicely sums up what it is about. From there the reflections tapped into my  own challenges and experiences in higher arts education over the last couple of years.

You can find the slides of the presentation AECS


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!