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MC – paper presentation – ELIA Academy 8 – Design in Context

Situated methods have recently been introduced as a valuable methodological framework to art and design research. The introduction of this new methodological framework can be interpreted as a response to the societal call for artists and designers to more deeply engage with real-world problems, by instigating true social change rather than mere reflection on these problems.

While practitioners can be observed to advance their practices along with this turn toward more situated approaches, their educational counterparts are confronted with the question of how best to prepare aspiring practitioners to develop professional practices based on situated approaches. The research project ‘Design in Context’, that our presentation will discuss in detail, is an investigation into the consequences of integrating such situated methods in art and design pedagogies.

Break out 3 – Session: Design in Context
Paper Presentation & Discussion – 5 – 7 July 2017
Barbara Asselbergs and Michel van Dartel
Avans University, Expertise Centre for Art and Design EKV, Netherlands

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Situated Design Methods

This research project focuses on innovation in the design education of the New Design & Attitudes programme of St. Joost Academy of Art & Design. 

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‘I look at the ways in which citizens can play an active role in shaping their cities, and how new media and technology can contribute to this.’

Barbara Asselbergs was a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group from 2016 until 2020. She also was coordinator of the New Design & Attitudes at St. Joost School of Art & Design.


Barbara passed away on 22.10.2021 – after two years of intensive treatment and care – from the effects of leukemia.

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‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’

Michel van Dartel is Research Professor Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) and Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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