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Simone van den Broek at DSR 2022 | Bilbao

Simone van den Broek’s paper, Living with Living Artefacts: Six concepts for designing user acceptance of living artefacts, has been accepted for presentation at the Design Research Society DSR 2022 conferencearrow  that will take place in Bilbao, Spain, from 25th June to 3rd July.

Abstract of Living with Living Artefacts: Six concepts for designing user acceptance of living artefacts:

Bio-designers are exploring how living organisms can be incorporated into design and operation. These new living artefacts have qualities, needs, design opportunities, and relations with users, that differ from those of non-living artefacts. To design living artefacts into daily life, designers must know why users would want to live with these living artefacts, and subsequently to understand why humans have historically lived with other living things. In response to these research questions, a semi-systematic review has been conducted on literature from diverse fields, questioning why humans live with other living things. Through qualitative thematic analysis, it was found that existing literature attributes several motivations for living with other beings. These motivations include hedonic benefits; biophilia; care, meaning, and utilitarian benefits; performance; material provision; knowledge and skill. Based on these six concepts, this paper proposes eight guidelines for designers who wish to foster user acceptance of living artefacts in daily life.

Simone conducted the research presented in the paper as part of Caradt’s Biobased Art and Design group, led by Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana. Michel van Dartel and Alwin de Rooij contributed to the paper. Simone is currently a researcher in the Situated Art and Design Group, led by Dr. Michel van Dartel.

In June 2022 the paper will be published online by Design Research Society.

More information: www.drs2022.orgarrow

‘The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information, skills and tools that enable them to improve the quality of their daily lives.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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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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‘‘Understanding how creativity and imagination emerge from interactions with our environment will lead to improved innovation processes, tools and technologies.’’

Alwin de Rooij is Associate Professor in Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), and Assistant Professor in Creativity Research in the department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University.

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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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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