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Domestic Bliss | Workshop

In the context of her latest project Charging the Commonsarrow, our researcher from the Situated Art and Design research group Tara Karpinski, has held a workshop titled Domestic Bliss in the H-buurt (Amsterdam) last January and February.

The workshop Domestic Bliss explored with Community Land Trustarrow (Bijlmer, Amsterdam) members what and how they want to share, within the context of an urban commons community. Through interviews and by systematically cataloging shareable items woon-coop members discussed their motivation, conflict resolution, immaterial versus material sharing, and the ways they imagine caring for each other (and the neighbours) when living under the same roof.

Contributors: Cecilia Hendrikx, Suzanna Tomor, Martijn de Waal, (Michel van Dartel)

In collaboration with: Lectorate Civic Interaction Design (HvA)

Charging the Commons

Charging the Commons is a follow-up project to Circulatearrow which investigated the design of digital platforms for resource communities. It explores how a situated design approach can be employed to articulate the social values of resource communities. The second phase of the project examines how these values can be translated into (digital) tools and designs for the organisation of an urban commons.

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‘My practice is situated in between different actors, in this shape-shifting middle many things can happen.’

Tara Karpinski is a designer, researcher and educator working in the realm of social practice. She holds a BA in photography and art history from the Savannah College of Art & Design (USA), and an MA from the Sandberg Instituut (NL). Her Master studies were funded by a Netherland-America Foundation grant.

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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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