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Barbara Asselbergs

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

‘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.

Barbara Asselbergs completed both her BA and MA at St. Joost School of Art & Design. She has given guest lectures in visual communication and social design at educational institutions such as Minerva Academy in Groningen, Modern International Art & Design Academy in Chongqing, China, Vega School: Design, Marketing & Branding Degrees in Durban, South Africa, and the University of Applied Sciences Arts in Utrecht.  

In addition to her work in education, she was specialised in Social Design and co-owner of the design studio DesignArbeid, where she dealt with questions around producing and maintaining liveable cities. For her work at the studio she looked at the ways in which citizens played an active role in shaping their cities, and how new media and technology contributed to this. 

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. 

Presentatie ontwerpresultaten wijk Boschveld in ’s-Hertogenbosch. © Cindy van Ree
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Asselbergs, B. & van Dartel, M. (2020) Situated Design Methods in Urban Planning: An educational research case study. AMPS conference on Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments).

Asselbergs, B. & van Dartel, M. (submitted) Situated Design Methods in Urban Planning: An educational research case study.

Asselbergs, B. & van Dartel, M. (2018) Situated Design Methods in Urban Planning: A case study. In: N. Nigten (Ed.) Proceedings of Balance Unbalance 2018: New Value Systems – Sustainability and Social Impact as Drivers for Value Creation

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

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

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‘Imagination is the key to a strong inclusive society. Artistic work and situated design can contribute to a better understanding of the other.’

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‘Investigating the potential of sensory augmentation to bridge the sensory gap between deaf and hearing.’

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

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‘Through an interplay of design and research, the apt questions and necessary tools can be discovered and applied to each research project.’

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‘Could experimental sensory translation of art works improve their accessibility for sensory diverse exhibition audiences?’

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‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’

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‘How can the notion of the ‘script’ be used in a situated design practice? ’

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

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‘For me, the iterative design-research process is an exciting journey towards designs that can transform human consciousness.’

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‘The essence of the situated, cinematic experience of dance lies in the mental interaction where the public becomes co-author.’

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‘Getting comfortable with ambiguity enables designers to absorb feedback and use it to make better design choices.’

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‘Attention during interaction is personal, not a given fact.’

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