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Michel van Dartel

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

‘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.

He holds an MSc in cognitive psychology and a PhD in artificial intelligence. Alongside his work at Avans and V2_, Michel is also an independent advisor to various funds, academies, platforms and governmental bodies. As such, he sat on advice committees for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, Dutch Culture, Van Beek – Donner Foundation, Willem de Kooning Academy, Piet Zwart Institute, ShanghaiTech University, Festival Ars Electronica, Future Everything, the Nam June Paik Art Center, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre. Michel is also a manuscript reviewer for conferences and journals such as the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA), Balance-Unbalance, and Leonardo. 

Michel also acts as an independent curator, and is the editor and author of numerous scientific and artistic articles and books. His books include Aesthetics in the Wild (2016), The Vibrancy Effect (2012, edited with Chris Salter and Harry Smoak), New Aesthetic, New Anxieties (2012, with David Berry, Michael Dieter, Michelle Kasprzak, Nat Muller, Rachel O’Reilly and José Luis de Vicente) and the artist publications Machines Will Make Better Choices Than Humans (2016, with Douglas Coupland) and The Iron Ring (2014, with Cecilia Jonsson). Michel’s recent thematic group exhibitions include Data in the 21st Century (V2_, 2016), The Value of Nothing (TENT, 2014, co-curated with Jesse van Oosten), The Progress Trap (The New Institute, 2014, co-curated with Boris Debackere and Michelle Kasprzak) and The Power of Things (Dutch Electronic Art Festival, 2012, co-curated with Alex Adriaansens and Michelle Kasprzak).  

Publications

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (in press) Designing Situated Learning Environments for Media Design Education: A Case Study, in AIGA DEC, & Zahabi, L. (Ed.), SHIFTarrow.

van den Broek, S., de Rooij, A., & van Dartel, M. (accepted), Living with Living Artefacts: Six Concepts for Designing User Acceptance of Living Artefacts, In Proceedings of the 2022 Conference of the Design Research Society (DRS 2022).

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (2021) Simulating Professional Practice in STEAM Education: A Case Study,arrow European Journal of STEM Education, 6(1), 17.

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (submitted) Designing Situated Learning Environments for Media Design Education: A case study.

Nouwens, M., Heerkens, N. & van Dartel, M. (2020), An Invitation to DANCE: Making Sense of Viewer Interaction in Installation Art.arrow (ISEA2020)

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).

Croes M. & van Dartel, M. (2020) The Interaction Attention Continuum: An Education Application Studyarrow. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – CHI ’20.

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (2019). Teaching Situated Actions: A case study. In: M. Carmo (ed.) International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2019)arrow Volume I. InScience Press: Portugal, pp. 202-206.

Van Dartel, M., & de Rooij, A. (2019). The Innovation Potential of Sensory Augmentation for Public Space. In: Park, J., Nam, J. & Park, J.W. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art.arrow Gwangju, Korea, Republic of. Pp.79-84.

Roberts, D. & van Dartel, M. (submitted) Inviting self-transcendence into everyday activities: An art installation exploratory case study.

Croes M. & van Dartel, M. (2020) The Interaction Attention Continuum: An Education Application Studyarrow. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – CHI ’20.

Van Dartel, M.F. and Nigten, A. (2017), The Value of Wastearrow, LEONARDO 51(2). MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.

Ruhl, A., de Rooij, A., van Dartel, M. (2017), The Artistic Potential of Tactile Vision Interfaces: A First Lookarrow, In Proceedings of the ACM Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction TEI’18.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2017), Menselijke waarden bij technologie,  arrowIn: WMNL State of the Art. Vereniging Deltametropool: Rotterdam.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2017), Art and Design Pedagogies after the Situated Turn, In: Snepvangers, K., and Davis, S. (Eds) (in press). Embodied and walking pedagogies engaging the visual domain: Research co-creation and practice. Common Ground Publishing: Champaign IL.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2017), A conversation, In: Lomme, F. & Plough, J. (Eds.) We Are The Market! Onomatopee: Eindhoven.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2016), Unravelling Human Situatedness Through Art. In: van der Zouwen, T. and Spindler, M. (Eds.) Flow beyond Systems. Challenging Organisations and Systems (COS). Volume 6 (2)

Van Dartel, M.F. (2016), The Cloud is full of Dadaarrow In: From Dada to Data (Gerritsen M. and Olma, S. (Eds.)) Museum of the Image, Breda

Van Dartel, M.F. and Nigten, A. (2016) The Value of Waste. LEONARDO

Van Dartel, M. (Eds.). and Coupland, D. (2016), Machines will make better choices than arrowHumansarrow, V2_Publishing: Rotterdam, NL.

Van Dartel, M.F. and Altena, A. (2016), Data in the 21st Century. In: Futurosity (Meessen, Y. and Slater, M. (Eds.), Rotterdam: Kunstblock.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2016), Art and Design Pedagogies after the Situated Turn. In: Snepvangers, K., and Davis, S. (Eds.). Embodied and walking pedagogies engaging the visual domain: Research co-creation and practice. Common Ground Publishing: Champaign IL.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2016), Aesthetics in the Wild: Art and Design Practices and Pedagogies after the Situated Turnarrow, Breda, Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Lugthart, S., van Dartel, M., Quispel, A. (2017),  Plans versus Situated Actions in Immersive Storytelling Practices, arrowIn N. Nunes, I. Oakley, and V. Nisi, (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 10690: Interactive Storytelling (pp. 38-45). Springer: Berlin.

de Rooij, A., van Dartel, M., Ruhl, A., Schraffenberger, H., van Melick, B., Bontje, M., Daams, M., and Witter, M. (2017), Sensory Augmentation Interfaces: A Dialogue between the Arts and Sciences, arrowIn A. Brooks, Brooks, E. & Vidakis, N. (Eds.) Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (LNICST): Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. Springer: Berlin.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2017), Unravelling Human Situatedness Through Art arrowIn T. van der Zouwen & M. Spindler (Eds.) Flow beyond Systems. Challenging Organisations and Systems (COS), 6(2), pp.1121-1136.

Van Dartel, M.F. (2018) Art and Design Pedagogies after the Situated Turn. In: Snepvangers, K., and Davis, S. (Eds). Embodied and walking pedagogies engaging the visual domain: Research co-creation and practice. Common Ground Publishing: Champaign IL.

Swart, S. (2018) Nederlands e-cultuurbeleid niet langer toonaangevend: Interview met Marleen Stikker, Michel van Dartel en Anne Nigten, Boekman 116: Kunst & Techniek

Van Dartel, M. & de Rooij, A. (2018) Sensory Augmentation for Public Space. In: Nigten A. (2018) Proceedings of Balance Unbalance 2018: New Value Systems – Sustainability and Social Impact as Drivers for Value Creation, 41-42. Van Dartel, M. & de Rooij, A. (submitted) Sensory Augmentation for Public Space

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

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

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (2018) Teaching Situated Actions: A case study. In: N. Nigten (2018). In: N. Nigten (Ed.) Proceedings of Balance Unbalance 2018: New Value Systems – Sustainability and Social Impact as Drivers for Value Creation (Extended Abstract)

Lugthart, S. & van Dartel, M. (submitted). Teaching Situated Actions: A case study

Ruhl, A., de Rooij, A., van Dartel, M. (2018) The Artistic Potential of Tactile Vision Interfaces: A First Look. In Proceedings of the ACM Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction TEI’18. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 73-79. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173225.3173271arrow (Best Work in Progress)

Croes M. & van Dartel, M.  (in preparation) The Interaction Attention Continuum: An Education Application Study.

Van Dartel, M.F. and Nigten, A. (2018) The Value of Waste. LEONARDO 51(2). MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.

Plough, J. (2018) A conversation with Michel van Dartel. In: Lomme, F. & Plough, J. (Eds.)  We Are The Market! Onomatopee: Eindhoven.

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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