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Critically deploy or resist algorithmic technologies

Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

This promotion research focuses on various contemporary ecological, social, and ethical issues that are involved when using algorithmic technologies. Designers should take these issues into account while working on future developments. This research enables designers to critically deploy algorithmic technologies in various domains the upcoming years.

For that purpose research will be done on the possibilities to radicalize critical orientation within the domain of design and art in the Netherlands. We need to make a step beyond critical reflections on AI in design education and look for ways to challenge and counter the logic of innovation and algorithmic governance.

Research outcomes

The results of the research regularly lead to publications and a thesis.

Ongoing research, started in October 2022.


Principle investigator
Eke Rebergen

Sebastian Olma

Geert Lovink, University of Amsterdam

Avans University of Applied Sciences

‘Disrupting our contemporary society can be a serious design goal.’

Eke Rebergen is a researcher within the Cultural and Creative Industries research group and a tutor at the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch.

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Rebergen, E.; Eikelboom, W. & Olma, S. (2021) ‘Looking for Trouble: Raising and Tackling Problems Through Design Research’, P. Joore, G. Stompff, J. van den Eijnde (eds.) Images of Design Research, Rotterdam: NADR, 100–110. Nederlands: Looking for Trouble. Problemen oprakelen en aankaarten door ontwerponderzoek. In P. Joure, G. Stompff, J. van den Eijnde (Reds.), Beelden van Applied Design Research. Nederland: Network Applied Design Research.

Rebergen, E. (2018) “Provocative community-based humanitarian designarrow”, BunB Programme & proceedings.

Rebergen, E. (2017), Geen voorgeprogrammeerde disruptie maar furieus onderwijs voor creatievelingen, (Blog lectoraat Netwerkcultuur HvA), 3 Juli.

Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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