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Scripted Performances

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

This research project aims at answers to the question how the notion of the script’ (as invoked in computation, psychology, and performance) can be used in a situated design practice. 

Scripting’ in design is usually associated with computer-based design programming. The concept of the script’ in design has mostly focused on parametric computational design. This research aims to reframe the idea of constraints as tools of situated practice, enabling increased and informed creativity. The increased focus on design processes, rather than design outcomes, plays a role in the widening of design discourse: the use of scripts to perform’ design.

In addressing the research question how the notion of the script’ (as invoked in computation, psychology, and performance) can be used in a situated design practice this research also addresses a recurring discussion within the Situated Art and Design research group of Caradt, brought forward by the research of Sarah Lugthart and Barbara Asselbergs in particular: If, as literature on situated design methods suggests, contextual particulars should inform and shape any situated design actions undertaken, to what extent is scripting those actions allowed? While Sarahs research suggests that situated design processes always involve (a sequence of) shifts between scripted and situated actions and the notion of situated actions may therefore require revision, Ollie seeks to resolve the issue in researching the notion of scripting’ itself.

Research activities

To gain insight in this topic the researcher developed two syllabi for the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. Together with researcher Sarah Lugthart a workshop was developed for students, in which students create fictional stories in the built environment, to experiment with different uses of scripts in situated design.  

Ongoing project, started August 2019.

Principle investigator
Ollie Palmer

Other researchers involved
Sarah Lugthart

Professor
Michel van Dartel

Collaborators  
Master Institute of Visual Cultures (student projects)

Institute  
Avans University of Applied Sciences

 

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

Ollie Palmer is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group. He is also the Pathway Leader of the Situated Design master’s programme at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

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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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