‘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 was, until recently, coordinator of the New Design & Attitudes at St. Joost School of Art & Design.
Barbara Asselbergs completed both her BA and MA at St. Joost School of Art & Design. She has previously 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 is specialised in Social Design and co-owner of the design studio DesignArbeid, which deals with questions around producing and maintaining liveable cities. The studio looks 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.
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.
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.Read more
‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’
‘Almost everything I design is based on giving form to the invisible.’
‘Understanding how creativity and imagination emerge from interactions with our environment will lead to better innovation processes, tools and technologies.’
‘Through an interplay of design and research, the apt questions and necessary tools can be discovered and applied to each research project.’
‘The essence of the situated, cinematic experience of dance lies in the mental interaction where the public becomes co-author.’
‘Could experimental sensory translation of art works improve their accessibility for sensory diverse exhibition audiences?’
‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’
‘How can the notion of the ‘script’ be used in a situated design practice? ’
‘Attention during interaction is personal, not a given fact.’
‘I’m looking for methods that take people as a starting point.’
‘Getting comfortable with ambiguity enables designers to absorb feedback and use it to make better design choices.’
‘For me, the iterative design-research process is an exciting journey towards designs that can transform human consciousness.’