Throughout the fifth TRADERS Training Week, ‘Modelling in Dialogue’ (TW5), which took place in Gothenburg 23-25 May 2016, Ida Liffner and Marthe Roosenboom of Studio Goja were invited not only to document vignettes from and participate in the proceedings (primarily lectures and an artistic workshop, reading group and dialogue) but also to be free to ‘speak’ through their illustrations.
These ‘voice-illustrations’, then, made on-site and re-assembled in full here in a 170-page digital publication, constitute an ambiguous accentuation of the already expressive aspect of representation. The mode and degree of inflection of voices is ostensibly indeterminate though more-or-less graspable by way of participants’ own memories.
Special thanks to Mohamed El Sioufi for the inspiring spark which led to this.
The Book of Voice-Illustrations is available as a pdf at this link (46mb).
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About TW5: (full report at a later date)
Modelling in Dialogue was the fifth and final ‘Training Week’ (TW) [formally: ‘Training-through-Research Synergy’ or ‘TRS week’] of the EU project TRADERS. TW5 foregrounded artistic and cultural approaches to dialogue and participation, emphasizing the role of multivocality in both design aims and methods as well as the strategic role of institutions–especially those of the public sector–in supporting and advancing societal change in collaboration with artists and designers. Children’s and youth’s rights and perspectives, along with pedagogies linked with art, design and participation were also featured. A variety of academic, artistic and cultural actors, including the public, were engaged.
This three-day event was designed, planned, coordinated and hosted by TRADERS ESR (Early Stage Researcher) Jon Geib in collaboration with his host institution, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and TRADERS associated partner, Göteborgs Stad Kulturförvaltningen (Gothenburg Cultural Department).
The TW5 Program is available as a pdf at this link.
Children of Dampoort in dialogue about their rights for child friendly space in the city
Office for Public Play invited a group of children, aged 9-12 year, to explore, imagine and rethink their neighbourhood’s public space in relation to child culture and child friendliness. Dampoort is neighbourhood in Ghent in full transition. An urban renewal project was drawn up to revive the neighbourhood into one with more qualitative living: better housing, sustainable mobility, encouraging entrepreneurship and a greener, more climate-neutral neighbourhood. Citizens were invited to participate in this process, initiated by the city of Ghent.
Office for Public Play had a particular interested in children’s position in this context. How do local children experience their current neighbourhood? How they envision change? How to actively involve a group of local children related discourses that may contribute to processes of decision-making? Within the Pace-setters & Front-runners project, Office for Public Play initiated a series of playful dialogues: within the multicultural child group and between the children and other actors involved, such as their parents and local policy makers.
The concept of desire lines or ‘slow paths’ was used to explore informal ways of city planning (how do children playfully appropriate and envision public spaces) and rethink child friendly places in the city (slow paths being paths that are not accessible for cars).
In a first stage, the children explored and re-explored their neighbourhood through a series of play activities and ‘re-looking’ (Herrekijkers) exercises. This generated the ‘Front-runners Map’ with criteria for child friendly space in the city. In a second phase the children focussed on narrating imaginary places. Their stories, together with stories about child friendly places written by parents and policy makers, were collected in the ‘Invisible Paths’ book. These stories were used as material to initiate dialogue with Schepen Decruynaere, local policy maker for Education and Youth. The playful dialogue was triggered by a chair dance and shaped through role-play. Another dialogue was shaped with Schepen Watteeuw, local policy maker for Mobility, where the children negotiated their list of rights they want to acquire for child friendly space in the city.
Dialogue-shapers is part of the Pace-setters & Front-runners project by Trage Wegen VZW and zZmogh and a design researcher ‘Office for Public Play’. Dialogue-shapers was hosted at Pastory.
More information: www.officeforpublicplay.org and www.gangmakersenkoplopers.be
Proposal & Call for submissions to a collection of essays to put forward the notion of [urban interfaces] as the lens through which to explore how situated media, art, and performances constitute and construct contemporary urban public spaces. TRADERS researcher Naomi Bueno de Mesquita (Design Academy Eindhoven) has formed part of the core team of [urban interfaces] – a platform for a critical investigation of urban interfaces for creative and participatory engagement at the crossing of academic research and cultural practices – since September 2014 and will contribute to this essay with a paper for the track Urban Navigation. Important deadline for this call: July 1st 2016
On the 22nd of April 2016 TRADERS researcher Naomi Bueno de Mesquita organised a workshop together with Wouter Meys, Maarten Groen and Nazli Cila from Citizen Data Lab at University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam. Jelle Vrieswijk (a communication multimedia design student) assisted in the graphic communication and documentation.
In the workshop Creating Grassroots initiative blueprints by mapping the city, the tools Buurtinzicht and the web app Measuring Java were explored. Both tools were specifically designed for this day. With the collected data and other data-sets a story was built around a specific issue in a co-creation mapping session. The aim of the day was to engage with the following questions:
- How participatory tools can be used/useful to make a blueprint of a specific issue on neighbourhood scale.
- How to mine and map data, using a variety of data-sets (open data, social media data and collected data) as to build a story around an issue.
- How the created blueprints can be used to support grassroots initiatives.
The workshop formed part of the conference Design & The City (Amsterdam). Design & The City explores citizens-centred design approaches for the smart city. The central theme is the role of design(ers) to create opportunities and practices for citizens, (social) entrepeneurs and policy makers towards more liveable, sustainable and sociable urban futures. The workshop took place on the last day of the conference on the FabCity Campus on Java Island in Amsterdam. FabCity is a temporary and freely accessible campus open between 1 April until 26 June 2016 at the head of Amsterdam’s Java Island in the city’s Eastern Harbour District. Conceived as a green, self-sustaining city, FabCity comprises of approximately 50 innovative pavilions, installations and prototypes. Students, professionals, artists and creatives are developing the site into a sustainable urban area, where they work, create, explore and present their solutions for current urban issues. The participants come from various educational backgrounds, including art and technology academics, universities and vocational colleges.
The Research Show at A-Venue 6 April –23 April 2016
The Research Show presents work in progress from art and design researchers who are currently pursuing doctoral studies at HDK and Valand Academy, both artistic faculties of the University of Gothenburg. The exhibition features works by André Alves, Eva la Cour, Kerstin Hamilton, Annelies Vaneycken (Office for Public Play ), Arne Kjell Vikhagen, and Eva Weinmayr. The exhibition has been curated by Cora Hillebrand, Ram Krishna Ranjan, and Mick Wilson.
The lunchtime talk on April 20th, a conversation between Arne Kjell Vikhagen and Annelies Vaneycken, explores current research ideas of “play” and “game” in art and design practices and research.Read More
For the Design & The City Conference, Citizen Data Lab (HvA) in collaboration with TRADERS (researcher Naomi Bueno de Mesquita) will host the workshop Creating Grassroots Initiative Blueprints by Mapping The City. You are invited to participate in this workshop which will take place on April 22nd 2016 from 10 a.m – 5 p.m at TBA in Amsterdam.
In the workshop, the tool Measuring Amsterdam will be explored and a co-creation session will be held in which the collectively retrieved datasets will be explored as a valuable approach to set up/enable grassroots initiatives on a neighbourhood scale. The blueprints contain elements that are needed for locals to start an own grassroots initiative or they can be used to kickstart an already existing initiative. The blueprint can help recognise stakeholders involved and it can function as a basis to create a story (working with a narrative around a specific issue is important when striving for participation in setting up grassroots initiatives). We will discuss the kinds of data-sets that the tool produce and what other datasets are interesting to implement to improve the story. Last but not least, we will discuss other similar initiatives.
You can register for this workshop by going to the following link.
Registration fee is 25 E.
Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd!Read More
TRADERStalk is a web-platform for the (open) discussion of practices on participatory art & design and public space (contexts). The platform is open for contributions from anyone, though each submission is reviewed by the members of TRADERS. Contributions are immediately elegible for taking part in different TRADERS exhibitions and publication platforms.
As part of the 2016 Work-in-Progress Show of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, TRADERS researcher Saba Golchehr curated a small exhibition with a selected number of contributions to the platform.Read More
These are the complete lectures of the previous TRADERS Autumn School 2015. The lectures are organized in the same order as they took place in Genk, from the 10th to the 12th of November 2015.
On the 13th of January 2016 the event Mapping the world : design and conflicts was setup by Design Debates. Four mapping experts (artist Jan Rothuizen, designer Joost Grootens, researcher Leeke Reinders and design researcher Naomi Bueno de Mesquita) presented their work/ research. The presentations were followed by a debate in which the different approaches of/takes on maps and mapping were discussed in a world that is facing conflicts. Questions were raised such as: What is the role of maps and the activity of mapping in a world that is more and more dealing with conflicts? How can maps help us to get a better understanding? How do mapping practices deal with questions of power? Is mapping itself a political activity?
The programme of the evening can be viewed here: http://www.designdebates.nl/
“Maps have become an increasingly active and explicit part of everyday life, particularly in a world where the possibilities for (re)production of graphic images have multiplied. Reality can be viewed in different ways, it just depends on whose eye, from which viewpoint, and the interests underlying their observations and actions. (Leeke Reinders).
What is the role of maps and the activity of mapping in a world that is more and more dealing with conflicts? How can maps help us to get a better understanding and is mapping in itself a political activity? Furthermore, technological developments also make it more difficult to achieve a single and dominant viewpoint. Information travels fast and there are plenty of advanced techniques available for the creation and manipulation of maps. Maps themselves have also become more flexible. They’re in our minds, in the car, on our mobile phone. What is the role of maps and mapping in a world that is facing conflicts?”
The moderator of the evening was David Hamers (lecturer at Design Academy Eindhoven and supervisors in the TRADERS programme).