Ritueel Geopend

Tot eind mei 2020 samen met Elma Wolschrijn op zoek naar de dagelijkse rituelen en drijfveren van winkeliers werkzaam op De Drieslag in Malburgen, Arnhem-Zuid. Tien weken lang voor RUIMTEKOERS meelopen in het leven van de ondernemers, klanten en hun winkel met als doel om dmv artistiek onderzoek het winkelcentrum opnieuw op de kaart te zetten: https://www.ruimtekoers.nl/ritueel-geopend/

Graphic Performance

Good vibes at HKU Media, Utrecht School of the Arts. Presentation of students Graphic Design showing the results of their Design Project. [project: Simone van Rookhuizen]

New Workspace!

From January 2020 I’ll be working at my new workspace, a beautiful houseboat on the central river of Amsterdam. Feel welcome …

Healing Rituals

October 2019 visiting-professor at School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. 58 master & PhD students joined the course Design Anthropology with theoretical investigations and practice based experiments, inviting respondents doing co-research by using generative methods, designing healing rituals for relations.

IMC Weekendschool

Masterclass Design Anthropology: alumni of IMC Weekendschool Amsterdam South-East & West collected qualitative data by connecting strangers at art gallery Framer Framed using the method Cultural Probes.


In gesprek over gentrificatie en de mogelijkheden van kunstplatforms & participatie tijdens Erfgoedarena bij de Reinwardt Academie.

Paper Offerings

Visiting Au Yeung in his tiny studio hidden in the neighborhood of Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. He’s one of Hong Kong’s paper masters creating art in paper offerings to the dead. Paper effigies are frequently used in Chinese funerals as ethnic Chinese believe the deceased still live but in another space. Chinese family members will often burn paper sculptures that imitate the appearance of real objects, believing these items will be sent to the afterlife for their ancestors to use.

Sensory mappings

Sensory mapping with students CAFA school of design at Botanical Gardens Beijing.

Chris Keulemans

Mooi artikel van Chris Keulemans voor Framer Framed: ‘Zelden was een tentoonstellingspubliek diverser. Veel van de rituelendragers lieten zich trots fotograferen bij hun eigen portret of bij hun naam op de lange lijst van mensen die hadden meegewerkt in rode letters op de muur. Ze waren personages geworden in hun eigen verhaal. En: mede-curatoren van de tentoonstelling die Lenz en Augusteijn nooit zonder hen hadden kunnen maken.’ https://tinyurl.com/yydk48l2

Helende Kracht

Ontdek wat een ritueel in jouw dagelijkse leven kan betekenen. Hoe een eenvoudige handeling jou, of iemand in je omgeving op krachtige wijze kan ondersteunen. Tina Lenz en Martijn Engelbregt nemen je in zeven overzichtelijke stappen mee in het ontwerpen van jouw persoonlijke ritueel. Op zondag 29 september organiseert Museum Volkenkunde aansluitend bij de expositie HELENDE KRACHT de themadag Balans & Sjamanisme. Bekijk het volledige programma op: https://bit.ly/2kP7VET

Van Amulet tot Artefact

Samen met filmmaker Magda Augusteijn en 25 Molenwijkers hebben we afgelopen twee maanden onderzoek gedaan naar dagelijkse rituelen. In de Werkplaats Molenwijk, projectruimte van Framer Framed, worden vanaf 13 september een serie beelden en een korte film getoond met persoonlijke verhalen en betekenisvolle voorwerpen die van immateriële waarde zijn.

Central Academy of Fine Arts

From October 2019 I’ll give the course ‘Design Anthropology’ at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing to explain the relation of anthropology and creative practices. My workshop synthesises social theory, action research and experimental methodologies to help PhD and master students develop innovative ways of collective creativity.

Museum Volkenkunde

Ben je op zoek naar een manier om jezelf te helen, je vader, oudtante, opa, buurvrouw of zus? Zou je een ritueel voor elkaar willen ontwerpen of voor ons allen om in balans te komen met de natuur, aarde of kosmos? Doe dan mee met deze workshop op zondag 29 september en bedenk je eigen welkomst-, overgangs-, omkerings-, afscheids-, crisis- of cyclisch ritueel.

Werkplaats Molenwijk

From June till September 2019 together with filmmaker Magda Augusteijn we’ll do participatory research about daily rituals in collaboration with residents of Molenwijk, Amsterdam-Noord. The opening of the exhibition From Amulet to Artefact will take place on Friday September 13 in Framer Framed project space Werkplaats Molenwijk.

LOVA network

For years I did the lay-out of LOVA being a traditional ‘graphic designer’ of printed stuff. Lova is an active network that aims to promote gender studies and feminist anthropology and to communicate new theoretical insights to a broad audience both within and outside of academia. https://lova.network

Gifts of social structure

February 26th I’ll give a lecture at ArtEZ Studium Generale: ‘The gift as it occurs in cultures is fundamentally part of a highly ritualized cycle of giving, receiving and returning. These networks of exchange are driven by a principle that anthropologists have labelled with the term ‘reciprocity’: asking for a favour creates the expectation of a return favour’ (Mauss, 2000).


Iedereen viert de liefde, maar wie heeft aandacht voor gebroken harten? En hoe werkt dat eigenlijk: rouwen om iemand die er nog is? Samen met Anne van der Weijden geef ik in het Tropenmuseum Amsterdam op 10 maart 2019 de workshop EX-IT over ritueel afsluiten. Heel je hart en doe de EX-it!


Reciprocity for 2019: red envelop with Desiderata of Max Ehrmann & drink voucher to exchange 囍 囍 囍

Exploring Fieldwork

At the practice Cultural Diversity WdKA students observe and experience societal issues through immersing oneself in the neighbourhood Bospolder Tussendijken. Questions of identity and authenticity, migration, citizenship, transnational relations and myths of progress are at the heart of this program. One core aspect is exploring reciprocity when working within a specific geographical space in the city of Rotterdam. (Photo: Lisbeth Luft)


Celebrating 10 years PhDArts: How do we establish, sustain and nourish a vital research culture in the arts? With Keynote lecture by dr. Henk Oosterling – Art based research as hypocritical reflaction.

A Tale of Seven Planets

Bruno Latour at Zuiderkerk Amsterdam November 16th “A Tale of Seven Planets – An Exercise in Gaiapolitics”: “We live for the first time in a time when the earth responds to our actions as Gaïa, in which nature is no longer the background but acts itself. We live for the first time in a time when the story of Noah is the expression of the real need that prevails at the moment. If we develop such a new sensitivity, a new policy is possible.”

Why the World Needs …

Fruitful conference ‘Designing the future’ by opening boundaries (transdisciplinary working), offering Kula (exchange information) and building potlatch (connect to gift giving) with Sarah Pink, Jamer Hunt, Anna Kirah a.o. at ‘Why The World Needs Anthropologists’ Lisbon #wwna2018

Merkez Camii Mosque

Visiting the beautiful Merkez Camii Mosque at Deventer. Every first Saturday of the month they open their doors for everybody who’s curious. You get a nice impression of all the activities.

Studium Generale ArtEZ

Together with art programmer Anne van der Weijden & performance artist Najendra Caldera we organised a masterclass about house rules, performing new rituals at home. (Re)designing a ritual which evolves new meanings in daily routines by giving them symbolic content and deliver a performing tool to inspire people in innovative ways of enacting at home.

Smart Culture Conference

Smart Culture Working Conference pays special attention to four PhD projects of the NWO programme ‘PhD Research in the Arts’. NWO established this programme in 2010, in collaboration with the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme aims to support research in the arts as part of university practice. With this exposium, delegates, the PhD candidates and PhD graduate artists, can explore what the art and science trajectory yields.

Bias in Design

September & November 2018 I was invited by department Creative Business at University of Applied Science Hogeschool Utrecht to give two guest lectures for 200 students about Design & Diversity.

Mission Casablanca

October 2018 on a mission with Dutch-Moroccan vascular surgeons for NGO Sante Pour Tous to share knowledge with team of doctors (in training) at hospital Chu Ibn Rochd in Casablanca.


At Balance-Unbalance, a conference about art and design as catalysts to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society, I joined the workshop of Barbara Asselbergs, Generating Urban Values: dialogues in Urban Space.

Participatory Design

A central theme of Participatory Design is the direct involvement of people in the design of things, spaces and technologies they use. The Participatory Design Conference 2018 at the University of Hasselt was related to the challenge of approaching design processes and projects in participatory ways, with the people who have a stake in these processes and projects.

Building and Dwelling

According to sociologist Richard Sennett intergration is a bad idea. We do not have to think the same thing. If only we can work together.

Why Anthropology Matters

Tim Ingold’s manifesto for a future anthropology ‘Anthropology, why it matters’ is a book for the coming generation: ‘Anthropologists study with people, rather then making studies of them. Anthropologists have shown how principles of giving and receiving are the core of everyday life.’

Sante Pour Tous

As board member of NGO Santé Pour Tous I’ll accompany Marocain-Dutch medical team this year to Tanger, Nador & Casablanca. Together we’re working on a campaign to build awareness for www.santepourtous.nl


Wie niet wilde luisteren moest dansen. Bureaucratie tot in de vroege uurtjes bij Club RULES op zaterdag 9 juni 2018. Een terugkerende clubavond @ Sexyland met heel veel regels.

Contemporary Rituals

Inspired by social phenomena in public space WdKA students were challenged to develop a contemporary ritual evolving new meanings in daily routines. Forty students designed a performing tool with symbolic content and activated participants in innovative ways of cooperation.

Unmaking and ruination

Unmaking and ruination in design anthropology: can we speak of unmaking in form of design? Creative de(con)struction instead of production? Making colonial pain visible and tangible in ethnographic collections. Curating future looking into the (euro-centric) past. Inspiring papers presented at ‘Art, Materiality and Representation’ conference in British Museum.


Rituelen in Transitie

Rituelen in transitie is een ontwerpend onderzoek naar hedendaagse rituelen en het gebruik van symbolische objecten en handelingen in Suriname. Samen met filmmaker Magda Augusteijn werken we vanuit de participerende methode ‘cultural probes’ en creëren samen met 20 inwoners van Moengo een installatie bestaande uit een reeks video-collages en photo-voices.


What if the exchanges we call economic were part of a much larger, far older and more diffuse system of exchange? What if value were defined not by accumulation but by circulation, and circulation not by supply & demand but by honor, glory and beauty? Categories who are linked to gift and sacrifice. Students WdKA created social tools that gave direction to conversations by approaching unknown people.

Design + Anthropology

Design + Anthropology represents a milestone in the creation of a new and important field of artistic and intellectual inquiry. Christine Miller explores the evolution of two disciplines and touches on the invention & diffusion of new practices. Design Anthropology is an emerging transdiciplinary field characterized by an approach that integrates anthropological methods, theory, frameworks and critique with design principles and practices to address a wide range of complex system-level problems facing societies, institutions and organizations.

ArtEZ WinterLAB

Rituelen zijn scharniermomenten van emoties waar waarden op expressieve wijze tot uitdrukking komen. Tijdens WINTERLAB onderzoek ik samen met predikant Martin Jans en 27 studenten de betekenis van een ritueel, bouwstenen waarmee rituelen ontstaan en welke fases worden doorlopen tijdens het uitoefenen van een ritueel.

Moving Moengo

January 2018, together with filmmaker Magda Augusteijn, I’ll do research by mapping rituals as conversation pieces of different population groups [Maroon, Amerindian, Hindustanis, Creoles, Chinese, Javanese] living together in Moengo, Suriname. Art students of Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Paramaribo will create cultural probe toolkits for the inhabitants. The project Moving Moengo has been granted by Creative Industries Fund.

Local & global rituals

Workshop about rituals at AKV | St.Joost ‘Living with people who differ is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. Richard Sennett discusses in his book ‘Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation’ why this has happened 

and what might be done about it.’

Lecture VU & ArtEZ

Tuesday November 21th two lectures take place: in the morning at ArtEZ Fine Art & Design Education Arnhem and afternoon at VU faculty Anthropology, Amsterdam. Both lectures I’ll introduce the connection between Design and Anthropology.

Minor Cultural Diversity

From October 2017 I’m lecturing Cultural Diversity / New Urban Dynamics for third year students minor Social Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. The practices focus on art and design that impacts societal issues by (re)designing processes, interactions and relationships, involving participants in the design process.

Homo Ludens

On my way to give a lecture at PLAYSPACE about daily life observations for students WdKA Gamification. The location is in one of the inspiring streets of Rotterdam (West-Kruiskade) which reminds me of Constant’s quote: ‘Homo ludens impinges on his environment: He interrupts, changes, intensifies; he follows paths and in passing, leaves traces of his presence everywhere.’

Provocation Pieces

Together with Deanna Herst I gave a lecture about generative design research. During one day students New Frontiers of academy Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam build Provocation Pieces to provoke and trigger information of their community.

Cultural probes toolkit

Studenten Design AKV | St.Joost Breda ontwerpen Cultural Probe toolkits voor hun respondenten tijdens de workshop Design Antropologie. Een generatieve onderzoeksmethode van Bill Gaver die zich liet inspireren door de interventies van de Internationale Situationisten.

Moving Design

From september I’ll lecturing a new course called Moving Design – human matters in the world – at Graphic Design department ArtEZ University of the Arts Zwolle.