• Category Archives: Human Universal

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.

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.

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: https://www.therai.org.uk/conferences/art-materiality-and-representation

  

UNSTRANGE

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.

Club Rules

CLUB RULES is een avond waar het spel tussen regels en vrijheid centraal staat. 239 minutes to DANCE and EXPLODE. Locatie: SEXYLAND NDSM, Amsterdam-Noord

Hidden Hammams

Voor de Subjectieve Atlas van Annelys de Vet heb ik onlangs negen authentieke hammams bezocht. Mevrouw Saedi, uitbaatster badhuis El Maghrab: “Ik wil graag meer Europeanen in mijn hamam, maar de drempel is zo hoog. Ik denk dat ze bang zijn voor het grote cultuurverschil. Terwijl dat cultuurverschil achter de klapdeurtjes bij de ingang meteen vervaagt. De badgasten komen vaak ingepakt in allesbedekkende gewaden binnen, maar als ze even later in de hammam zitten, valt het immense cultuurverschil zelfs niet meer te vermoeden”. © Brussel Deze Week

Master Education in Arts

Onlangs nam ik mijn 2e master in ontvangst. Na Sandberg in 1999 nu een master in Kunsteducatie voor het stimuleren van mensgericht creëeren binnen het HBO designonderwijs. Met toespraak van lector Emiel Heijnen, die Pablo Helguera citeerde.

Design a Ritual

Tijdens de seminar ‘Design a Ritual’ aan de HKU werd onderzoek gedaan naar de bouwstenen waarmee rituelen ontstaan en welke fases worden doorlopen tijdens het uitoefenen van een ritueel.

Art of Solidarity

Today we organized a workshop ‘Art of Solidarity’ in De Doelen Rotterdam where 100 Palestinian kids created new designs for a keffiya to dance and show solidarity with equal rights for all #MostWantedJustice

Participerend observeren

Student Vera IJzelenberg, eindexamen grafisch ontwerpen kunstacademie St.Joost, doet onderzoek naar hoe het is om als moslima met hijab door het leven te gaan. Voor een week draagt ze zelf een hijab en probeert zo naast interviews en participerend observeren te kijken vanuit een ander perspectief: graphicmountain

  

Bar Lonely

Invited by Call for Loneliness I’m doing research called Rituals for Loneliness by connecting people in different countries, different bars and different cultures. Looking for specific rituals people are creating to give meaning to their loneliness. Check for more inspiration: http://vooreenzaamheid.nl/

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Guest lecture WdKA

September 2016 I gave a guest lecture about Rituals & Design Anthropology at Willem de Kooning minor Gamification WdKA, Rotterdam. We discussed the meaning of rituals in society from personal, local to global perspectives based on the three ‘R’s – Rituals, Relations and Restrictions – of Taiye Selasi.

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Power & Care Dialogue

Power and Care was a 3 day Mind & Life Dialogue [September, 9, 10, 11th 2016] of leading experts with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at BOZAR Brussels. The Dialogue includes perspectives of psychology, ecology, ethology, anthropology, neuroscience, contemplative religious & spiritual traditions, economics, society, personal commitment and global responsibility. Theo Sowa: ‘bring care back into economics, we can have benefits of helping others’.

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Ritual money as Message

Can Design Do?

What Design Can Do Conferentie 2016 met NLE architects, Peter Saville, Ravi Naidoo, Ibaaku, Machine, Officer fishing dumplings, Zapiro, Sally Raby Kane, Juliana Rotich, Nynke Tromp, Christian Benimana, Petra Stienen. Look what can Africa do for Europe …

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Visuele antropologie

De documentaire reeks Birth Day & Wedding Day van Lieve Blancquart wordt komende tijd op donderdag NPO2 getoond.

Universele behoefte

Human Universals van antropoloog Brown is een interessante combinatie met overgangsrituelen om het dialoog over gelijkheid en onderling respect te bevorderen. ‘Challenging the assumption that human behavior is primarily determined by culture, anthropologist Brown contends that certain behavioral traits are common to human beings everywhere.’

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