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]
From January 2020 I’ll be working at my new workspace, a beautiful houseboat on the central river of Amsterdam. Feel welcome …
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.
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 mapping with students CAFA school of design at Botanical Gardens Beijing.
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.
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.
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
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).
Reciprocity for 2019: red envelop with Desiderata of Max Ehrmann & drink voucher to exchange 囍 囍 囍
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)
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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
During our fieldtrip to research new ways to bring Palestine’s children’s rights to your attention, we found inspiration by all the positive and beautiful energy of 50 young people in Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus who joined our workshops. The workshops were initiated by Tadamun & DCI building awareness for children rights in Palestine.
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’.