Book launch: ‘Participation is risky’

Posted by Selina Schepers on Saturday February 15th 2014 at 12:27

On the 26th of February 2014, the ‘TRADERS’ Kick-off symposium will take place at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium.

Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, the European Marie Curie Multi-ITN project ‘TRADERS’ (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.

In this kick-off symposium in Belgium, Hasselt, we will start a first debate around this topic in close collaboration with art centre Z33. All participating art and design researchers will be present, from 6 participating institutes, being Media, Arts and Design Faculty/LUCA School of Arts (KHLim/KULeuven), Royal College of Art/School of Architecture, Design Academy Eindhoven/Man and Public Space, University of Gothenburg/School of Design and Crafts, Chalmers University of Technology/Department of Architecture and KULeuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units. We would like to invite you to join the lectures and the discussion.


During the symposium, Liesbeth Huybrechts (editor and author) will present the book ‘Participation Is Risky: Approaches to Joint Creative Processes’. So make sure you’re present for the book launch on the 26th of February!

Participation Is Risky: Approaches to Joint Creative Processes

Posted by Selina Schepers on Friday January 31st 2014 at 12:25

The book ‘Participation Is Risky: Approaches to Joint Creative Processes’ is published! See for more information.

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Participation is Risky at the ‘How Do You Do’ event

Posted by Selina Schepers on Thursday November 1st 2012 at 14:14

avatar2012b On November 8, 2012, Liesbeth will present (parts of) the project ‘Participation is Risky’ at the ‘How Do You Do’ event in Gent.

‘How Do You Do’ is an international event where more than 40 ‘digital heroes’ and (young) innovators exchange ideas and practices in an informal get-together. ‘How Do You Do’ will feature 10 round tables hosting 60 talks, focusing on current themes like transmedia, gaming, film, art, business development, creative coding and more.

In her first session Liesbeth starts from a theoretical angle to approach the provocative statement that participation is risky. She explains on how makers of participatory projects can include the uncertainties and risks they encounter in their projects in a deliberate way. In her second session, she elaborates on the datavisualisation session given by Conditional Design offering a toolkit in an answer to the ‘How do you do’ question concerning participatory creation.

For more information, see: or pay Liesbeth a visit in Gent on 8 November.