Report: kick-off symposium ‘TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1′

Posted by Selina Schepers on Friday March 28th 2014 at 14:44

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On Wednesday 26th of February 2014 the TRADERS kick-off symposium ‘TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1′ took place at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium. If you’re curious about how the symposium went, be sure to check out a written report on the symposium and three of the four presentations below:

Report: Report, Kick-off symposium on the 26th of February 2014 at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium- ‘TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1’

Presentation ‘Introduction to the ‘TRADERS’-project and the book’Participation is Risky” by Liesbeth Huybrechts: Presentation- introduction to the ‘TRADERS’ project and the book ‘Participation is Risky’ by Liesbeth Huybrechts

Presentations ‘Some critical remarks on the art of making publics’ by Maria Hellström Reimer: Presentation- some critical remarks on the art of making publics by Maria Hellström Reimer

Presentation ‘Introduction to public space project ‘Unie Hasselt-Genk’ by Jan Boelen: Presentation- introduction to public space project ‘Unie Hasselt-Genk’ by Jan Boelen

Also, some photographs of the event can be found here!

Save the date and spread the word: TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday December 18th 2013 at 14:22

We would like to invite you to attend the launch/kick-off of the TRADERS project (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’). For more information, see below or on www.tr-aders.eu.

We hope to see you on the 26th of February 2014 at Z33 in Hasselt (Belgium). So, save the date and spread the word!

Kick-off symposium on the 26th of February 2014, 1 pm at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium

www.tr-aders.eu

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. Confirmed speakers are Chantal Mouffe and Maria Hellström Reimer. We would like to invite you to join the lectures and the discussion.

Further research

After this event the project will continue with working with five art and design researchers and one sociological researcher who will test and develop a specific method on which artists and designers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways, being intervention, play, multiple performative mapping, data-mining and modelling in dialogue. These researchers will also investigate how these methods fit in a larger methodological framework that can guide future artists and designers (or researchers and practitioners in other disciplines) to work in participatory and public space contexts. TRADERS brings together a wide range of disciplines such as visual arts, design, architecture and music. TRADERS allows to bundle the strength of the different disciplines to commonly approach other (non-art and design) disciplines and sectors.

Save the date

TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1
Kick-off Symposium

26.02.2014, 1 pm

Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
www.z33.be

Attending the symposium is free of charge but we kindly ask you to register by sending an email with your name, address and institution name to evi.donne@khlim.be

New website: TRADERS at tr-aders.eu

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday November 20th 2013 at 16:35

The TRADERS website has been launched!

As of September the 1st the FP7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project ‘TRADERS’ (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) has started. TRADERS 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. The project is an international collaboration between Faculty of the Arts (KHLim, LUCA, KU Leuven), research group Social Spaces I CUO) (Belgium), University of Gothenburg/School of Design and Crafts (Sweden), Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands), Royal College of Art/School of Architecture (United Kingdom), Chalmers University of Technology/Department of Architecture (Sweden) and KU Leuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units (Belgium).

If you want to know more about the project, you can now visit the TRADERS website at www.tr-aders.eu

TRADERS: call for ESRs

Posted by Selina Schepers on Thursday October 17th 2013 at 16:41

Are you interested in joining an enthusiastic, international and interdisciplinary team of art and design researchers? And are you willing to conduct thought-provoking research in a participatory context?

‘TRADERS – Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’ is an FP-7, Seventh Framework Programme/Marie Curie Actions (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-mca/actions/itn/) project that focuses on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. This framework is transferable and aims to enhance the potentials in A&D practices to contribute creatively in processes of changes in public space and branches related to the public space, such mobility or health.

‘TRADERS’ is a network of 6 hosting Partner Institutions (and 5 (SME) Associate Partner Institutions): Faculty of the Arts, LUCA/Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (Belgium, www.mad-fac.be), University of Gothenburg (Sweden, http://www.gu.se/), Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands, http://www.designacademy.nl/), The Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, (United Kingdom, http://www.rca.ac.uk), Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture (Sweden, http://www.chalmers.se/) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium, http://www.kuleuven.be/)

The project offers 6 positions for early stage researchers (ESRs), who will be involved in the project for a duration of 36 months (full-time equivalent), starting on 1 February 2014. The research fields that are particularly relevant to this call are: Art, Design, Architecture, Sociology and Anthropology.

To apply and for further information, please refer to the following documents:
TRADERS – call for ESRs – call document: http://www.socialspaces.be/wp-content/uploads/TRADERS-call-for-ESRs-call-document-final.pdf
TRADERS – call for ESRs – application form: http://www.socialspaces.be/wp-content/uploads/TRADERS-call-for-ESRs-application-form.pdf
TRADERS – call for ESRs _ information document: http://www.socialspaces.be/wp-content/uploads/TRADERS-call-for-ESRs-_-information-document1.pdf

Please submit your application by the 15th November 2013 prior to 17:00h Belgian time. For any further information, you can send your query to dr. Liesbeth Huybrechts (liesbeth.huybrechts@khlim.be) or Selina Schepers (selina.schepers@khlim.be)