Critical making & thinking

This blog is a work-in-progress mindmap, a semi-structured mixed bag of  me working through ideas, my own current and past projects, student projects I’ve coached, workshops I developed, and some methods and strategies. During the day I operate as a  designer/junior researcher/maker/educator at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), I am currently working on visual methodologies and the role of making in interdisciplinary design and research processes. I’m also developing a 30 EC course in Making as Research within the Faculty for Digital Media  & Creative Industries. In my own practice I am currently working on an artistic research project about the ways data-driven policy is affecting midwifery practices in the UK, together with Alexandra Jonsson (media artist & PhD candidate at CREAM, Uni of Westminster). The emerging field of critical making has caught my eye, as it seeks to combine my long  longstanding interests in technological culture, art & design, critical theory, and practice-based inquiry.

My background is in critical practices in technology, design and arts. I hold a MA in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice from Goldsmiths College, a BA in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Amsterdam and I’m a Fabacademy15 graduate (MIT’s intensive international training on digital fabrication, Fablab de Waag was my local lab).

Projects I’ve been involved in have been shown internationally at eg. ISEA (TR), Media Art Futures Interactivos (ES), Design & Emotion Conference (CO), Dutch Design Week (NL), Szobart Budapest (HU), Bacarobo Budapest (HU),  Amsterdam Light Festival (NL), LISFE (NL).  In recent years I have developed and facilitated workshops for Citizen Data Lab, MediaLAB Amsterdam, VR Atelier and the HvA’s design schools, and have worked with various international medialabs like Kitchen Budapest (HU), Digital Art Lab (NL), the Patching Zone (NL) and Fields of View (IN).

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