Mock-up Niva

A powerful artefact that illustrates the artistic approach of the NIVA TO NENETS project is a mock-up of the Lada Niva. This car made of wood and felt is used during the picnic-quizzes. People can sit behind it while pretending to drive the car. The Niva mock-up car has proved to be a strong artefact for the creation of interest, enthusiasm, imagination, joy and engagement. It has been the centerpiece in photo-shoots during which the temporary feeling of togetherness was strong.

Picnic blanket – MAD-faculty and SOCIAL SPACES

I have finished making the MAD-faculty and SOCIAL SPACES logo’s….

MAD-faculty (Media, Arts and Design, www.mad-fac.be) is the name of the art academy where I teach the topics participatory practices, interactive storytelling and research at Communication and Media Design (cmd).

SOCIAL SPACES (www.socialspaces.be) is the name of the research group I’m in at the MAD-faculty. Together with my inspirational colleagues we explore and experiment with the social character of art, (new) media and design.

They truly deserve a good spot on the picnic blanket, because they support me in many ways! (for example, I am ‘free’ from teaching for 30% of the week to work on this PhD…)

Picnic blanket in Ittoqqortoormiit

Proudly showing my picnic blanket in Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland…

During a short stay in this lovely village I have added a seal made from local seal skin. Seal can be seen as the Greenlanders’ ‘daily bread’. If you notice how seals live their life and got shot to be eaten, it is almost impossible to feel sorry for them. They are very appreciated for their rich and healthy taste, and for their beautiful skin!