During the last week of October I gave several guest lessons at the Naryan-Mar Socio-Humanitarian College in the Northwest of Russia (www.nmsgc.org). I lectured not only about the NIVA TO NENETS project and the FOOD RELATED project, but also about Belgium and the Netherlands, and about the social function of art. After one of my presentations, the students wanted to make a group picture with my picnic blanket.
I made small creative questionnaires about the Lada Niva for these students, because I was curious to learn about their feelings for this car. So after my presentations the students filled in the booklets, which were handed out together with small Niva’s made from Belgium chocolate.
On Sunday 12th of August a workshop on Human Values within Participatory Design was given during PDC’12 (Participatory Design Conference, Roskilde, Denmark). For a whole day long, approx. 24 people exchanged their experiences with the topic and develloped an approach for a specific case study. Although ‘being human’ is always a main aspect of Participatory Design in general, a specific focus on Human Values leads to interesting discussions and valuable outcomes. Especially when inclusion is one of the goals…
I have presented my cultural probes (FOOD RELATED) and the picnic-quiz (NIVA TO NENETS) during this workshop day. Later this week I will present a short paper about artistic participatory practices.