I have presented the NIVA TO NENETS project at the Participatory Design Conference in Roskilde, during a picnic-quiz. In three questions I asked the motivated group of participants about their opinion and concerns related to some side-effects of bringing help to an indigenous people (specifically the Nenets, a semi-nomadic reindeer herding people in the northwest of the Russian Federation). The answers to the quiz-questions were connected to colourful picnic-blankets with matching picnic-snacks. A mock-up Lada Niva made from wood and felt stimulated the creative minds and the feeling of togetherness.
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.
I have exhibited my work in progress for FOOD RELATED and NIVA TO NENETS at DeFKa during ‘INVESTIGATIONS on artistic research‘ from 26 May till 18 June 2011. This exhibition opened with a conference day. I made an igloo shaped cake that was eaten by the participants from hand painted plates with hand written napkins before their debate about the practice of artistic research started. The cake functioned as an icebreaker, while the plates and napkins nourished the discussion.
After the conference reindeer soup was served from a Lada pot to all who wanted to try the daily food of the Nenets, a nomadic reindeer herding people in the North of the Russian Federation. In the meantime I explained my wish to drive my Lada Niva to this people as a gift.
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