Social spaces - cumulus conference Paris 2011


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Presentation of Social Spaces research group ( at the Cumulus Conference in Paris 2011.

Focussing on map-it (a mapping toolkit), Creating spaces (multitouch table) and ATOM (the creation of smart objects for people with dementia).

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Social spaces - cumulus conference Paris 2011

  1. 1. Social Spaces
  2. 2. MAD-faculty• A collaboration between two art schools situated approx 20 miles from each other in Belgium• 8 educational prog in design/art• 4 research groups: • Play&Game • Image&Word • Art/Object/Design • Social Spaces
  3. 3. Social Spaces: what?• Exploring the social character of media, art and design• Based on three pillars: • Public space • Social design • Social media• Topics such as textiles, health(/care), art in public spaces, …
  4. 4. Social Spaces: who?• A cross-disciplinary team of about 15 researchers, designers, ...• Partners in variety of domains (social, cultural, technological, ...)
  5. 5. Social Spaces- Try to work with non-evident users in mind- Work from a participatory perspective (designers & the one youre design for at same level)- Search for hybrid solutions- Create risky objects* Life after creation * open * documented* the work of you, (other) experts and the audience
  6. 6. map-ItMapping toolkitlow-tech & openStarted from the digital(multitouch tables)
  7. 7. Creating Spaces
  8. 8. The Process:
  9. 9. AToM
  10. 10. AToM• A Touch of Memory• Creation of Smart Objects for people with dementia (and their family, caretakers,...) – Sensing what is happening – Recognising patterns – Communicate via a network – Take action
  11. 11. AToM• An example• Madame Courtois – daily walk around the block – Smart objects: living room, coat, front door, cane,... – Sensing: daily routine – Pattern: leaving living room, takes coat, walks into hallway, takes walking stick and walks out of front door – Recognises break of pattern Communicate to Mme Courtois
  12. 12. AToMSome questions: – Which objects to use? (emotional, functional,... value) – These objects should sense what? – How can they help the persons with dementia? – Should we focus on helping or on making life more pleasant, exciting, fun,...? – What is the role of the person with dementia? Should give them a level of control.
  13. 13. AtoM – research approachMap “the life” via interviews, 24h observations,... – Next: • Hands-on visualising of life with people with dementia • Finding marginal practices of objects, routines,... • Participatory design – Low-tech prototyping – Critical artefacts End result: creation of multi-sensory interaction & interface design combining the physical and the digital
  14. 14. AToMSome very preliminary observations • Interesting objects/routines – Hard: Time, agenda, music • We do not want to focus on monitoring or alarm systems – Not for people with dementia, but for their environment • Changed the way we perceived people with dementia as “not normal” – More seeing them as a cultural different group – Eg taking a bath 10 times a day
  15. 15. AtoM: some questionsStart of Master Module > december 2011 • What are your experiences in combining research + education? • What are your experiences in working with such a “delicate” group? • How to create the multi-disciplinary approach with your design students (who tend to “live” in their own disciplines)? Thank you... Check