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Liesbeth Huybrechts


This talk will discuss a European early stage research and training program in development, called TRADERS. It focuses on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. This framework is transferable and aims to enhance the potentials in A&D practices to contribute creatively in processes of changes in public space and branches related to the public space, such mobility or health. Hasselt-Genk will be the anchor case area on which six international early stage researchers work together. TRADERS will cooperate with Z-OUT: a centre of expertise on art, design and architecture in relation to public space. Involved partners are LUCA/ Media, Arts & Design Faculty (KHLim), University of Leuven, University of Gothenburg, Design Academy Eindhoven, Royal College of Art and Chalmers University of Technology.


Liesbeth Huybrechts (°1979) made a PhD about the relation between digital media, art, design and participation. She is researcher and lecturer in higher art education in the Media, Arts and Design Faculty in Genk, LUCA School of Arts/KULeuven, Cultural Studies KULeuven and Design Academy of Eindhoven. She is associated with the research group Social Spaces, exploring the social meanings, uses and applications of art and design ( Liesbeth composed the book Cross-over. Art, Media and Technology in Flanders and is currently working on a new book, called Participation is Risky. Approaches to joint Creative Processes in collaboration with Valiz, BAM, Mondriaan Foundation and the Flemish Art Fund.
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