Liesbeth Huybrechts

DIY: participation is risky business

Status: confirmed

In her first session Liesbeth starts from a theoretical angle to approach the provocative statement that participation is risky. She explains on how makers of participatory projects can include the uncertainties and risks they encounter in their projects in a deliberate way.
In her second session, she elaborates on the datavisualisation session given by Conditional Design offering a toolkit in an answer to the 'How do you do' question concerning participatory creation. 

Liesbeth Huybrechts (BE) is vice dean of research in the Faculty of Art and Architecture (FAK/KULeuven) in Brussels. In addition to that, she is affiliated with the design research group Social Spaces and teaches courses about research (methods) in art and design in the Media, Arts and Design Faculty in Genk. She finished her Phd research in Cultural Studies (Catholic University Leuven) on participatory practices in new media, art and design projects. As a freelancer Liesbeth is mostly involved in consulting, writing and curating. She (1979) is a Master in Communication Sciences and Master in Cultural Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (BE).


Selina Schepers (1986) graduated in 2009 as a Master of Philosophy (mPhil) in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. She wrote her master thesis on creative images and the portrayal of male and female scientists as creative beings since the late seventeenth century. During her master internship at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts in Amsterdam (NL), she researched the developments in the ways the institute has offered technical support to (media)artists from 1978 up to the present.
Currently, she is working at the Media, Arts & Design Faculty in Genk and has participated in projects such as Open Garments (a European research project on user empowerment in the textile (and clothing) industry) and Euregionaal Fablab.

Why we invited them

This session explains how makers can deal with these uncertainties and risks and how they can implement them in their participative projects.

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How Do You Do?