EKV – 15 Nov – ICIDS conferentiepresentatie – Madeira, Portugal

november 15, 2017
Deze week vindt de tiende editie plaats van de International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS2017) in Madeira, Portugal. Lector Michel van Dartel en kenniskringlid Sarah Lugthart presenteerden vandaag hun paper Plans versus Situated Actions in Immersive Storytelling Practices, gebaseerd op onderzoek dat Sarah uitvoerde in relatie tot de minor Research in Immersive Storytelling van AKV|St.Joost en CMD ACUE.
De paper was opgenomen in de eerste sessie van de dag gericht op story design. Verschillende onderzoekers deelden hun inzichten over hoe story design voor interactieve verhalen werkt: Melissa Roemmele presenteerde bijvoorbeeld de DINE authoring tool, waarmee schrijvers interactieve verhalen kunnen ontwikkelen. Hannah Wood deelde haar ervaringen met het ontwikkelen van playable stories, waarvoor ze literaire principes vertaalt naar een meer dynamische manier van vertellen. De presentatie van Sarah sloot de sessie af met onderzoek dat inzicht geeft in het verband tussen de methode van design en het werk wat daar uit volgt.
De proceedings van de conferentie zijn gepubliceerd bij Springer: http://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319710266

The Value of Waste

juli 24, 2017

The manuscript, The Value of Waste, of Michel van Dartel and Anne Nigten is posted on the Leonardo JustAccepted page, hosted by MIT Press. It will be published in one of the next issues of Leonardo.


This paper argues that a first step in finding a sustainable solution for the pressing global issue of ‘waste’, is to consider waste a value attribution rather than a material condition. Doing so means a shift in focus from finding more efficient ways to ‘clean up the mess’ to changing the way in which value is attributed to things. The paper looks at a selection of recent literature on value systems to identify useful concepts and theory for a value-based solution to waste and proposes to probe such potential solutions through art and design.

More information or access to the (paid) PDF-version.

The Value of Waste is the result of a collaboration from Michel van Dartel with Anne Nigten, lector Design for Network Ecologies, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Anne Nigten is also a member of the advisory board of the Expertise Centre for Art and Design, Avans University of Applied Science.


EKV related – 14 june – Booklaunch Australia

juni 14, 2017

In defence of serendipity: the Silicon Emperor is wearing no clothes

Serendipity is the process of finding something useful, valuable or just generally “good” without actually looking for it. Throughout the history of invention and discovery serendipity has functioned as a sort of Freudian unconscious, leading – or, perhaps better, tricking – the curious human mind onto unexpected novelty.

And yet, only recently have we started to become truly aware of the crucial role of serendipity in our attempts to creatively grasp toward the future….

Read the article

Photo: The Australian launch of Sebastian Olma’s book, In Defence of Serendipity: For a Radical Politics of Innovation (Repeater Books, London 2016), was hosted on Wednesday, June 14, at 4pm by CME.

EKV/UvT – Masterclass Sensory Augmentation

mei 4, 2017

Samen met de Universiteit Tilburg organiseerde het lectoraat Mensgericht Creëren een masterclass op het STRP festival 2017. Deze masterclass in zogeheten Sensory Augmentation vormde onderdeel van een langdurige samenwerking met de Universiteit
Tilburg waarin wordt beoogd een dialoog te ontwikkelen tussen wetenschappelijk en artistiek onderzoek naar menselijke waarneming.

lees verder: Leaflet EKV_STRP_masterclass

EKV related – interview met lector Olma – V2_ online

april 3, 2017

Arie Altena: In Defence of Serendipity, For a Radical Politics of Innovation is a book on the creative industries, innovation, creativity and technology. Why did you choose the idea of serendipity as the anchor point for the book, instead of focusing on innovation, invention, or creativity?
Sebastian Olma: Serendipity… It’s an interesting term isn’t it? Many of the terms that circulate in the world of innovation and creativity have been emptied out of their meaning, including innovation, creativity, co-creation, cross-pollination… They have become vacuous signifiers, words that mean nothing. Serendipity is part of this world too, but there seems to be a linguistic peculiarity to the term that makes it somewhat resistant to abuse or misuse. Lees verder

EKV related – interview met lector Olma – ChangeX online

april 3, 2017

Klappe zu
Warum ungewolltes Entdecken systematisch verhindert wird – ein Interview mit Sebastian Olma
Interview: Winfried Kretschmer
Serendipity, das ist dieses seltsame Phänomen, das doch präzise die Bedingungen von Kreativität beschreibt: etwas zu entdecken, wonach man gerade nicht gesucht hat. Etwas, das auf keinem Innovationsplan stand. Und in keinem Innovationsworkshop prototypt wurde. Das Neue schlüpft durch die Katzenklappe des Zufalls in die Welt, sagt der Innovationsforscher Sebastian Olma. Blöd nur, wenn die Klappe zu ist. Zugeschlagen, versperrt. Blockiert von einem instrumentellen Verständnis von Kreativität und Innovation, das in Wirklichkeit aber die Bedingungen untergräbt, die diese möglich machen. Lees verder

EKV – Autonomy and Weltbezug – digital publication

maart 6, 2017


Autonomy and Weltbezug: Towards an Aesthetic of Performative Defiance
Author: Sebastian Olma

In this essay, Sebastian Olma explores possibilities for reformulating an effective notion of aesthetic autonomy for our time. As even a cursory look at the history of aesthetics reveals, the question of autonomy was from the beginning related to that of Weltbezug, i.e., art’s appropriate relation to the world. By linking current debates around art and aesthetic practice to the ideas of important thinkers of the aesthetic revolution that took place at the turn of the 19th century, Olma searches for the contours of a timely configuration of autonomy and Weltbezug.

He finds them in what he calls an aesthetic of performative defiance. It is an aesthetic that is performative in the sense of absorbing and moving along with the becoming of the world and defiant in its rejection of the temptations of linearity and calculability. He argues that an aesthetic of performative defiance is required today in order to ensure the evolution of our collective sense organs: artists need to be able to push them into whatever direction they damn well please.

Read the pdf (log in to Academia.edu is required)

A shortened version of this essay was delivered as a lecture on the occasion of the inauguration of Professor Sebastian Olma on 18 November 2016 at Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, the Netherlands.

The printed version of the book can be ordered via: secretariaat.ekv@avans.nl
You will be invoiced for postage and handling.