WHY: Due to my fascination for dust as a material I gained knowledge about fine dust as well. This resulted in various research projects about fine dust such as ‘Dots’ for example. These projects changed my current design practice where I have parallel assignments in material design as well as conducting design research on the topic dust and circular economy. My unconventional know-how and research contributes to these current complex issue’s. I think that unconventional knowledge in co-operations (transdisciplinary settings) is needed in order to be able to deal with current complex issue’s. We need to radically re-think current situations, this requires including ‘others’ within a design process as well. The air we breath.
HOW: First I’m conducting research projects on a self-organized base. My fascination for dust inevitably results in small research projects like ‘dust cabinet‘.
Second I’m a member of the City Lab ‘Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit‘ since 2015. Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit is an open City Lab addressing the issue of air quality, on a self-organized basis. It does not have a physical Lab Space, but researches and experiments in various settings. It consists of a trans-disciplinary team of 9 people varying in ages and backgrounds. It works together with professional air-quality institutions such as RIVM and is funded by the ‘Creative Industries Fund NL’ (2015 and 2016), the municipality of Rotterdam, and is part of the CityMaker Movement by the Rotterdam Architecture Institute.
Reflecting on my own changing design practice made me aware of the importance of the contribution of design as a discipline towards current complex ecological issue’s. In order to be able to deal with future ecological problems designers need to be educated for these changing practices because these new practices require a different set of skills . This was the starting point for my research at the Master Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam. In June 2017 I graduated with a research that resulted in the thesis ‘As a Designer, I’m an Expert, I’m an Amateur: Operating on the Fluid Boundaries of the Design Profession’ and the educational project ‘GO TO THE MOON AND BACK’.