Anne Nigten (The Patching Zone) | TMC @ Shanghai World Expo 2010

Anne Nigten (PhD) is the director of The Patchingzone, a praxis laboratory where Master, PhD students and professionals work together on meaningful creative content. Prior to her current position Nigten was the manager of V2_Lab, the aRt&D department of V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Nigten is lecturing on research and development in the interdisciplinary field from an art perspective. She is adviser for several media art and science initiatives in Europe, board member of Noordkaap foundation and Impakt foundation, The Netherlands. She completed her PhD at the University of the Arts London (UK), and frequently publishes papers on art, engineering and (computer) science collaboration and software development. Before her current position at V2_ she has been working as an independent media artist, and simultaneously fulfilled several management jobs for the media art sector in the Netherlands.

A selection of Nigten’s current and recent advisory and jury work:

Jury member ACM Multimedia 2010 (NL), ISEA 2010 Ruhr (DE), TEI Explorations conference (US), 2009

External supervisor PhD thesis, Mirella Misi, Federal University of Bahia-Brazil, dept. Performing Arts (2008-present)

Coordinator Ways of Working for platform Innovation Platfrom, ICT Creative Industries, IIP-Create, (2007-present), The Netherlands

Co-organisation workshop, Urban Space, Time to Play, E-Arts, Shanghai, China 2008

SHARE festival 2008 jury member for exhibition and competition.

Presentation: Patching the City and the People

The Patching Zone, Rotterdam (NL) is a transdisciplinary laboratory for innovation where Master, doctor, post-doc students and professionals from different backgrounds create meaningful content. In our laboratories the students and researchers work together, supervised by experts, on commissions with creative use of high-tech materials, digital media and / or information technology. One of our thematic focal points is the city and the mediated social interaction in public spaces.

The Patching Zone applies the ‘Processpatching’ approach that is defined in the its initiator’s (Anne Nigten) PhD thesis, as it’s main methodology for creative research and development. The case studies for this PhD research were situated in the V2_Lab, the research and development department of V2_, a widely acknowledged centre for art and media technology, based in Rotterdam.

After two years of Patching Zone practice the ‘Processpatching’ approach has been refined and further developed from an academic model towards a flexible work-model. In this lecture I’ll present several cases that illustrate this evolution and its outcomes. The Patching Zone projects are unique in its kind, as we approach large theme’s such as ‘living in a urban regeneration area’ from a transdisciplinary perspective. This unfolds many perspectives to view and relate to this complex topic and interact accordingly. In our approach we can easily shift from an outsider’s (third person) perspective to an individual or personal viewpoint (first person). This is especially relevant in the process of collaboration and co-creation with our  participants. In most of our work we include a strong focus on playfulness and a dialogue between the makers and the participants.

The Patching Zone receives funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Rotterdam South Pact, all our partners are listed on our website.