Creative Practice Conference

Conference Focus


“Creation’s all about mediators. Without them nothing happens.” (Gilles Deleuze)

A creative practice is about enabling an encounter with the New. It is about perceiving, conceiving and making something that has not been perceived, conceived or made before. This implies that the creation of something new simultaneously entails an exploration and an installation of the conditions of the possible. This process does not start from a clean slate but rather from a slate that is already overflowing with ideas and knowledge constructed from prior encounters with the world. The process is also fuelled by the self-induced feedback loop, generated by the interaction between people and things involved in the creative process. As a result, the creative practice mediates between different kinds of knowledge: it might blend poetic knowledge gained from poetic encounters that moved and inspired, with knowledge of media, methods and skills that proved to be viable and effective, with sensory and conceptual knowledge gained from the feedback contingent to the actual creative process itself.

One might say that an idea for something new is not discovered, but constructed in an active mediation between different kinds of knowledge, by actively engaging with mediators. In this context a mediator is something or someone that challenges a designer in such a way that it takes on the role of a sparring partner that brings the creative process in a critical state. As such mediators drive the creative process and make a specific creative practice tick the way it does. Almost anything can function as a mediator: an unruly chunk of matter, a thought provoking conceptual framework, a challenging peer, a stimulating design environment, a specific method of representing, an unpredictable process of materialisation, an impossible client, a faded childhood memory…

This conference is all about mediators. That is why we want to stimulate you to share your specific relations with your mediators with other researchers and/or practitioners that wil do the same. The conference offers four different formats to enable this: a presentation, an exhibition, a group session or a workshop.

About the Conference

The Creative Practice Research Conference on 27, 28, 29 August 2014 at the Leuven University Faculty of Architecture Campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels, Belgium combines paper presentations, exhibitions, workshops and discussions on creative practice research brought together in a common environment of intellectual (ex)change. It is part of the ADAPT-r (Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training-research) Consortium activities to develop and expand creative practice research. The Brussels Sint-Lucas campus will be the venue for short exhibitions from 26 to 31 August 2014. The presentations and exhibitions aim to facilitate the demonstration, communication and dissemination of the (intermediary) (research) output of practitioners and researchers in the field of Architecture, Design and the Arts. We want to establish inter- and transdisciplinary discussions that cover the latest developments in research in Architecture, Design and the Arts in the broadest sense (visual arts, music, film, and also the performing arts). During the Summer period the design studio’s of the Brussels Sint-Lucas campus will be open to expose the research work in the form of installations, exhibitions, performances, and workshops. Moreover, paper presentations will be held both in the settings of the installations, exhibitions and performances as well as in the secluded rooms for more traditional paper presentations. The conference organisation staff envisages mutual inseminations between research by/through design and more theoretical reflections. Through presentations, discussions, exhibitions and workshops the participant’s design and (design) research will benefit from cross over input and impulses and contribute to the fusion of knowledge fields. The proceedings of the conference will be published in a book. Papers and exhibitioned work will equally be 6 pages in the conference proceedings book.

Scientific Committee

Prof. dr. Leon van Schaik
Prof. dr. Richard Blythe
Prof. dr. Johan Verbeke
Prof. dr. Marcelo Stamm
Prof. dr. Claus Peder Pedersen
Prof. dr. Tadeja Zupancic
Prof. dr. Kate Heron
Sally Stewart
Dr. Valentina Signore
Dr. Jo Van Den Berghe
Dr. Arnaud Hendrickx
Dr. Veronika Valk
Michael Maziere

Organising Committee

Prof. dr. Johan Verbeke
Dr. Jo Van Den Berghe
Dr. Arnaud hendrickx
Dr. Valentina Signore
Dr. Burak Pak
Hanne Van den Biesen
Renke Bouwen

Important Dates

Call for papers/exhibitions/performances: 26 March 2014
Submission of abstract for peer review: 1 May 2014
Notification of acceptance: 21 May 2014
Final paper submission: 1 July 2014
Conference dates: 27, 28, 29 August 2014

Conference Venue

Leuven University Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas
Paleizenstraat 65-67
1030 Brussels,
tel. +32 2 242 00 00
fax. +32 2 245 80 00
The campus is located fairly close to the city center: 20 minutes on foot and 5 minutes by tram and is walking distance from the Brussels North Station.


Early registration (before 21 June): 100 Euro
Registration (after 21 June): 150 Euro
Registration ADAPT-r fellows and –partners: 50 Euro
The registration fee includes the conference proceedings, conference dinner and drinks.
Bank details:
Bank account: BE09 4320 0000 1157
With following structured message: 400/0010/18438
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Selected presenters and their abstracts

Thomas Wiesner – Strange attractors: oblique, domestic mediators embedded in an architectural exercise

Dimitri Vangrunderbeek – The table, the paper and some furniture elements as mediators

Anna Katrine Hougaard – Sketch Diagramming – a contemporary approach to architectural drawing

Cenk Dereli – Utopian Ottoman Literature + Forgotten Sea Structures of Istanbul Ideas on a Water Vehicle for Istanbul in the Future

Sam Kebbell – Arranging the Deck Chairs

Helen Denise Dilkes – Generating and transforming: philosopher, geometer, and technology – mediators

Rosanne van Klaveren – Towards Togetherness: a Lada Niva as a vehicle for participation

Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin – Proposals for Shell Lace Structure Research

Marc Godts – Take the floor

Tadeja Zupancic – The seven challenges of creative practice based research mediation

Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Christoph Brunner, Nicole De Brabandere, Verena Ziegler – Activating Intercessors

Zorana Protic, Dunja Mandić, Tajana Jaklenec – Paper Architecture as Mediator of Architectural Practice

John Brown – Mediating the Middle Ground

Mo Michelsen Stockholm Krag – Transformation of abandonment, a new critical practice

Robin Schaverbeke – Extended Drawing: Revisiting the ‘Shadowscapes

Veronika Kastlova, Petra Vlachynska – Sculpture as Mediator

Stine Henckel Schultz – SPATIAL PLASTICITY – a reading of a selection of existing projects for living as the foundation of an architectural research work.

Anders Kruse Aagaard and Maya Lahmy – Agile Drawing. Expanding the Territory of Architectural Drawing through Digital Fabrication.

Mira Sanders – Walking for a Moment along a Stone, a General and a Projection

Sarah Edwards – Presentation: Echo Chamber

Thomas Mical – From Blank Media to Tactical Transparency

Petra Pferdmenges – The Architect, the Expert & the Local

Arnaud Hendrickx – Mediating unadaptedness