Re-imagining: A dialogue on spaces for imagination

This session is part of the PhD seminar series “Re-worlding” art and design research.
MAD-Research (PXL-MAD and UHasselt) and ArcK (UHasselt)


Organised as a dialogue between four academics-practitioners we reflect on the practice of creating the right environment (open public structure) to re-imagining today’s society, making use of design and art as medium.

At ONA the design in dialogue lab theatrical elements creates the condition to experiment and practice different settings for dialogue, challenging participants to rethink existing practices and positions.

At L200 the self-organisation of a common space becomes the shared ground for learning. Imagination through doing is the core pedagogical tool. Communitism as a third space uses imagination as the core of all its activities and explores how heritage conservation, personal development and collective action are constantly nurtured by an environment of creative enthusiasm.

During this session the protagonists of each of these spaces will start a dialogue around their practice, complemented by a comparative perspective between 50 spaces in different cities developed in the research project Grounded Urban Practices, and slowly invite all participants to join this collective exchange.

Keynote speakers:

Learning outcomes

During this seminar, participants will:

  • learn to co-create the right environments (open public structures) for employing imagination as a method in research in art and design.
  • use dialogue as a method to present and engage people in these imaginations and facilitate knowledge exchanges


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In this seminar, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • research methods
    • subject knowledge
  • interpersonal competences:
    • presentation skills
    • networking


For whom?

  • PhD students and other researchers from the Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Researchers from other institutions who like to participate are always kindly asked to first contact the coordinators by email ( -

When and where?

  • May 20, 2021 - 12:00-13:30
  • This course will be organized digitally


  • Registration closed since May 11, 2021
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • category 'advanced discipline-specific knowledge'