Category Archives: Public arts

Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces, DB218 in China

By Fabienne van Leiden

groupIn the period of 9th to 23th of May 10 ID master students traveled to Taicang (China) to work on the two week module: Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces (DB218). This workshop was done together with 30 Chinese students of different universities: Jiangnan University (JU) from Wuxi, Nanjijng University of Arts and Hangzhou Dianzi Univeristy. The module is one of the main activities of the Sino-Dutch Design Center for Social and Cultural Computing, which is initiated by Industrial Design TU/e, the School of Digital Media JU and the Science and Education New Town in Taicang.

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Do you dare, (IPoC Taicang 2014 Nov, group 1)


Choosing to act as an individual or acting in a collective.


Everybody is culturally motivated to act as an individual or in a collective. This is a choice that has to be made over and over again, in different situations. Individualism cannot exist without collectivism and vice versa. People have to grow as an individual in order to be important in a collective. Continue reading

LOOK (IPoC Taicang 2014 Nov, group 2)

  • At the start of life, everyone is endowed with the most true and pure nature, but with time passing, the growth of self-awareness, there are more and more material needs and spiritual desire encroached on our heart, we also play many social roles, life created a lot of masks to camouflage ourselves, when material has been beyond our real heart, people tend to lose themselves.

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Let’s talk (IPoC Taicang 2014 Nov, group 4)


In Chinese culture there is often an imbalance of connections between children and their parents. Parents pressure their children into working hard, but come from a different generation background. Children have problems communicating their discomfort about this situation because of the imbalance. They feel like their parents speak a different language, and it is hard to even express their love for each other. Only when this connection becomes balanced again, the barrier between children and their parents might disappear and emotions can be expressed freely with mutual understanding. Continue reading

Inkstone of culture (IPoC Taicang 2014 Nov, group 5)


China is a rapidly developing and therefore changing country. This fast change causes a cultural gap in between the younger and older generation. China houses both the traditional culture as the culture heavily influenced by western society. They differ in values, thinking and lifestyle.  At the moment those cultures clash and are ‘fighting’ for a place in society. But in the end the cultures are expected to form a new, modern Chinese culture with both traditional and western influences. The people of China should not be afraid to form this new culture but embrace both the new and old influences. Continue reading

You (IPoC Taicang 2014 Nov, group 7)

Victor Donker, Ola Wronska, Youhong Peng, Wentin Du, Yudan Ma


Numerous inputs form who we are and what is our identity. Human personality and character is constantly influenced by external inputs such as society, living environment or trends. Trying to keep up with current world is a never ending race that requires people to change their behavior and values. Such changes form a brand new identity – a picture of who (we think) we are. We lose at the same time the sight of our “real self”.

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