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Research group Social Spaces
LUCA School of Arts (campus C-mine)
C-mine 5, 3600 Genk
+32 (0)89 300 850
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MAP-it is the result of a collaborative project between research group Social Spaces (Media, Arts & Design Faculty), Cultural Studies (University of Leuven), Z33 - house for contemporary art, the Expertise Center for Digital Media(UHasselt) and BAM.
The project was made possible by IvOK funding.

The researchers involved in the project are:

Liesbeth Huybrechts

Liesbeth Huybrechts (°1979) made a PhD about the relation between digital media, art, design and participation. She is head of research of the research unit Inter-actions, researcher and lecturer in higher art education in the Media, Arts and Design Faculty in Genk, LUCA School of Arts/KULeuven. In this context she is associated with the research group Social Spaces, exploring the social meanings, uses and applications of art and design ( She also is involved in research and mentoring students in the context of Cultural Studies KULeuven and Design Academy of Eindhoven. Liesbeth composed the book Cross-over. Art, Media and Technology in Flanders and is currently working on a new book, called Participation is Risky. Approaches to joint Creative Processes in collaboration with Valiz, BAM, Mondriaan Foundation and the Flemish Art Fund.

Thomas Laureyssens

Thomas Laureyssens (1976) is artist, researcher and interaction-designer. His work, often inspired on cartography and cities, was shown by Argos, Rhizome and Z33. He is a PhD candidate on games and ludic installations for urban space, and how they can be used to tackle urban issues.

Katrien Dreessen

Katrien Dreessen (1980) graduated in 2005 in Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on a master thesis concerning initiatives of online consultation in Flanders, within a context of e-democracy. After her studies, she started working in the field of user research at the research group SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication)-IBBT (Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In October 2008, she started working at the Media & Design Academy (KHLim) in an European research project concerning user empowerment within the clothing and textile industry.

Selina Schepers

Selina Schepers (1986) graduated in 2009 as a Master of Philosophy (mPhil) in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at Maastricht University (NL). She wrote her master thesis on creative images and the portrayal of (Dutch) male and female scientists as creative beings since the late seventeenth century. During her master internship at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts in Amsterdam (NL), she researched the developments in the ways the institute has offered technical support to (media)artists from 1978 up to the present. Currently, she is working at the Media, Art & Design-faculty in Genk on an European research project on user empowerment in the textile (and clothing) industry and on Euregional fablabs.