What is my work about?

In my work I combine scientific knowledge with artistic translations. My passion is to create experiences that explore comfort, strengthen connections and evoke change. To achieve this, I bring over 10 years of experience in applying an integrative approach and developing holistic interventions. I have initiated and supported more than 100 projects with multi-sensory dimensions. Always with the aim to inspire thinking and actions.

Both designers and psychologists aim to improve the quality of life and solve challenges in a complex situations. In my work, instead of treating the symptoms of a problem, I provide innovative solutions to the root cause, using methods and tools from science and art. My analytical and conceptual approach has created new opportunities for various stakeholders.

The experience of comfort or discomfort is a subjective phenomenon whose impact on well-being, health and decision-making has been neglected until the 21st century. Previous research demonstrates the links between comfort and eye contact, and the underlying sensory and cognitive mechanisms. In a current research I brings together perspectives from design, technology, and psychology to systematically review the existing literature to synthesise knowledge of when, how and why (un)comfortable experiences with gazes occur in human-computer interaction.

Clients from the private and the public sectors, e.g. Zurich University of the Arts, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Restaurant C, Mareunrol's, Sandra Forrer, Wildwuchs, Imagine, Terre des hommes, Van Eyck, Delft University of Technology.

My projects have been exhibited internationally, e.g. at Amsterdam Museum, Dutch Design Week, Filmtheater Kriterion, Fashionclash, TranScreen Film Festival, Salone del Mobile.Milano, Jerusalem Design Week. Interviews were published online and offline: e.g. Het Parool, TransMagazine, Dezeen.

Moreover, I was invited as a guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, programme developer or conference speaker, e.g. by The Art of Management and Organizations, Fontys University of Applied Sciences University Fontys, PechaKucha, FuckUp Night global movement, Delf Institute of Positive Design.

My initiatives are supported by art, design, film and media grants. Also, I received support from local, social and cultural funding and project partners: e.g. Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt, Amsterdam Funds for the Arts (AFK), Het Bob Angelo Fonds, The Next Economy.

I hold a MSc in the Psychology of Social Relations (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) and a BA in Media and Culture (Design Academy Eindhoven, NL). Currently, I work as a researcher at the Institute for Research and Development of Collaborative Processes at the FHNW School of Applied Psychology.

Also, I have been working in education (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts), business (Henkel & Cie. AG), consulting (FOND Design), health (Adullam), and technology (Waag Society).

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