New Value Systems; Sustainability and social impact as drivers for value creation.
Balance-Unbalance (BunB) is an annual International Conference designed around art and design as catalysts to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society dealing with sustainability and the effects of climate change. BunB 2018 New Value Systems will be hosted September 20th and 21st 2018 by The Patching Zone i.c.w. V2_, HNI, CARADT (Avans University of Applied Sciences), Creating010 (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Leonardo Journal, World Forum of Acoustic Ecology, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center, Intelligent Arts e.v.a.. BunB2018 is supported by  the City of Rotterdam, HNI, Creative Industies Fund NL.
Visit the project website for more info,papers, panels, workshops, art & design works and updates.

The S+T+ARTS (ScienceTechnology and the ARTS) Prize is an annual European prize for innovative projects at the interface of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. The Ars Electronica Center in Linz invited Anne Nigten to conduct a study to reflect upon the results of the STARTS Prize first three editions.

The brochure with the research can be downloaded here, my contribution starts as page 12.

The proceedings and programme information of the BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2018, NEW VALUE SYSTEMS - Sustainability and social impact as drivers for value creation, published by The Patching Zone i.c.w. HNI, V2_, Caradt (Avans University of Applied Sciences), Creating010 (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and many more.

Download the BunB proceedings here

Designing innovative, participatory and sustainable solutions for complex issues

Authors: Anne Nigten, Harry Kotey

In this whitepaper we suggest a practical approach for innovation that is based on a lifelong learning concept for professionals and scholars alike. Our approach is situated in a living lab environment where learning and practice converge. We refer to this as Hybrid Learning. Co-design, Design Thinking and Processpatching are the main components for Hybrid Learning. Our approach is tailored for transdisciplinary teams to discover new directions or solutions for today’s complex issues (or wicked problems) whilst reflecting upon their daily professional practice.

Click here to download the whitepaper


Kunstenaars en ontwerpers als aanjagers van vernieuwing (Dutch, article)

Boekman # 109

Anne Nigten

Publisher: Boekman 


Design in een genetwerkte ecologie (Dutch book, inaugural speech)

Anne Nigten

Publisher: Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2766.8882 



Real Projects for Real People, Volume 4 (English, book)

Editor: Anne Nigten, contributions by The Patching Zone team, lokale partners van Zadkine en de Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam en experts van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL), Blast Theory (UK) Translocal (FI) en OCAD Universiteit (CA)

Publisher: The Patching Zone


A sense of Green (English, book)

Editors: Nathalie Beekman, Anne Nigten, contributions by Han Brezet, Nathalie Beekman, Klaas Pieter Lindeman, Aart van Bezooijen, Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan, Anne Nigten and others

Publisher: Research Center Art & Society, Hanze University of Applied Sciences


Artists and Designers as Agents of Change (conference paper)

Bart Barnard, Nathalie Beekman, Michel van Dartel, Anne Nigten ,Hanze University Groningen

PIN-c conference The Hague, The Hague University of Applied Science, SPIRE Research Centre, University of Southern Denmark

(forth coming)


The Value of Waste (conference paper)

Michel van Dartel, Anne Nigten, Hanze Universtiy Groningen

Proceedings Balance- Unbalance conference, Arizona state University USA (in print)



The Design Process of an Urban Experience (conference paper)

A Nigten, Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions, 575-582, conference proceedings, 2014

Springer Verlag



Real Projects for Real People, Volume 3 (book)

A Nigten (eds.)  The Patching Zone


Explorations of ecological autarky in art, design and science.

A Nigten, M Van Dartel, Hanze University Groningen, proceedings ISEA International / University of Sydney

Towards Ecological Autarky (conference paper)

M. van Dartel, A. Nigten, Hanze University Groningen

Leonardo Journal, October 2014, Vol. 47, No. 5, Pages 494-495 / proceedings Balance Unbalance conference Auatralia



Contribution by Anne Nigten with an essay in the book "Media art in the hyper reality"



"Collaboration models for co-creation in the Big South Lab" i.c.w. T. Freeman, L. Kynde, A. Zingerle, ISEA 2011, Istanbul (TR)



"The Art of Uselessness" Move Festival Halle (DE), ISBN 9783000289729 (essay)

"ISEA conference and proceedings 2009" Interface Department; University of Ulster Northern-Ireland (UK)



"Cultuur Lokaal-transformations in the cultural sector" TD-conference Zurich, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (CH)  Keynote

"Doctors have to deal with aesthetics" in Space Cowboys, Van Klaveren & Hendriks (eds.), University of Hasselt (BE) ISBN 9789033473777

Several articles in Buiten Spelen, Kuiper & Rijken (eds.), Haagse University of Applied Sciences and Waterwolf publishers (NL) ISBN 9789031183420

“Innovative Patches; Stitching Together Methods and Approaches to Build Experiences” ed. Jughwa Mah, published by Korean National Art University, Seoul (KP)

"Manufacturing Transdisciplinary Collaborations" proceedings of Share Festival (IT) 



Participatory Design in Interactive Art” Performing Arts Journal, issue December 2007, Urban Press

Innovative Patches” proceedings of ISAT2007 conference by the Korean National Art University, Seoul (KP) (conference paper)

The Patching Zone; Piecing Together Knowledge, Methods and Experiences” proceedings of 3rd cycle conference by Hogeschool van Amsterdam (NL)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality; Art Explained in Terms of Sensory-motor Coordination” i.c.w. M. Dartel, J. Misker, A. Nigten, J. van der Ster, in A. Luciani. and C. Cadoz (eds.) Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Enactive Interfaces, Grenoble (FR)

Art as Boundary Object?” in (un)Common Ground, Creative Encounters Across Sectors and Disciplines, C. Brickwood, B. Ferran, D. Garcia, T. Putnam (eds), BIS Publishers (NL) ISBN 9789063691660



Play” i.c.w. S. Jones, in IEEE Multimedia, issue November 2006

"aRt&D methods: Processpatching" Close Encounters SLSA conference, Leiden (NL)

Artists as Processpatchers, Techniques and Method” in Art Research, published by the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Intermedia department, published by Jelenlét (HU) ISBN 9632296966

"Playing the Collision Game" in GameSetandMatch II, K. Oosterhuis, L. Feireeiss (eds.) published by Delft University of Technology (NL) ISBN 9059730364



Blurred Disciplines, Expressive Software” in aRt&D, Research and Development in Art published by V2_ / NAi publishers (NL) ISBN 9056623893

~worn~” i.c.w. M. Fuller and K. Andersen, Wearable Futures Conference (UK)



Tunnels, Collisions and Connections”, web publication, panel moderation, ISEA 2004, Tallinn / Helsinki / Stockholm

Interdisciplinary Practice: On-line Participatory Environments” in Interventionen by Institute für Theorie der Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, published by Springer Verlag (CH) ISBN 10321130587

How Do We Make Art of Databases?” in Making Art of DataBases, J.brouwer, A.Mulder, (eds.) published by V2_ NAi, (NL) ISBN 9056623099

Human Factors in Artistic Research and Development in Multi-and Interdisciplinary Collaborations” in a Guide to Good Practice, L.Goodman and K.Milton ( eds.) published by Office for Humanities Communication Kings College London (UK) ISSN 1463-5194



"Artistic Software" proceedings Do It Yourself festival and conference Transmediale (D) ISBN 3000085467