Clara Crivellaro | Faculty

Clara Crivellaro

Clara is a designer, creative practitioner and Career Research Fellow in Digital Local Democracy working on Open Lab’s Digital Civics Initiative.  Her research explores interaction design methods, tools and processes to support progressive forms of social activism in the everyday politics of place and place making. Clara’s research combines social movements and rhetorical studies to guide the design of tools and participatory socio-technical processes that aligns with principles of Spatial Justice and the Right to the City. As such her work focuses on processes that have at their core values of multiplicity and plurality to open dialogue between the social and institutional practices at play in the construction of and production of our cities and support citizens’ organisation and political action.

Clara’s PhD examined the role of design and technology to support political action in the everyday politics of re-making place and was part of the Creative Exchange project—a collaboration between Lancaster University, Newcastle University and the Royal College of Arts. She holds a BA in Arts and Design and a MA of Arts in Curatorial Practice. Prior joining Open Lab, Clara worked as a freelance artist on a range of participatory projects with a range of charities, NGOs and cultural institutions in UK and Europe.

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Associated Projects

  • Let's Talk Parks
    Faced with a 90% reduction in its parks budget, Newcastle City Council is considering transferring the city’s parks and allotments to a new charitable trust. Open Lab researchers worked with the Council to design a consultation programme to help loc...
    August 30, 2011
  • Digital Public What?... An Interactive Design Documentary Prototype
    Since the phrase ‘Digital Public Space’ was coined (Ageh, 2012), the notion of a ‘digital public space’ has been explored and problematized through a variety of research projects through the Creative Exchange (CX) Knowledge Exchange (KE) framew...
    August 30, 2011
  • Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool
    This project investigated the appropriation of a Facebook page by a group of residents as site for discussion and where a campaign to save a derelict outdoor swimming pool developed. Through in-depth analysis of Facebook data, the project explores the ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Department of Hidden Stories
    Department of Hidden Stories is a card-based and mobile phone app-based alternative reality game designed to transform the Library into a gaming space where children can use books as a resource for creating their own stories, narratives and sharing...
    August 30, 2011
  • Narrative led Design for Civic Action
    Participatory processes of narrating and sharing personal stories can provide powerful platforms for dialogue, reflection and enquiry among different communities and social groups, about the places they inhabit. How can these processes, stories and na...
    August 30, 2011
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