Virtueel Platform Research | The Patching Zone

Published on May 26th, 2009

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The Patching Zone is a transdisciplinary innovation laboratory based in Rotterdam. The Patching Zone lab offers places to Masters, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students on a project basis in variable ‘practice-based’ research projects that apply technology and digital media in creative ways. By so doing, The Patching Zone integrates an explicit educational component.


Annet Dekker with Niels Kerssens
Amsterdam: Virtueel Platform, 2009


1. The Patching Zone
• The Patching Zone projects

2. The Patching Zone Practices
• Issuing an assignment
• Selecting students and courses

3. The (transdisciplinary) work process: internal
• The (transdisciplinary) work process: external
• (Transdisciplinary) innovation

4. Development, points of attention, the future


Own practices are rarely analyzed by the institutes that are busy with projects themselves. This process does not only involve documentation, but also contextualisation and analysis. Virtueel Platform initiated the Project Observatory in 2009, which aims to analyze a select number of projects that comply with the following criteria: they have to involve a transdisciplinary work process, be innovative, and enable the transfer of the process to other practices. Each year Virtueel Platform will select a number of projects from the Netherlands and abroad that meet these criteria with the intention of offering best practices to the cultural sector in the Netherlands. In this way Virtueel Platform establishes links between various different projects and e-culture practices as a way of fostering knowledge exchange between disciplines and sectors.

The Patching Zone has the role of catalyser during the preliminary phase of innovation and during the process of transformation within or between organisations or neighbourhoods. Virtueel Platform has observed the activities of The Patching Zone with great interest since it was founded in 2006. We believe this is a worthwhile project because of its transdisciplinary work process. The aim of this Project Observatory is to investigate to what degree innovation takes place in relation to the transdisciplinary work process and if the procedures followed in the project can be remodelled for other practices?

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