affect lab is a research hub and creative studio with a focus on the relationship between technology and communities, their emotions, feelings and a sense of belonging.

Registered as a not-for-profit foundation (stichting) in The Netherlands, affect lab is Dr. Natalie Dixon and Klasien van de Zandschulp.

affect lab draws on an extensive international creative network of collaborators — including artists, designers, theorists, writers, urbanists, architects and activists — to reflect on and analyze the relationship between communities and spaces through the lens of technology. A  key focus is on the use of mobile technology within marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Our mandate is to generate different kinds of knowledge – through creative  experimentation, interventions, ethnographic research and storytelling  – about the human-technology relationship, to empower stakeholders in cultural and social policy development, planning and city making.

Our methodology emphasizes senses, feelings and emotions — and their influence on a sense of place.

End-products take the form of installations, performances, public lectures, immersive experiences, exhibitions, open-source toolkits, open-access publications, generative and foundational research reports. 

A performance during the Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival (2019) in Johannesburg, South Africa, photo: Roelof Petrus van Wyk.

affect lab Board of Directors

CHAIR Elloise Bennett
SECRETARY Jennifer Lem

STICHTING affect lab KVK 54507669