Tom Luyten was born on May 17th 1987, grew up in Vorst Laakdal, Belgium. While growing up, he was always interested in the idealism and aesthetics of counterculture and technology. The idea that he could change the world for the better, even a little bit has been the driving factor in all his endeavors. These interests ultimately resulted in applying for a Master’s education in ‘Communication- and Multimedia Design’ at LUCA school of arts in Genk. His master thesis, titled “the interactive multi-sensory room” connected the disciplines of art and design with technology and health care, a trifecta that would define the rest of his career.
I believe in creating empowering experiences for all people: Technology and design can make the world a more beautiful, poetic place, even for those who struggle to comprehend itTom Luyten
After graduating cum laude in 2010, Tom started his own studio and became a lecturer at the Maastricht Institute of Arts ,at the Zuyd University of Applied Science. Convinced by the fact that technology and design can make the world a more beautiful, poetic place, even for those who struggle to comprehend it, he secured a position as PhD candidate in 2012 on the topic of “interactive art in elderly care” at the Research Centre for Assistive Technology in Health Care, under the guidance of Prof. dr. Luc de Witte, Prof. dr. Susan van Hooren and dr. Susy Braun. On the 10th of October 2019 he successfully defended his PhD thesis “The Art of Feeling connected” at the Care and Public Health Institute at Maastricht University.
Academically Tom is currently working as a senior lecturer at the Maastricht Institute of Arts and researcher at the Research centre for Technology Driven Art at Zuyd University of Applied Science.
He is creative director for a multitude of projects at the Qeske Community, active as a media artist and co-owner of Vensterr, a company that produces products for meaningful experiences in (elderly) care.
- How nursing home residents respond to the interactive art installation ‘Morgendauw’: a pilot study
Luyten, T., Braun, S., van Hooren, S., & de Witte, L. (2020).
Design for Health (2020): 1-17.
- PhD dissertation: The art of feeling connected: Interactive art as emotion-oriented care technology in nursing homes
Luyten, T., 2019
- process of co-creating the interface for VENSTER, an interactive artwork for nursing home residents with dementia.
Jamin, G., Luyten, T., Delsing, R., & Braun, S. (2018). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13(8), 809-818.
- How nursing home residents with dementia respond to the interactive art installation ‘VENSTER’: a pilot study.
Luyten, T., Braun, S., Jamin, G., van Hooren, S., & de Witte, L. (2018). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13(1), 87-94.
- How groups of nursing home residents respond to “the CRDL”: a pilot study.
Luyten, T., Braun, S., van Hooren, S., & de Witte, L. (2018). Journal of enabling technologies, 12(4), 145-154.
- Participant responses to physical, open-ended interactive digital artworks: a systematic review.
Luyten, T., Braun, S., van Hooren, S., & de Witte, L. (2017). International Journal of Arts and Technology, 10(2), 94-134
- co-design method for creating meaningful art installations for residents of nursing homes.
Luyten, T., Braun, S., van Hooren, S. de Witte, L. 2017. LAAN, T. V. D. (ed.) Shared insights on co-creation in healthcare. Utrecht: U-create.
- Reconnecting People with Dementia by Using the Interactive Instrument CRDL.
Teunissen, L., Luyten, T., & de Witte, L. (2017). AAATE Conf. (pp. 9-15).
- Master thesis: De intelligente snoezelruimte
Luyten, T. 2010
- Interactieve kunst in de ouderenzorg
High tech meets health care