Reflecting on design, sustainability and social change

Malmö University DESIS Lab and MEDEA are producing a series of short interviews with design practitioners and researchers to explore if and how design can contribute to sustainability and social change in different contexts.

The first interview is with Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterje, a two member team of an artist and a media practitioner based in New Delhi.  Their practices with regard to urban space are generally twofold. Through the projects, using and combining different media, they document the changes in the city and study how these changes affect peoples’ lives. They also explore, adapt and create spaces for public interactions and collective intellectual and creative practices.

Working-Class Literature(s) – New Book

Professor Magnus Nilsson is the co-editor to the new book Working-Class Literature(s).  Read more about the book.

The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s).

These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.

By capturing a wide range of definitions and literatures, this collection gives a broad and rich picture of the many-facetted phenomenon of working-class literature(s), disrupts narrow understandings of the concept and phenomenon, as well as identifies and discusses some of the most important theoretical and historical questions brought to the fore by the study of this literature.

If read as stand-alone chapters, each contribution gives an overview of the history and research of a particular nation’s working-class literature. If read as an edited collection (which we hope you do), they contribute toward a more complex understanding of the global phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

Pop-up Idea Store

Yanki Lee, guest researcher at K3, will as a part of the AFM network do a full day workshop at the bottom floor at Niagara the 11th of December. The workshop allow participants to “drop in” (approximately 20-30 minutes) and it relates to immersion techniques and design for our “future selves”. The day after, 12th of December, we will follow up with a discussion during lunch in the K3-design studio (NIB0542). 

Workshop (Pop-up Idea Store), Dec 11 at 9-16 (location: Communal Area on the Niagara Building)

Yanki Lee from Hong Kong, a visiting researcher at K3 this fall will design and operate an immersing experience to engage Malmo University communities to design for our future selves. Dr Lee is the co-founder of Enable Foundation, a non-profit social design agency, working on a government-funded design experiment with aim to train young design students to immerse themselves into old age and co-create with senior citizens to develop an alternative model for ageing innovation. A open lunch session will be hosted on Dec 12 (location: K3-Studio) to share the workshop findings and discuss immersive methodology in social innovation development.

“Spikning” Cermony for Para-Archives: Rethinking Personal Archiving Practices in the Times of Capture Culture

Download full-text of Para-Archives: Rethinking Personal Archiving Practices in the Times of Capture Culture by Jacec Smolicki here

The public defence will take place on Friday 15 December at 13:15 in auditorium B (B0E07) at Niagara.

This study explores possibilities for alternative forms for personal archiving in the context of contemporary techno-culture and dominant forms of capturing personal data. An intensified proliferation of various capturing technologies and mechanisms concerned with collecting, storing and analyzing personal data let us locate personal archiving as one of the major everyday media practices that people engage in today, both voluntarily and involuntarily. The main point of departure for this thesis is a recognition of a certain polarization of perspectives and debates on personal archiving practices prompted by this new techno-cultural condition. If on hand we are presented with an enthusiastic scenario of a certain infallibility of digital memory and possibility to fully control the way one construct’s his/her digital archive, the opposite view confronts us with a pessimistic vision of a full penetrability of our digital repositories (and hence everyday lives), ever more tightly constrained by the imperceptible dynamics of network technologies. In this thesis I investigate a possibility to move beyond these ramifications and seek for alternative modes of personal archiving by engaging in a practice-based research and media archaeological inquiry into (archival) media histories. The thesis proposes a concept of para-archiving which denotes a practice of recording subsets of everyday life that takes place in parallel to a range of voluntary and involuntary capturing and archival mechanisms, procedures and practices in today’s highly technologized everyday life. Among other examples, as a major case bring in my own personal archiving practices I have been regularly conducting for last seven years and which in various ways appropriate a range of portable and affordable personal technologies of today to record and para-archive various aspects of everyday life. I use my practice as a vehicle allowing me to examine implications of today’s pervasive technologies on for example material, performative and agential aspects of personal memory and archiving practices. By drawing on my practice and inviting a range of thematically related aesthetic practices into the picture I also intend to invigorate the pallet of methodological approaches within the field of media and communications studies. While located within the field of Media and Communications the thesis borrows also from such fields as Philosophy of Technology, Media Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Media Arts.

Interactive Glass at the Exhibition “Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over”

EMBODIED SOUND: Touching the glass stimulates an inner play of sounds and light.

K3’s Senior lecturer in tangible interaction design and glassblower, Henrik Svarrer Larsen, together with amongst others former K3 PhD student, Mads Hobye, currently exhibit outcomes of a series of AIRs at the Glass Factory as part of the research initiative DynamicTransparencies. The artefacts are early outcomes of material-based explorations and craft-like curiosities from a meeting of hot glass and physical computing. The work partakes in a big-scale exhibition travelling to two other major glass museums in Finland and Denmark as part of the NF funded project, Scandinavian Glass – starting all over.

Discussing the work with some teachers and students from LNU and the glass school.
KLANG: The object responds by the sound of crystal and by subtle movements as the inner glass ball flees an approaching interactor, yet also lurks and thereby emerge from the graduated semi-translucency.
PENDL: A circle of light surveils an interactor.
TOUCH: experiencing the feeling of glass and interactive light.


Read more:—scandinavian-glass-starting-all-over.html

Back to the Homestead: The Idyll as Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Swedish Literature

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) has granted Ann-Sofi Ljung Svensson, senior lecturer in Literature Studies, funds for the research project Back to the Homestead: The Idyll as Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Swedish Literature/Hem till gården. Idyllens ideologi och estetik i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt perspektiv. 

”Hem till gården. Idyllens ideologi och estetik i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt perspektiv” är en kvalitativ genrestudie i litteraturvetenskap. Studien utgår från nutidsrelevanta texter och perspektiv, som dels sätter in genren i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt sammanhang, dels utforskar idyllgenrens samhällskritiska potential och estetiska karaktär. Tesen är att idyllgenren används för att utöva djupgående kritik mot det moderna samhället genom att gestalta och diskutera mer eller mindre utopiska samhällslösningar. Under 1900-talet har kritiken i idyllens form ofta riktats mot den svenska välfärdsstaten, dvs. folkhemmet. Lösningarna har förlagts till landsbygden, och omfattar ekokritiska perspektiv. En dubbel bindning mellan ideologi och estetik tillhör idyllgenrens konventioner och har varit tydlig genom historien. Men det är oftast de estetiska och nostalgiska dimensionerna i genren som framhålls, medan den subversiva kraften lätt förbises eller avfärdas. Med utgångspunkt i hermeneutisk och socialkonstruktivistisk teori och med en diskursanalytisk metod undersöks fem författarskap från tidigt 1900-tal fram till idag: Karl-Erik Forsslund, Vilhelm Moberg, Astrid Lindgren, vissångaren Bernt Staf och bloggaren Clara Lidström. Urvalet speglar även en populärkulturell medieutveckling. Idyllgenren har varit lågt värderad i svensk litteratur under 1900-talet, men står alltjämt att finna i mer populärkulturella sammanhang.