“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.

Returning the Ear

Returning the Ear is a performance walk in response to the soundscape of Malmö. The project is an ongoing collaboration with K3 PhD student Jacek Smolicki and artist/performer/sound designer/researcher Tim Shaw.

Everyone is welcome to be part of Returing of the Ear September 13, 7 pm at Inter Art Center, Bergsgatan 29 in Malmö.

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Returning the Ear is a part of [Post]-[Digital]-[Archives], an impromptu event/residency/exhibition/archive-in-the-making facilitated by Smolicki at IAC between 11-19th of September. The event will be inaugurated at 6PM, (an hour prior to the sound walk), Wednesday, September 13, at IAC.

Let‘s say the digital revolution is over. The enthusiasm that ushered in this revolution has since become counter-balanced, if not submerged, by skepticism and disenchantment. And what we are faced with are ubiquitous surveillance, impoverishment of aesthetic experiences and trivialization of social life, the results of an — at once deep and shallow – immersion in the digital and network media. The way we access, record and archive our presence in the world has also been affected. In this post-digital situation, we all engage in some forms of archiving, whether we want to – or not. When interacting with our devices, we archive and are being archived, held captive by a densely woven net of technologies. How can this condition be approached creatively?

The event takes the form of a temporary zone for the exploration of hybrid modes of personal archiving. In a loose and impromptu manner, the event presents on-going work of several practitioners who, in a poetic, humble, renegade, creative and subversive way combine digital and non-digital techniques to record, erase, archive, unarchive, remediate or demediate selected facets of everyday life in the present moment. Practitioners whose on-going work will be presented in the White Room at IAC include: Tim Shaw, Malin Pettersson Öberg, Nikita Mazurov, Jenny Soep, Ronda Bautista, Lucy N. and Jacek Smolicki.

(The works will be accessible to the public on the evening of Wednesday, September 13th, however individual visits and meetings can be scheduled directly with Jacek Smolicki any time between Thursday, September 14th and Monday, September 18th. Contact: jacek@smolicki.com or jacek.smolicki@mah.se)

Next to You at Korsvägen

Next to You at Korsvägen is a mixed realty walk in Gothenburg by K3 PhD student Marika Hedemyr and is part of Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Where are you going? How do you relate to the person next to you?

A smartphone in your hand can open up new worlds and connections, and also create isolated bubbles and segmented societies. In Next to You at Korsvägen, Hedemyr explores this paradox through an interactive walk where your choice of direction is crucial for the course of events. The work remixes the city’s visions of Göteborg as a destination with quotes from Vilhelm Moberg’s novel series The Emigrants, and facts about Korsvägen. A private mixed-reality situation where the experience of the place and the passers-by is intensified.

In which direction are you heading? Get ready!

 Read more about Next to You at Korsvägen here.

Anders Emilson Wins Award for Best Dissertation

At Malmö University’s annual academic ceremony on Friday, Anders Emilson won the award for this year’s best dissertation at Malmö University for his PhD thesis Design in the Space Between Stories: Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability — From Responding to Societal Challenges to Preparing for Societal Collapse.

Read more about the award and Anders’ dissertation here.

Our warmest congratulations to Anders!