Engaging with The Bridge: Cultural citizenship, cross-border identities and audiences as ‘regionauts’

New article by Tina Askanius, senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, in the upcoming issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Engaging with The Bridge: Cultural citizenship, cross-border identities and audiences as ‘regionauts’  

This article explores civic engagement with the Danish/Swedish crime series The Bridge (Danmarks Radio/Sveriges Television 2011–) based on qualitative interviews with 113 audience members, and drawing on the notion of cultural citizenship. The perspective of cultural citizenship, as understood and operationalized mainly by Hermes, is married with critical perspectives on the crime drama genre and its audiences, along with cultural analysis of the construction of and engagement with the cross-border region in which the drama is set. The analysis shows that civic engagement with the crime series is prompted through the construction of community and allegiances through which audiences feel connected. This argument unfolds in three main analytical sections, detailing how audiences’ articulations of community are focused around distinct yet overlapping dimensions of community as (1) a national social ritual, (2) a sense of Nordic community, and finally (3) community as regional identity and sense of belonging to a borderless Öresund utopia – the integrated region between Denmark and Sweden. In so doing, the article offers rich insights into how audiences shape civic identities as members of nation states, of historical and cultural regions and as border-crossers between these geo-cultural entities – in dialogue with popular culture and around the boundary-work of the different communities offered by such texts.

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.

Vote for Swedish Design Award

Graphic Design Exhibition Catalog

Graphic Design exhibition catalog 2017 is nominated to the Swedish Design Award, category Information – Print. 

Design by Graphic Design students: Alexander Hedström, Camila Mahzouni, Emma Nilsson, Hedvig Wallin, Linnea Åsberg, Louise Edvardsson, Malin Wollberg, Rasmus Nilsson och Niclas Dahlberg Hansson.

Graphic Design alumn Amanda Björk is also nominated to Swedish Design Award but in the category Information – Digital. Amanda has been involved in the campaign “Mer kärl-lek i Svedala” about recycling. 

Vote before September 17. The winners will be announced October 19. 

Article about Amanda Björk from Ystadbladet.

Campaign “Mer kärl-lek i Svedala”


New Article in Architecture and Culture

New article by professor Maria Hellström Reimer in the latest issue of Architecture and Culture. 

Playing the Green Card – The Commodifying Fiction of a Derivative Jardin-Forêt

With the point of departure in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) – site François Mitterand (Dominique Perrault, 1989–95) and more specifically its central but inaccessible jardin-forêt, this essay problematizes what has been described as the neoliberal shift in architecture and urbanism. The BnF and its garden-forest has been interpreted as a last breath of modernist urbanism and welfare ideas. Yet, rather than dismissing this Grand opération as a tardy spasm of modernism, it is perhaps more productive to consider the ensemble an exponent of the derivative, or spin-off, spatial logic currently sustaining the fiction of urban fertility and growth.

Read full article here.

Co-Design in Co-Production Processes

New article by Anna Seravalli, Mette Agger Ericsen and Per-Anders Hillgren have been publiched in CoDesign- International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.

Co-Design in co-production processes: jointly articulating and appropriating infrastructuring and commoning with civil servants

Anna, Mette and Per-Anders have been part of the research project URB@exp during the last years.

About URB@exp
European cities face complex economic, social and environmental challenges. To address these challenges, cities seek new approaches. A currently popular approach is urban labs (Living Labs and City Labs), in which local governments engage in solving problems together with other stakeholders in urban development. However, clear guidelines are needed concerning types of problems for which urban labs are most suited and how urban labs can best be organized and integrated into formal local government organisations.

The URB@Exp project aims to develop such guidelines by reviewing experiences of urban labs, and conducting action research in urban labs in five European cities.