Research in Collaboration: K3 seminar with Anna Seravalli

Theme: What kind of theoretical and practical issues characterize research in collaboration with partners outside the university? How can learn from each other about how to tackle these issues? 

Speakers: Anna Seravalli and Joakim Nördqvist

Place: K3 studio

Time: Nov 30, 14.15-60

Note, the meeting invite is for 14.00 as the room is booked, but the seminar will start 14.15.

K3 has long-standing experience in doing research in collaboration with partners outside the university. However, there are a few occasions where we can discuss these experiences and learn together from them.

As the current responsible for collaborations at K3 (samverkanskoordinator), I would like to initiate a permanent forum (one seminar each term) where we can talk and learn from each other about methodological and practical concerns of working across different worlds.

This seminar will start with two inspirational presentations by me and Joakim Nördqvist, a civil servant at the environmental department of the city of Malmö and a boundary crosser at ISU. Out of our different positions, we will reflect on our different experiences at the intersection between the university and the municipality. We will then move on to a workshop format where we will discuss, map, and identify together questions that are important for us at K3 and that we can work on in the upcoming seminars.

This will be a hands-on workshop discussion with insights and experiences to guide us. The workshop is on campus only, at K3 studio!

Visiting PhD student seminar: Design-driven conflicts: A system approach toward mindset and paradigm shift

Presenter Moein Nedaei, Antwerp University

Tuesday, November 22, between 9-10 in K3 studio.

Title: Design-driven conflicts: A systemic approach toward mindset and paradigm shift

The abstract for the seminar:

Systemic design is an emerging field of studies aiming to support social (system) designers toward more desirable interventions in socially complex adaptive systems. Based on systemic design principles, while intervention is possible or (even) recommended at multiple levels, these are normative changes from underlying social structures that can ideally lead to desirable changes in the future trajectories of a social system. Based on this view, exploring, reframing, and changing cultural attributes, is an essential step toward any intervention in a complex adaptive system. Despite the importance of change from deep cultures  (also known as mindset or paradigm), any changes in such a multilayer structure require a higher possibility or a relatively stronger trigger for change. Learning from social constructive theories, one possible strategy is to have a disruptive intervention or a type of radical change which is embedded in the core concept of ‘conflict and disagreement’. Conflicts and disagreements are active, authentic, and contradictory forms of social relationships that can facilitate the transmission of new knowledge. In particular, the creation and diffusion of such knowledge between different (social) realities can gradually lead to a mindset and paradigm shift in a broader social perspective. Accordingly, through my presentation after a discussion on the concept of conflict and disagreement (and the necessity for the construction of social controversies), I am trying to unfold a problem of the diffusion model and ways of dealing with this issue from a designerly perspective.

I hope many of you can attend despite the unusual time.

This seminar is only in the physical space.

K3 research seminar with Comics Hub: Processing death and grief in graphic novels

Processing death and grief in graphic novels 

with comics artist, Magnus Jonason, moderated by Gunnar Krantz

Wednesday, Nov 16m 14.15-16

(Note, the room is booked from 14.00, but the seminar starts 14.15)


Magnus Jonason’s autobiographical book Måste ringa brorsan (2022) deals with strong emotions like sorrow, grief and co-dependency. In contrast to many contemporary Swedish autobiographical comic artists, Jonason’s works in a realistic style and show meticulous attention to detail and setting. He originally started out as a comics artist, but has for the last decades worked with storyboards, for ad-agencys, as well as movies–  among them Tomas Alfredsson’s Låt den rätte komma in (2008) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011). Jonason’s position between often compared art forms (comics and film) poses important questions of narrative similarities as well as differences between these. The seminar will begin with an introduction by Gunnar Krantz. 

The seminar is hybrid. Welcome to K3 studio or

All welcome!  Jonason, Magnus (2022). Måste ringa brorsan. 1:a upplagan [Sundbyberg]: Kartago

What is wrong with this application?!

Wednesday, Nov 9 14.15-16

(Note, the room is booked from 14.00, the seminar will start at 14.15).

Welcome to K3 research seminar, this time again focused on application writing. Pille, Jakob and Tina share their experiences in sitting on various research application evaluation committees and share some insider perspectives on how your research grant application can be discussed and evaluated. We hope that at the end of the seminar, you will know more about crafting funding applications that will be liked by the evaluation committee.

The seminar is hybrid. Welcome either to K3 Studio or to

K3 research seminar with visiting PhD student Rosie Priest

November 2, 14.15-16

(note, room is booked from 14.00, the seminar discussions start at 14.15).


My current research explores the impacts that visual art projects have on young people, typically those with chaotic and complicated lives, in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland. This seminar will highlight the gap between cultural policy and the people cultural policy claims to be working for, whilst reflecting on learning from my PhD project more broadly. The seminar will fold in some further reflections from the last 3 months exploring youth-led cultural projects here in Malmö, with space to talk as a group about some of the themes surrounding this project.

Seminar will be hosted by Erin Cory.

You are welcome to join K3 studio or online:

K3 seminar with visiting PhD student: Young People, Music, and Algorithms: the relation between young audiences and music streaming platforms

Oct 12, 14.15-16.00, a hybrid seminar.

Title: Young People, Music, and Algorithms: the relation between young audiences and music streaming platforms

Presenter: Andrea Angulo Granda, PhD candidate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Host: Erin Cory

The meeting is hybrid: K3 Studio as well as on Zoom

Meeting ID: 625 2294 9096

Abstract: Music consumption is being mediated by streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube. These platforms suggest how people should listen and interact to music, through their user-interfaces and their algorithmic system of recommendation, which can be accepted or rejected from their users. This research argues about how Spotify and YouTube’s user-interfaces design proposes an interaction with music and the perspectives from Ecuadorian students and young adults related to the platforms’ proposal. This study is part of a doctoral thesis that is being developed at Pompeu Fabra University.

The seminar is cancelled today: The Aesthetics of Reality Media Experiences: K3& Data Society research seminar

Maria Engberg: The Aesthetics of Reality Media Experiences

Oct 5, 14.15-16.00, a hybrid seminar.

Partly building on my work with Jay Bolter and Blair MacIntyre, most recently in Reality Media (MIT Press, 2021) and (the digital companion to the printed book), I will discuss the aesthetic implications of virtual reality spaces. Aesthetic here refers both to the principles of design and making, visually, sonically, and proprioceptively, and to how we perceive the experiences sensorially. My examples come from individual works and games (made with tools such as Unity or Unreal Engine) and from environments such as Facebook Horizon that recall the sci-fi concept of metaverse (from Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash 1992). I will discuss some of the forms of embodied experiences that VR spaces as well as adjacent technologies such as 360° video afford, what experiences these technologies invite us to have. I will also analyze some of the rhetorical and dramaturgical framing that the makers use.

K3 research seminar in K3 studio or on Zoom: in collaboration with Data Society research programme.

Another year, anothe research application

When on September 7, we discussed how to do research with no external funding, then this is a seminar invite to those who plan to join the funding race (again). We will discuss the funders’ cycles, share some ideas and discuss how we can best support each other. Pille will lead a discussion with a focus on the upcoming application season and on building resilient strategies for writing research applications. We will also be joined by Daniel Holmberg from the Grants Office, who will point out some resources available on Canvas for everyone planning to apply for funding.

Everyone is welcome, even if plans for applying for funding are yet very vague and abstract!

The seminar is hybrid: K3 studio or

Sara Gottschalk: Designing Strong Sustainable Living Environments – Participation in Collaborative Processes for Sustainable Urban Transitions

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Sara Gottschalk, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3/Linnaeus University.

The title of the talk is: Designing Strong Sustainable Living Environments – Participation in Collaborative Processes for Sustainable Urban Transitions.

This will be Sara’s 50 percent PhD seminar. Cindy Kohtala, Professor in Design for Sustainability, Umeå University, will take on the role as discussant.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 10.15-12.00. It will be a hybrid seminar. Please either come to K3 Studio (NiC 0541) or join online here: (this is the zoom link to all K3 seminars this term).

Please notice the weekday!

Below is some information about the seminar. If you would like to have the manuscript for the seminar, please mail Sara (

Short presentation and focus of the seminar:

My PhD project takes place within on-going societal and urban transitions for sustainability. Through engagement with local projects aiming for sustainable transition, my research is concerned with how discourses of sustainability become manifested through practice, as well as how to intervene in urban planning processes through design, and how to facilitate for strong(er) discourses of sustainability. The research is conducted on the level of the neighbourhood by engaging as an embedded design researcher in collaborative projects located in Malmö.

In this seminar I wish to discuss some specific challenges within my research:

The challenge of transdisciplinarity: Research for strong sustainability advocates holistic and transdisciplinary approaches. However, transdisciplinarity implies both breadth and depth, which becomes challenging, especially in relation to time-constraints: Rapid societal processes do not “wait” for transdisciplinary design research. Another challenging aspect of transdisciplinary research is how to present findings in a non-reductive way. A possibility is to use a ‘thick’ descriptions approach, but a challenge here is to not get lost in too many details. How to find that balance?

The challenge of embedded research: As embedded researcher having the role of being both insider (doing research through collaborative design) and outsider (research about a cases) at the same time, the challenging question is how to respectfully represent my collaborators in my writings and at the same time critically examine and write about the collaboration.

Any constructive input or experience on how to deal with transdisciplinarity in embedded research, or good examples, is more than welcome!

About my research:

My research departures in the dilemma of sustainability as a concept without a clear definition, which makes it open to diverse and contradictory discourses and interpretations. To discuss such differences, I distinguish discourses by categorizing them as weak or strong understandings of sustainability. Weak discourses of sustainability do not challenge the economic growth paradigm nor Western ontologies and epistemologies. Conversely, strong discourses of sustainability challenge these paradigms and call for socio-environmentally just transitions of society and caring culture-nature relationships. Swedish sustainable urban planning is well recognized internationally and often used as an example of best-practice. However, Swedish sustainable urban planning heavily relies on assumptions deeply rooted in the ideals of modernity, industrialisation, and economic growth as the prerequisite for sustainable transition, a discourse often referred to as environmental modernization. Environmental modernization is heavily criticised within strong discourses of sustainability as oppressive and a ‘dead end’ for a sustainable future. This dominating paradigm of sustainability in Swedish urban planning and how to intervene through strong ideas of sustainability in this context, constitutes the main challenge for this research.

Through three projects, I investigate the Swedish discourse of sustainability in urban planning and explore possibilities for strong(er) practices of sustainability, from the perspective of the planners and the residents of specific places, as well as from a design researcher perspective. The research is conducted at two residential sites in Malmö, Sege Park and the tenant-own association Ida. Both sites work as examples of contemporary process of sustainable urban transition. A fourth study is planned for spring 2023.

This research program is part of the research environments of K3 (School of Art, Culture and Communication) at Malmö University, and Design + Change at Linnaeus University (Lnu), supported by The Bridge

Marika Hedemyr: Mixed Reality in Public Space: Expanding Composition Practices Across Choreography and Interaction Design

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Marika Hedemyr, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3.

The title of the talk is: Mixed Reality in Public Space: Expanding Composition Practices Across Choreography and Interaction Design.

This will be Marika’s 90 percent PhD seminar. Jeffrey Bardzell, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, will take on the role as discussant.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at 15.15-17.00. It will be a hybrid seminar. Please either come to K3 Studio (NiC 0541) or join online here: (this is the zoom link to all K3 seminars this term).

Please notice the weekday and time!

Below is an abstract for the seminar. If you would like to have the manuscript for the seminar, please mail Marika (

Artistic augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) experiences are discussed from a wealth of scholarly fields, but comprehensive accounts of the actual design practices are few in interaction design. To open up the design practices, this PhD thesis draws together choreography and interaction design, with special attention to embodied interaction, digital technologies as site-specific performance spaces, and how the craft of composition shapes, situates and orients performative experiences. It entails research through practice, and creation of three public site-specific mixed reality walks, realised with stakeholders in art and cultural heritage sector. The thesis argues that a choreographic approach provides concrete design practices for crafting relations of time, space, bodies and imagination in AR/MR experiences, and demonstrates how technology is imbued in site-specific power relations, ethics and aesthetics. In conclusion, this thesis expands embodied interaction and its relevance in public spaces. It also contributes with strategies for how AR/MR  technologies can re-activate public spaces and their political significance in society, through critical, embodied and artistic experiences.