Temi Odumosu: The Crying Baby. On Colonial Archives, Digitisation, and Ethics of Care in the Cultural Commons

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Temi Odumosu, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, K3. The title of her talk is:

The crying baby: On colonial archives, digitisation, and ethics of care in the cultural commons

The talk will take place on Wednesday, February 27, at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk:

This seminar sketches key concerns I am engaged with in a new speculative paper I am writing for Current Anthropology on representational ethics and care. In essence I am concerned about attending to the dead in the digital commons. I argue that as museums, archives and other cultural heritage institutions make their colonial collections digitally available online – providing direct public access to troubling and contested materials – unresolved representational issues are magnified and new dangers emerge. If digitised artefacts represent a form of remembrance, ensuring that artefacts are not forgotten in storage (a solution to decay), then what shifts in institutional practices could take place, if we asked questions such as:

  • What does it mean for an archive or collection to provide open digital access to materials representing violated subjects who did not necessarily consent to being documented?
  • To what extent are institutions taking seriously non-European perspectives on looking at, or engaging with, ancestor remains?
  • How can we better understand the effects of unmediated, screen-based engagement with the material outcomes of biased and racist value systems?
  • And, how can we extend concepts of caretaking and custodianship beyond the institutionally directed ethical guidelines, currently provided by professional advocacy institutions?

Exploring what an ethics of care and/or custodianship might look like when engaging with such questions, this seminar seeks to provoke critical dialogue about the delicacies of caretaking colonial histories both on and offline – histories rife with carelessness. At the same time, I explore reparatory artistic engagements with such digitised images, and further describe how metadata might be rethought as a cataloguing space with the potential to alter the imbalances of historical power.

Tobias Olsson: Warm experts for elderly users. Who are they and what do they do?

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Tobias Olsson, Vice Dean and Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University . The title of the talk is:

Warm experts for elderly users: Who are they and what do they do?

It will take place on Wednesday, February 13, at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk.

Abstract:

This paper examines “warm experts”—that is, nonprofessional persons who help inexperienced users come to terms with digital devices—and their significance for the use of digital media in everyday life by elderly Swedes. We analyze data from a national survey (N = 1264) and from qualitative, semistructured interviews with 18 elderly Swedes (aged 65+). Our data reveal that the warm expert usually is a closely related person, often a child or grandchild, who is strongly involved in nearly every stage of technology domestication, from appropriation (i.e., identifying the need, buying the item, and installing and adjusting it) to incorporation (i.e., choosing and downloading suitable apps, teaching how to use them, and solving technical problems). Although the clear majority of elderly Swedes have been online for more than a decade, the need for continuous assistance from warm experts seems to persist also among experienced users.

Alicia Smedberg: Modalities of Agency within Infrastructuring Processes

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Alicia Smedberg, PhD student in Interaction design. The title of the talk is:

Modalities of Agency within Infrastructuring Processes

It will take place on Wednesday, February 6, at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara, and it will be Alicia’s 30 percent PhD seminar. Pelle Ehn, professor emeritus in Interaction design, will function as discussant.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk. If you would like to read Alicia’s text before the seminar, please mail her: alicia.smedberg@mau.se.

Abstract:

This Ph.D. centers around the issue of agency within Participatory Design (PD). While  the issue of agency bares relevance almost anywhere we look – and is inseparable from questions of power and governance; structure and solidarity; and from acting (regardless of how and why we act) – it holds particular bearing to the democratic principles of PD.

Over the past 18 months I have been conducting an inquiry into the particular issues that arise within infrastructuring processes spanning across the public and civic sectors. Through an on-going presence in two long-term projects (Amiralstaden and The Do-Think-Tank), and two fixed-term projects (Livskonceptet, and a case study around wind turbines and landownership in Orkney) I have sought to identify traits of agency. Questions of how and when to act, and of equal importance, when not to act, require strategies that cannot be contained by a universal rule but must be the result of a repertoire of sensitive approaches towards the practitioner’s situation. Within the 30% seminar, as well as within this Ph.D. as a whole, I seek to exemplify, with the support of anecdotes from the case studies, three modalities of agency: illumination, sensitization, and emancipation. While I have taken to the habit of speaking about these three modalities as a journey or a trajectory (to highlight the constant movement they encompass), it is important to note that neither agency nor emancipation is a fixed state that can be reached.

The seminar will provide a summary of the 30% text: In its initial half it attempts to map out the very bedrock of the project: its disciplinary position; its ontology, epistemology and methodology; its methods. In doing so I hope to afford the reader an insight into the how and why I have partaken in my case studies. The case studies will then be elaborated on briefly, followed by a discussion and reflection on future directions.

Åsa Harvard Maare: Collaborative problem-solving through embodied interaction

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Åsa Harvard Maare, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at K3. The title of the talk is:

Collaborative problem-solving through embodied interaction

It will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk.

In most scientific studies on collaborative problem-solving, it is framed as an outcome of – mainly – verbal interaction between problem-solvers. Collaborative problem-solving is achieved through negotiation, discussion, comparison. In this paper I want to approach collaborative problem-solving as a mainly embodied activity, regulated by gaze, body position, gesture, imitation etc.

The “problem” to solve is a geometrical problem expressed in visual form. Problem-solvers are 9-year old children working in pairs in the classroom during a mathematics lesson.

The method is interaction analysis. A video camera in the ceiling plus two handheld cameras document how problem-solvers take turns, observe other pairs, talk and interact, and to what extent these activities help them solve the problem.

What I will present during the seminar is the raw material (in spoken/discussed format) of a paper intended for the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and I look forward to all criticisms and constructive proposals that the participants may come up with.

Keywords: observational learning, motivation, learning design, ethnomethodology, interaction analysis

 

Elisabet Apelmo: Non-disabled bodies, gazes and emotions. A visual study in ableism in the crossroad of artistic and feminist sociological research

Welcome to this term’s first K3 seminar. It will be held by Elisabet Apelmo, visual artist and sociologist at the Department of Social Work, Malmö University. The title of the talk is:

Non-disabled bodies, gazes and emotions. A visual study in ableism in the crossroad of artistic and feminist sociological research.

It will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk.

The project draws from Apelmo’s double competence as both visual artist and sociologist. The purpose is to explore cultural representations of able-bodied people’s gazes and emotions in the meeting with the physically disabled body. The intersection between gender (that is, different forms of masculinities and femininities), class and dis/ability (that is, both bodies that are considered to have ‘normal’ physical ability and the ones that are regarded as deviant) will be analysed. The project is situated within critical disability studies and draws from theories about body, gazes and emotions. Three analytical methods will be used: (1) visual analysis, (2) associative writing and a research diary and (3) the making of public works of art and texts. The aims of the project are, firstly, to create an understanding of different practices of looking and thus contribute to a challenge of the cultural forces of ableism. Secondly, to explore how feminist sociology and visual arts may inform and develop each other.

Program for spring series 2019 complete

The program for the spring series 2019 is now complete. You can find it on the page “Seminar series spring 2019” as well as below:

Wednesday, January 23 at 10.15-12.00

Elisabet Apelmo, visual artist and Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Malmö University

Non-disabled bodies, stares and emotions. A visual study in ableism

Wednesday, January 30 at 10.15-12.00

Åsa Harvard Maare, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication, K3

Designing for collaborative problem-solving

Wednesday, February 6 at 10.15-12.00

Alicia Smedberg, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3

Modalities of agency within infrastructuring processes (30 percent PhD seminar)

Wednesday, February 13 at 10.15-12.00

Tobias Olsson, Vice Dean and Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University

Warm experts for elderly users: Who are they and what do they do?

Wednesday, February 27 at 10.15-12.00

Temi Odumosu, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, K3

The crying baby: On colonial archives, digitisation, and ethics of care in the cultural commons

Wednesday, March 6 at 10.15-12.00

Li Jönsson, Associate Senior Lecturer in Design, K3

Caring for ghosts, decay and magic in posthuman design

Wednesday, March 20 at 10.15-12.00

Solveig Daugaard, Comparative Literature researcher, K3, spring 2019

Media ecologies of literature in a digital age: affective interfaces and alternative infrastructures

Wednesday, March 27 at 10.15-12.00

Susan Kozel, Professor of New Media, K3

“Affective choreographies” or a Somatic materialism of mobile media

Wednesday, April 3 at 10.15-12.00

Charlotte Sörensen, Lecturer in Product Design

A framework for teaching reflective practices in design education

Wednesday, April 10 at 10.15-12.00

Dario Salvo, Associate Senior Lecturer in Design, K3

Technologies for the good: Mobile health and IoT for the environment

Wednesday, April 17 at 10.15-12.00

Jakob Svensson, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, K3

Behind the algorithm

Wednesday, April 24 at 10.15-12.00

Maliheh Ghajargar, Associate Senior Lecturer in Design, K3

A journey from (Industrial) design to (Interaction) design… and vice versa

Wednesday, May 15 at 10.15-12.00

Jens Pedersen, Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design, K3

Cultivating desire and absence in design ethnography

Wednesday, May 22 at 10.15-12.00

Johan Farkas, PhD student in Media and Communication Studies, K3

Disguised propaganda in the digital era: Race and racism in weaponised media (30 percent PhD seminar)

Wednesday, May 29 at 10.15-12.00

Maja Fagerberg Ranten. Interaction Designer and PhD student in Computer Science, Roskilde University

Designing artistic interactive systems from a phenomenological perspective – Designing for the body with the body

Marika Hedemyr: The Performative Space of a Smartphone – Interaction design and choreographic composition in mixed reality experiences

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Marika Hedemyr, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3. The title of the talk is:

The Performative Space of a Smartphone – Interaction design and choreographic composition in mixed reality experiences

This is Marika’s 30 percent PhD seminar, and it will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara. Per Linde, senior lecturer in Interaction Design, will function as discussant.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk. If you would like to read Marika’s text before the seminar, please mail her: marika.hedemyr@mau.se.

 

Abstract:

Hedemyr’s PhD in Interaction Design (ID) offers a tight dialogue between ID and choreography, expanding the domain of embodied interaction. The research seeks to unfold the potential of the intimate space of the smartphone with specificity to users in a public space.

 This space is seen as a physical, mental, social and mediated space: a hybrid space. It will be explored how augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and location-aware applications in a smartphone create this hybrid space, and how it can be designed for new forms of critical cultural interaction and aesthetic expressions. With relevance to interaction design, this research will explore how devices shape people, and how people shape devices.

 The method of a site-specific choreographic practice is applied, which offers an interdisciplinary approach and methods for analysis, creation, composition and design, placing the body/user at the centre. Hedemyr’s area of specialism is the convergence between choreography and interaction design, with relevance to embodied interaction, and public spaces.

 At the current date, November 2018 the first three case studies, Mixed Reality Walks, have been realized, premiered and are available to the audience as part of a museum or art exhibition. In the seminar they will be presented as an installation where parts of the walks can be tried out.

Oscar Hemer: Excerpts from the World Waltz. Contamination as research method and literary genre

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Oscar Hemer, Professor of Journalistic and Literary Creation, K3. The title of the talk is:

Excerpts from the World Waltz. Contamination as research method and literary genre.

It will take place on Wednesday, November 21 at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara

Below you will find an abstract for the talk. Oscar has also produced two texts that you can receive before the seminar by mailing him: Oscar.Hemer@mau.se.

Abstract:

To what extent do the academic and literary practices truly converge? Is it even desirable that they fuse into new genres? These are questions that I have struggled with the last decade in my double capacity as literary writer and academic researcher.  I am currently exploring a cross-genre that I at first, for lack of a better term, called ethnographic fiction (Hemer 2015; 2017). I have however lately decided to opt for the term contamination, based on the alleged tradition outlined by Kwame Anthony Appiah (2006), going from Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer, whose fusions of comedy and tragedy were called ‘contaminations’, to Salman Rushdie, the supposedly foremost contemporary successor. I take Appiah’s barely elaborated idea as an open and intriguing suggestion for a trans-genre in the borderland of art and academia, in which I am happy to inscribe my own work.

Contamination as a genre would be a congenial form for exploration of contamination as a subject – the purity/impurity discourse (Douglas 1966); creolisation (Glissant 1990; 1997; Hannerz 1986; 1996; Gutiérrez Rodríguez 2015; Erasmus 2017) – with South Africa as my principal case at present.

 At the seminar I intend to give a background to the ‘World Waltz’ project and present some of the challenges of my work in progress, the Cape Calypso.

References

Appiah, K. A. (2006). Cosmopolitanism : Ethics in a world of strangers. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co

Douglas, M. (1966). Purity and danger: an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo. London: Routledge & K Paul

Erasmus, Z. (2017). Race Otherwise : Forging a new humanism for South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press

Glissant, É. (1990). Poétique de la Relation. Poétique III. Paris: Éditions du Seuil

Glissant, É. (1997). Traité du Tout-Monde. Poétique IV. Paris: Éditions du Seuil

Gutiérrez Rodríguez, E. (2015). “Archipelago Europe: On creolizing conviviality”, in

Gutiérrez Rodríguez, E., and S. A. Tate (eds.). Creolizing Europe: Legacies and Transformations. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Hannerz, U. (2010 [1986]). “The World in Creolization”, in Cohen. R. and P. Toninato (eds.). The Creolization Reader. London: Routledge

Hannerz, U. (1996). Transnational connections: culture, people, places. London: Routledge

Hemer, O. (2012). ”Hillbrow Blues”, in Chapman, M. (ed.). Africa Inside Out : Stories, tales and testimonies. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Nartal Press

Hemer, O. (2015). ”Bengaluru Boogie : Outlines for an ethnographic fiction”, in Hansen, A. H., Hemer, O. & T. Tufte (eds.)(2015). Memory on Trial : Media, citizenship and social justice. Zürich: Lit Verlag

Hemer, o. (2017). ”Till kontaminationens lov / Bengaluru Boogie”. Kulturella perspektiv 2/2017