Susan Kozel, professor of new media at Malmö University, was asked to contribute a 20 minute lecture on Phenomenology to contribute to the course material for the Practice Based Research in the Arts course offered by Stanford University in the USA. This course was written and taught by theatre artists Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, […]
“Collaborative Media” is fundamentally a book about how we design, satirize, reappropriate, and invent over again. It demonstrates why we should focus not so much on the user in the singular, but in the plural. The book is a necessary and warmly recommended scholarly intervention if you want to understand design and collaborative media – but also collaborative media research. (Jussi Parikka).
OVERVIEW – With many new forms of digital media – including such popular social media as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr – the people formerly known as the audience no longer only consume but also produce and even design media. Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer term this phenomenon collaborative media, and in this book they investigate the qualities and characteristics of these forms of media in terms of what they enable people to do. They do so through an interdisciplinary research approach that combines the social sciences and humanities traditions of empirical and theoretical work with practice-based, design-oriented interventions.
Löwgren and Reimer offer analysis and a series of illuminating case studies – examples of projects in collaborative media that range from small multidisciplinary research experiments to commercial projects used by millions of people. Löwgren and Reimer discuss the case studies at three levels of analysis: society and the role of collaborative media in societal change; institutions and the relationship of collaborative media with established media structures; and tribes, the nurturing of small communities within a large technical infrastructure. They conclude by advocating an interventionist turn within social analysis and media design.
WALTRAUT RITTER is research director at Knowledge Dialogues, specializing in applied research projects on socio-economic issues of information and knowledge societies. On December 3, she will speak on the topic of Digital Futures for Archives at the Medea Talks lecture series.
[PUBLICATIONS] This article presents learnings and reflections on what role Malmö University as a design school can take when running a DESIS lab where several of the urgent challenges that face society today are approached. First, the base for the work, which takes place in the intersection between social innovation, participatory design and living labs, is introduced. Then, four examples of what we call agonistic small-scale experiments, where we not only explore potential solutions but also try to raise questions and dilemmas and allow controversies to reside side by side.
Malmö högskolas Bo Peterson gav den 3 oktober en föreläsning på temat “Smarta människor i smarta städer”. Smart teknik har blivit ett modeord som används i alla möjliga sammanhang. Det saluförs smarta TV-apparater, smarta mikrovågsugnar och smarta hus. Man pratar också om smarta städer. Det som är gemensamt för dessa olika “smarta” sakerna är, vanligtvis, att de på ett eller annat sätt är uppkopplade mot Internet. I föreläsningen går Bo Peterson genom de tre nyckelord – infrastruktur, deltagardemokrati, och hållbar utveckling – som ofta används i definitioner för vad som karakteriserar en “smart” stad.
Malmö University researcher Erling Björgvinsson went to Aalto University, Finland, to take part in a seminar on issues of commons. The title of the seminar is “Infrastructuring the Commons?”. Björgvinsson and Sanna Marttila hosted the session Cultural Commons.
“In this Cultural Commons session we ask: What are the emerging design practices and tools to collaboratively design sustainable cultural commons? How to facilitate the growth of emerging public knowledge resources? How the digital networks and cultural resources can be transferred for the public good? What perspectives and actions of infrastucturing and commoning can bring to the discussion on Cultural Commons? What are the current and emerging threats of Cultural Commons?”
September 24-26, Medea took part in the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum 2013 in Norrköping, Sweden. Medea had been invited to run this year’s Young Researchers Workshop, which is a traditional sidetrack during the conference. Under the theme “Occupation of life”, a group of young researchers from all over Europe explored how technology and social […]
NEW PUBLICATION – In several present discourses and practices that are involved in innovation and development projects, it seems like there is a strong emphasis on management and planning with agreements and clear goals as the crucial components. In this paper we propose another approach that more acknowledge the complexity and messiness of innovation. We will discuss how we, through Malmö Living Labs, have navigated across an ecology of ongoing projects and innovation policies that we try to merge into something coherent and meaningful in multiple ways.
From October 29, you are welcome to participate in AffeXity: Passages & Tunnels, a project within the framework of Living Archives exploring “affect in urban spaces”. The activities take place at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen.
AffeXity: Passages & Tunnels is a project exploring affect in urban spaces. Dance improvisation and screen dance techniques for video capture and editing are the main artistic modalities. The element of Augmented Reality (AR) lets the choreographies be suspended as hidden layers of media living in physical space and on personal mobile phones. An extra dimension of archived material is added, letting AR be part time-machine part performance of memory. This artwork can be experienced individually, or as part of coordinated groups, or you can see the AR media combined with a live performance on 31 October. The AR tags are placed all around the outside the Nikolaj building. You will need the free AR browser Aurasma running on your mobile phones to access the media.
Read more on the Living Archives website.
[PROJECT PORTFOLIO] New information and communication technology can radically improve the functionality and impact of public transportation, and there are significant opportunities to improve and enhance public transport penetration with an appropriate and innovative use of ICT. In May 2014, Medea will host an innovation competition for new innovative service solutions for public transportation.