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Pawlicka

Open lecture at Media Lab

Welcome to an open lecture

The Laboratory Turn in the Humanities

by Dr. Urszula Pawlicka
Visiting Researcher in Media Lab
Department of Media, Aalto University

3 October 2017, from 13:00–14:00
Department of Media, Aalto ARTS
Miestentie 3, Otaniemi, 4th floor, room 426

The humanities has made significant conceptual shifts that include fostering strong innovative and collaborative research, employing technologies, and building a bridge between the academy, industry, and community. Above changes mean designing and defining the humanities anew. Creating an academic discipline requires an ‘administrative imagination’; that is to say we must build a structure aligned with development strategy. Consequently, the humanities has undergone an ‘infrastructure turn’ over the past ten years and launched a new physical place: a laboratory. The emergence of labs in the humanities has been crucial for “redefining the role of the humanities” and “re-configuration of the humanities offered by computational technologies”; however, the proliferation and the fragmentation of labs have led to a state of emergency when it becomes urgent to investigate their significance, objectives, and impact.

The goal of the presentation is to analyze three aspects of the humanities labs: its impetus, implementation, and impact. The first part aims to trace a history of the humanities labs, covering the impulse and the mechanism of their creation. This section includes also mapping out laboratories in the humanities established all over the world. The second part presents the complex landscape of the laboratories in the humanities, launched in various ways as a physical research lab, a makerspace, a virtual network, a community project, etc. The last part examines the features of laboratories that significantly reconfigure the humanities seen as an innovative, digital technology-based field, hands-on experimental research, situated practice, engaged in community affairs, and collaborating with local companies.

Urszula Pawlicka is a visiting researcher in Media Lab Helsinki at Aalto University. She obtained her Doctorate degree in Literary Studies at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (2016). She participated in the following international conferences and scholarships: “The Making of the Humanities VI” at the University of Oxford (2017), the American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting at Harvard University (2016), Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria (2014), Fulbright Scholarship in Creative Media and Digital Culture at Washington State University Vancouver, WA, US (2014/2015), and fellowship in English Department at Stony Brook University, NY, US (2015). Over the years, she has published peer-reviewed scholarly articles (“English Studies”, “CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture”, and “Teksty Drugie”) and two monographs, including Literatura cyfrowa. W stronę podejścia procesualnego (Electronic Literature: Towards Processual Approach) released this month. Her current research interests include the infrastructure and conceptual transformations in the humanities, digital humanities, and the sociology of scientific knowledge.

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Media Lab Doctoral Summer School: Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

Call for Participation
_ Deadline Extended August 4, 2017

Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

DOM-L0006 Department of Media Doctoral School
Dates: 29–31 August 2017
Location: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Department of Media – Design Factory, Engine Room, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, 02150 Espoo, FINLAND
https://designfactory.aalto.fi

Beyond being of place, culture can also be said to be a thing of time. This is particularly the case in contemporary virtual environments where multiplicities of human culture often converge, co-exist, and co-evolve. In this three-day seminar and workshop organized by the Department of Media (Media Lab) at Aalto University we first intend to explore the notion of time and how it is represented across diverse cultures. Subsequently we will focus on the notion of ‘Event’ as a unit of analysis with the ‘Visit’ as an illustrative example.

The School includes lectures, presentations, and group exercises/workshops in which participants will engage in concept design exercises.

Faculty:

Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Prof. of New Media, host (Aalto ARTS, Media Lab) (see bio)
Zsófia Ruttkay, Associate Professor (MOME, Hungary) (see bio)
Paul Mulholland, Senior Fellow, (KMI, Open University, UK) (see bio)
Rasa Smite, Associate Professor, (Liepaja U, Latvia) (see bio)

Credits: For doctoral candidates, it is possible to receive up to 5 credits.

To participate: Send us your name, email address and a brief description of your current research indicating why participation in the course would benefit your studies and practice by Friday August 4, 2017.

For more information and registration: saara.mantyla@aalto.fi

See the Summer School website: http://mlabsummerschool.aalto.fi


Preliminary assignment

We request that you bring a 300-500 word narrative prepared about a significant visit that you realized. Your narrative should answer the 5Ws questions: Who, what, when, where and why? You will be asked to present your narrative during the first day of the School. Your presentation cannot exceed three minutes. It is possible to use images and sound.

Preliminary readings

To prepare for the discussion and work please read, annotate and extract up to five keywords from the texts included below.

  • Pratt, Mary Louise, “Arts of the Contact Zones”, Modern Language Association (MLA), 1991. https://serendip.brynmawr.edu/oneworld/system/files/PrattContactZone.pdf, (Accessed on 30/07/2017.)
  • Clifford, James, Routes, Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century, Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Kimmel, Michael, “Properties of the Body: Lessons Learned from the Anthropology of Embodiment.” In R. Frank, R. Dirven, T. Ziemke, E. Bernández Eds., Body, Language and Mind, Mouton de Gruyer: Berlin, 2007.

Tasks

  • Using a systemic approach, map out the experience of ‘the visit’.
  • Consider how the digital bears an impact on the experience of the visit. What are the pros and cons? Focus on data gathering processes, from a multimodal perspective (e.g. text, images, sound, smell? touch?).
  • Using design research methods, propose a concept for an application (or tool) that supports this significant event, from a human-oriented perspective.

This Doctoral School will take place at the Aalto Design Factory, Otaniemi.
Getting there: 
http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/contact/route_otaniemi/

Presentation on FabLabs in India, THU 11.5. at 17.30, Learning Centre

FabLabs and Entrepreneurship in India

Thursday 11 May 17.30-18.30
Aalto Fablab, Harald Herlin Learning Centre lower level
Otaniementie 9

Cindy Kohtala (Department of Design, Aalto Fablab, Open Knowledge Finland) recently visited three very different FabLabs in south India. She will present her impressions in an informal presentation on Thursday 11.5. Come to Aalto Fablab’s Open Day (12-17) and then stay for a dialogue on the diversity and potential of FabLabs internationally.

http://lib.aalto.fi/fi/
http://fablab.aalto.fi
https://www.fablabs.io

Guest lecture by Nina Czegledy at Media Lab DA Seminar, 11 May 2017, presentation by Andrea Mancianti

Welcome to the Media Lab Doctoral Seminar
Thursday May 11th from 17:00–19:00,
room 426, Miestentie 3 (Otaniemi), 4th floor.

DOM-L0003 Doctor of Arts at Media Lab Seminar
Responsible teacher: Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen

Guest lecture by Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator (CAN)

Presentation by Andrea Mancianti, opponent Archontis Politis

The seminar session is open for everyone interested in Aalto University.

Welcome!

See abstracts below.

 


Nina Czegledy:

Art as a Catalyst

One might re-consider the traditional interpretation of the term “Catalyst” in relation to Art and Science collaborations, especially as the term “catalyst” was originally used in chemistry for the volatile chemical element in a formula. According to a contemporary definition: catalyst means a person or thing that precipitates an event or change. Catalyst has however different functions in diverse situations – do art & science projects have the essential explosive chemical components to incite change? How is art, how is science and how is technology changing in this process? Are there any rules? How do we approach cultural differences? How can we define the underlying artistic, social and political motivations? What are the ethical concerns of collaboration between scientists and artists? This presentation is based on my own working practice on the intersection of art science and technology, mainly on the changing perceptions of the human body and its environment including a variety of social issues. In all the projects we focus on cross-cultural, inter disciplinary and inter generational matters.

Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, collaborates internationally on art & science & technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as the paradigm shifts in the arts informs her collaborative projects.  She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, researched, lead and participated in forums and symposia worldwide. Czegledy is an Adjunct Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto,  Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto,  Research Fellow, Semaphore Research Cluster, University of Toronto, Research Collaborator Hexagram International Network for Research Creation, Montreal, Senior Fellow, Intermedia, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest. She is a Member of the Governing Board Leonardo/ISAST, Board Member AICA International Association of Art Critics Canada and Chair, Intercreate org New Zealand.

http://www.ninaczegledy.net


Andrea Mancianti:

Ecosystem and experience: composing and orchestrating for mixed reality immersive environments

The context of the present research is an intersection of live visual music, off-stage performance art and augmented/virtual reality. Its aim is to develop, through different artistic case-studies of increasing complexity, strategies to compose and orchestrate immersive, explorable, reactive, audio- visual ecosystems, where the audience is engaged in following autonomous trajectories within the experience. The case studies, ranging from small scale sketches to larger artistic productions, revolve around the exploration of three main continuums, with a particular interest for hybrid solutions and attention to the different degrees of participation user-spectator-participant-performer- composer:

• the axis ranging from game-like to performative pieces.
the reality-virtuality continuum, from real-world to augmented to fully virtual media.
• the axis from solitary to social modes of participation.

The research will be conducted within the practice-based artistic research methodology framework, where reflection and artistic practice are conceived as two aspects of the same activity, involving continuous reciprocal interference. Each project will be carried-on through trans-disciplinary workgroups with technologists and artists from different fields, alternating practical work and open discussions. This process will generate a “toolkit” that includes compositional methods, technical and technological solutions, software and hardware tools, to address the many challenges presented by the relatively new context. Each case-study will offer a specific test bench to verify in practice the aptness of artistic strategies and tools.
This research comes at a crucial moment in VR history, as for the first time there is a global effort into making affordable devices, particularly conceived for mobile VR, making this technology accessible for a much broader audience. Moreover, the artistic evaluation of novel software applications, could help shift the focus of these technologies from purely entertainment to experimental artistic applications, creating a platform keeping together technology enterprises’ investments, artistic creativity and critical thinking.
The research’s artistic outcomes will be presented to the community in the form of explorative, mixed-reality experiences. At the end of each case study, interviews, questionnaires and discussions with the participants in different roles, will gather feedback and comments on the experience, complementing the documentation coming from audio-video recordings, pictures and sketches. Ecosystem and experience will be the guiding metaphors suggested to enquire the relational nature of these events, where their participants, the spaces they dwell and the technology they involve, will all be taken into account within a holistic compositional approach.

God why are you silent?bnAndrea Mancianti is a composer, performer and media artist devoted to work with the hybridisation of sound, movement and space and digital tools. He holds an MA in composition and music technology (2012, Conservatory of Florence) and a BA in Philosophy (2006, La Sapienza, Rome). He also participated to the IRCAM’s Cursus 1 in Paris (2013-2014). Currently he is a PhD candidate in the department of Media, in the school of Arts, Architecture and Design of Aalto University of Helsinki.
With his work, that include music compositions, installations and mixed media performances, he seeks to investigate compositional and performative aspects of interconnected audiovisual ecosystems, where real-word phenomena extend in the virtual digital world and complex feedback networks are established between the two realm. With media artist Roberto Pugliese is a founding member of quietSpeaker studio, a duo creating audiovisual performances and interactive installations.
His works have been performed in Europe and Usa, for institutions such as Ircam (Paris), Biennale Musica (Venice), Impuls and KUG (Graz), Muziekcentrum De Bijloke (Ghent), Centre Henri Pousseur (Liege), STUK (Leuven), Boston University (Boston), Nuova Consonanza (Roma), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) and others.

Valokuvataiteen jatko-opintoseminaari, keskiviikkona 19.4.

Tervetuloa DOM-L0003 Valokuvataiteen jatko-opintoseminaariin

Keskiviikkona 19 huhtikuuta 2017, klo 10–16
Arabian kampus, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki
9. krs, valokuvauksen tilat

Professori: Merja Salo

Ohjelma:

10-12 Kari Pyykönen: Väitöskirjan rakenne, sisällysluettelo ja poimintoja aineistosta.
12-13 Lounastauko
13-15 Satu Kiuru (Taiteen laitos): Kuvataiteilijan tutkimusmatka tiedostamattomaan. Väitöskirjan rakenteen ja aineiston esittely.
15-16 Pauliina Pasanen: Society for Photographic Education, seminaarikuulumisia Floridasta.

Guest lecture by Prof. Marcus Foth

Welcome to the guest lecture by

Prof. Marcus Foth

DOM-L0001 Visual Communication Design Doctoral Seminar
Aalto ARTS, Department of Media
Prof. Masood Masoodian from 1 December 2016

Thursday 30 March, Time: 13:00–15:00), Miestentien 3 (Otaniemi), room 429.

Professor Marcus Foth, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Interactive and Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
See more: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/foth/

The lecture is open for all in Aalto University. Welcome!

MarcusFoth

Lecture by Marcus Foth on Living+ Forum

Welcome to a lecture by:

Marcus Foth

on Living+ Forum

March 30th at 16:00, R001/Y122D (Otakaari 1)

Abstract
Ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and big data come together to give rise to a new urban paradigm being celebrated by many technology corporations and municipalities alike: the smart city. Yet, the general tenor of the current hype around smart cities is mainly about efficiency and productivity gains through automation and algorithmic analysis, and growth.

What evidence is there to suggest that the smart city can provide genuine answers to a number of wicked problems humanity faces?

In this talk, Professor Marcus Foth will dissect components that make up smart cities from cradle to grave and focus on the question of sustainability in cities. He will critically review examples and case studies with a view to widen the scope of the debate. Concluding remarks around co-creation, co-habitation and participatory governance beg further questions about not just the future of cities, but the future of deliberative democracy

Bio:
http://www.vrolik.de/

FAG3171 Ethnography of Space and Place

PhD Course at the division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH
27th of April to 4th of May 2017
 
The study of the city has undergone a transformation during the past ten years integrating ever wider theoretical perspectives from anthropology, cultural geography, political economy, urban sociology, and regional and city planning, and expanding its attention to the city as physical, architectural and virtual form.  An emphasis on spatial relations and consumption as well as urban planning and design decision-making provides new insights into material, ideological and metaphorical aspects of the urban environment.  Reliance on ethnography of space and place allows researchers to present an experience-near account of everyday life in urban housing or local markets, while at the same time addressing macro-processes such as globalization and the new urban social order.                         
 
This course sketches some of the methodological and theoretical implications of the ethnographic study of the contemporary city using anthropological tools of participant observation, field notes, behavioral mapping, and theories of space and place to illuminate spaces in modern/post-modern cities and their transformations.  In doing so, the course underscores links between the shape, vision and experience of cities and the meanings that their citizens read off screens and streets into their own lives. 
 
The course is developed in collaboration between the Center for the Future of Places, KTH and the division of Urban and regional Studies.
 
The course is 3 ects with beforehand reading, 5 days in Stockholm and a written assignment to be handed in afterwards.
 
Course objectives:
After completing the course, the student will:
–  Be able to employ ethnographic methods to study phenomena of place and space
– Be able to present experience-near accounts of everyday situated life, while at the same time addressing macro-processes such as globalization and the new urban social order.
– Display a comprehension of the variegated ways through which contemporary urban experience is mediated.
 
Participants need to be accepted into a PhD program in planning studies, urban and regional studies, or a related field.
Grading: P/F
 
Applications and questions:
By email to Jonathan Metzger, jonathan.metzger@abe.kth.se.
 
Final reading list will be provided in the beginning of April.
 
Preliminary Schedule:
27th of April What constitutes the anthropology of space and place?  How is it different from a geography of space and place?  Why would this be a helpful body of theory and methodology for my research and scholarly development? 
Introduction: The Anthropology of Space and Place
Social co-production of scape
28th of April Social Production of Space: History, Political Economy, Planning and Power
Introduction to fieldwork: Participant Observation and Field notes as a Method for Understanding the Social Construction of Space
2nd of May  Social Construction of Space: Race, Class and Gender
Introduction fieldwork:  Behavioral Mapping
4th of May Presentation and final discussion
 
 
Course leader: Setha Low
Setha Low received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She started her career as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, City and Regional Planning, and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Low is currently Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York where she teach courses and trains Ph.D. students in the anthropology of space and place, urban anthropology, culture and environment, and cultural values in historic preservation. Her most recent books include: Politics of Public Space (2006 Routledge with Neil Smith), Rethinking Urban Parks: Public Space and Cultural Diversity (2005, University of Texas Press with S. Scheld and D. Taplin), Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America (2004, Routledge), The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture (2003, Blackwell with D. Lawrence-Zuniga), On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture (2000, University of Texas), Theorizing the City: The New Urban Anthropology Reader (1999, Rutgers University Press), Place Attachment (1992, Plenum with I. Altman). Her current research is on the impact of private governance on New York City coop residents, working on a collaborative project with Dolores Hayden on Spatial Methods and Public Practices funded by CASBC at Stanford, and is writing a book entitled Spatializing Culture: An Anthropological Theory of Space and Place.
 
 
Jonathan Metzger, (Docent, PhD)
Associate Professor / Universitetslektor
Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Division of Urban and Regional Studies
KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
 
telephone: +46-(0)8-7907905
cell: +46-(0)70-4451593

Talk by Jussi Parikka: Inventing Pasts and Futures: Speculative Design and Media Archaeology

Welcome to Doctor of Arts Seminar at Media Lab Thursday 2 March 2017:

Jussi Parikka:

Inventing Pasts and Futures:
Speculative Design and Media Archaeology

Abstract: This talk will expand some themes in media archaeology in relation to speculative design. In short, the talk will elaborate how the temporal horizon of speculative design can also be worked through historical materials and past themes, bringing the two fields in proximity. Besides some theoretical points, the talk will elaborate on situated practices such as the Maker Lab in the Humanities (at University of Victoria, Canada) as well as recent projects such as the Media Archaeology of Ingenious Devices which we (myself together with Ayhan Aytes) set up at the Istanbul Design Biennial past Autumn. The project expanded on media archaeologies of Middle East automata into versions of “what if” history as well as geopolitically alternative questions about speculation.

MECS_ParikkaBiography: Dr Jussi Parikka is Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and Docent at University of Turku. His various books have addressed a wide range of topics relevant to a critical understanding of network culture, aesthetics and media archaeology of contemporary technologies. The books include the media ecology-trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd. ed 2016), the award-winning Insect Media (2010) and most recently, A Geology of Media (2015), which addresses the environmental contexts of technical media culture.

In addition, Parikka has published such books as What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various books, recently Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. He is also the co-editor of Across and Beyond: – A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions (Sternberg Press, 2016, co-edited with Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing and Elvia Wilk).

Parikka’s website/blog: http://jussiparikka.net
Find him on Twitter as: @juspar

DOM-L0003 Doctor of Arts at Media Lab Seminar
Responsible teacher: Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen

TIME: Thursday 2 March 2017, from 17:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: Miestentie 3 (Otaniemi), 4th floor, room 426.

Guest lecture at Media Lab DA seminar: Timo Honkela

Welcome to the seminar lecture 8th December from 17:00 at Miestentie:

THE BIG PICTURE OF HUMAN-MACHINE COEVOLUTION

by Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki

ABSTRACT
Invention of linguistic communication, symbolic representation, writing and printing have been important steps in human cultural evolution. Computers and networks have have enabled further developments. During the past fifty years human knowledge and skills have progressed increasingly with the help of computers. The knowledge and skills of digital systems have been usually limited by the knowledge and imagination of humans. There are exceptions to this and they are increasing because of the use of machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and other adaptive systems, growing amount of open data, and computational resources becoming close to human capacities. Clear risks related to these developments. For instance, large proportion of professions will be taken over by computers and robots. This is, however, a limited problem if the development leads into improved understanding of our societies and decision making, improved mutual understanding, and better use of resources. This kind of cultural evolution can lead into very beneficial developments. We can discuss what kind of design-in-the-large is needed to reach such a positive track.

SHORT BIO: TIMO HONKELA
It may be fair to say that professor Timo Honkela has unusually wide scientific and work experience. He has served as a professor earlier in the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Lab and Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Information and Computer Science and currently at the University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages. Honkela’s research and development work has covered since 1980s areas such as natural language processing, artificial neural networks, participatory media art, visual information retrieval, text mining, socio-cognitive modeling, and analysis of complex societal phenomena.