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Symposium on Aspect Change – October 21 — 22, 2021, in Bern, Switzerland

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Symposium on Aspect Change

Next week, starting October 21st, VCD MA student João Emediato and head of MA programme in Visual Communication Design Arja Karhumaa will give talks in the “Symposium on Aspect Change” in Bern, Switzerland. The symposium is arranged by Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB. The event is held in English.

The multidisciplinary event will be streamed live and there is no admission!

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Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB – Symposium on Aspect Change

COMPARING CULTURAL PRACTICES AND VOCABULARIES RELATING TO SHIFTING MEANINGS
With interdisciplinary contributions from international researchers in THE ARTS, PHILOSOPHY, GEOGRAPHY, DESIGN, LITERATURE, COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Hosted by Tine Melzer, INSTITUT PRAKTIKEN UND THEORIEN DER KÜNSTE, HKB

*** Please note: On site attendance with valid COVID certificate ***

Streamed on Youtube on the dates: http://www.tinemelzer.eu/aspect-change/

Online attendance registration for Zoom link via here.

https://www.hkb.bfh.ch/de/aktuell/fachveranstaltungen/forschung-aspect-change-21-10-21/

Contact via email

PROGRAM – Thursday 21st of October

9.30 Registration

9.30
Batia Suter
artist, Amsterdam
Film: Radial Grammar, 2018
(excerpts)

10.00 – Welcome
Tine Melzer
artist and researcher, HKB
»Towards Aspect Change «

10.30
David Zürcher
singer & film maker, Bern
Film: »Prekäre Dinge« 2017

10.45
Tobias Servaas
philosopher, Amsterdam
»It is always before one’s eyes – Wittgenstein on aspect change«

11.15
Silvia Maier
cognitive scientist, Zürich
»What you see is what you expect – A brain’s perspective on aspect change«

12.00
Alexandra Leykauf
artist, Berlin
»Both Sides Now«

BREAK

14.00
Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
art historian, University of Amsterdam
»Aspect Change, Oscillation, Parallax, Untranslatability: Approaching inconsistencies in Joseph Beuys’ work«

15.00
Uta Eisenreich
artist, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam
»It goes without saying«

BREAK

16.00
João Emediato
artist, graphic designer & performer, Aalto University Helsinki
»Atlas of Work«

16.45
Alina Maria Frieske
artist, Berlin
»Tracking Connections – Imagined Recordings«

17.30
Broersen&Lukács
artists, Amsterdam
Film: »Forest on Location« 2018 (10m)

PROGRAM – Friday 22nd of October

9.30 registration

10.00
Hinrich Sachs
visual artist and writer, Basel
»Taparanco yaycuuan or To my Fellows in the Future«

11.00
Benjamin Hennig
geographer, Reykjavik, University of Iceland
»Rediscovering the world: New maps and visualisations of a changing planet«

12.00
Lizzie Ridout
artist, Falmouth University UK
»Little clouds: Speech balloons and the air of language«

12.45
Tanja Schwarz
artist and researcher, Bern
»Panic for Beginners«

BREAK

14.00
Arja Karhuma
graphic designer & text artist, Aalto University Helsinki
»The horizon of typographic expectation«

14.45
Ilse van Rijn
art historian & writer, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam
»Diatomaceous meditations«

BREAK

15.45
Raymond Taudin Chabot
artist, HKB
Film: »Cigars«, 2021 (14m 13s)

16.15
Florian Göttke
artist, writer & researcher, Dutch Art Institute Amsterdam
»Performance and Perception: Make Belief and Aspect Change«

17.00
Leila Peacock
artist, Zürich
Audio: »Factual Uncertainties« with Robin the Fog, 2011

17.15 Closing Panel

 

 

DOCTOR OF ARTS IN NEW MEDIA & VCD SEMINARS – AUTUMN 2021 SCHEDULES

This Autumn semester the Doctor of Arts in New Media seminars will be held jointly with the Visual Communications Design seminars as online events. The Seminars will be led by Professor Masood Masoodian as Professor Lily Díaz-Kommonen is on a partial leave.

The meeting dates for Autumn will be held from 15:15-18:00 on the following dates.

  • 21 October
  • 18 November
  • 16 December

In addition, there will be a special, non-mandatory session on 30 September, from 16:00-17:00, which will serve the function of re-connecting and updating, and give new doctoral students an opportunity to introduce themselves. During this session participants can also discuss how they have been coping in the changing situation with the pandemic.

 

Aalto Creativity Symposium 2021 Vaasa, September 10th – 11th

AALTO CREATIVITY SYMPOSIUM 2021

Photo by Julia Weckman. Campus art.

Photo: Julia Weckman.

Aalto Creativity Symposium is a meeting point for scholars and practitioners, which will take place at Vaasa this coming Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, both on-site and online.

Do you become more creative if you study creativity?

This creativity symposium discusses creativity and creativity theories and invites you who wants to understand more about the science of creativity, whether you are a student, scientist, teacher, entrepreneur, a leader in an organization, an artist, work in the field of psychology or else interested in creativity.

Creativity is a competence needed in times of change. We use our inherent creativity when solving problems, working in teams, or creating art or new products or strategies. Creativity theories submerge under the surface and make our tacit knowledge of creativity visible.

International keynote speakers and national presenters talk about various aspects of creativity: imagination, chaos, the creative process, and more. The topics are not domain specific but aim to shed light on the fundamental principles of creativity. Read more about keynote and featured speakers here.

The symposium is organized by a Team in The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO

in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

  • Elisabeth Morney (chair)
  • Kirsi Reinola
  • Hannah Kaihovirta, Associate professor, University of Helsinki
  • Tuula Leinonen
  • Kirsi Manninen
  • Marjaana Rantama

REGISTRATION

Register here.

Online registration is free for Aalto people! For non-Aalto participants the online registration fee is €40.

On-site participation €80. On-site registration fee includes coffee, tea, fruit, and snacks. Self-pay lunch in the restaurant (pre-orders will be sent to participants). Please note that due to pandemic restrictions the number of on-site participants is limited, and thus the on-site registration might already be full.

VENUE

On-site venue is located in Sulva (15 km from Vaasa). Online in Zoom (link will be sent to registered participants).

International and national participants are warmly welcome! The sessions will be recorded and can be viewed by participants for two weeks after the event.

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

FRIDAY – September 10th

13:00 – Lunch & registration

14:30 – Welcome & Definition and Aspects of Creativity (Elisabeth Morney, chair)

14:40 – Radical Creativity – What is it? The strategy of Aalto University (Tuomas Auvinen, Dean of School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University)

15:00 – Keynote: Intelligence, Creativity and Skill (Bonnie Cramond, Professor Emerita, University of Georgia, USA)

16:00 – Break (coffee)

16:20 – Imagination as a Source for Creativity (Hannah Kaihovirta, Docent, Senior researcher, University of Helsinki)

16:45 – Creative Thinking: Idea, Process and End Result (Riikka Mäkikoskela, Head of Radical Creativity, Aalto University)

17:10 – Improvisational Theater, Flow and Group Dynamic (Mikael Rejström, Actor & Creative Director, Stella Polaris)

17:30 – Marketing in an Equitable World (Dee Fretwell, Instructor, School of Business, Southern Oregon University, USA)

17:50 – Break (coffee)

18:00 – Keynote: Chaos, Complexity, and Creativity (Ruth Richards, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, California, USA)

19:00 – Closing words for the day

19:15 – Symposium dinner

SATURDAY – September 11th

9:30 – Welcome to symposium day two (Hannah Kaihovirta)

9:40 – Quality, Taste and the Creative Product (Elisabeth Morney, Aalto University)

10:00 – The Movement between Intuition and Evidence in the Creative Design Process (Kirsi Manninen, Aalto University)

10:20 – Break (coffee)

10:30 – Limitation as a Creative Resource (Kirsi Reinola, Aalto University)

10:50 – Ethical Aspects of Creativity (Marjaana Rantama, Aalto University)

11:10 – Break

11:20 – What is Creativity? Perceptions of primary school children in Malta. (Dr. Margaret Mangion, Senior lecturer, University of Malta, The Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation, Malta)

11:40 – The Role of Creativity in Interdisciplinary Work Groups in Higher Education Context (Dr. Daniela Bauer, Nuremberg Tech, LEONARDO – Centre for Creativity and Innovation, Germany)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Keynote: Assessment of Creativity (Bonnie Cramond, Professor Emerita, University of Georgia, USA)

14:00 – Break (coffee)

14:15 – Round table: Do you become more creative by studying creativity? (Elisabeth Morney (chair), Bonnie Cramond, Hannah Kaihovirta, Riikka Mäkikoskela)

14:50 – Wrap up, final words

15:00 – End

Photography Off the Scale – Talk by Jussi Parikka – Thursday 20.5 from 15:00 – 16:00

PHOTOGRAPHY OFF THE SCALE

Talk by Jussi Parikka

Thursday, May 20th on Zoom from 15:00 – 16:00

Image © Abelardo Gil-Fournier. Rotating GIF image with text 'Photo Talks' and 'Jussi Parikka'.

Image © Abelardo Gil-Fournier.

Doctoral Seminar – Open to everyone!

When: Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Zoom link: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/66102166387

INFO
“For the inaugural Aalto Photo Talks, we have invited media theorist Jussi Parikka as our guest speaker. Parikka has written extensively on new media and digital culture. His writings unravel the historicity of emerging media, tracing our past, articulating our present and imagining our future relationship with technology. In his recent publication Photography Off the Scale, Parikka turns his attention to operational images and image en masse. From the mass image in vernacular culture to transformations of photography in contexts of big data and artificial intelligence, the essays in the book explore the massification of photography. During the talk, Parikka will present his work and his recently-published co-edited photo theory anthology Photography Off the Scale. The presentation will be followed by a casual Q&A discussion.

The talk is open to public and we welcome Aalto students from the Department of Media and other disciplines to join us. Please also feel free to invite students from outside of Aalto.”

You can download the introductory article using the link, under the tab ‘resource’ here.

SPEAKER BIO
Jussi Parikka is Professor of Technological Culture & Aesthetics at University of Southampton and visiting Professor at FAMU at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague. He is also Docent/Dosentti in Digital Culture Theory at University of Turku. He is the project director for “Operational Images and Visual Culture” (2019-2023, funded by the Czech Science Foundation). Jussi’s books include Koneoppi (2004), Digital Contagions (2007), Insect Media (2010), A Geology of Media (2015), as well as What is Media Archaeology? (2012) alongside several edited collections, including one on Erkki Kurenniemi (Writing and Unwriting Media Art HIstory, 2015, with Joasia Krysa). Recently, he published the co-edited Photography off the Scale (2021, with Tomas Dvorak) and The Lab Book (co-authored with Darren Wershler and Lori Emerson) is forthcoming later in 2021. Jussi also serves on Ihme Helsinki advisory board.

For more info and Jussi Parikka’s blog: http://jussiparikka.net

ABOUT AALTO PHOTO TALKS
Aalto Photo Talks is a series of conversations with thinkers, theorists and practitioners of photography with the aim to expand the notion of photography and explore interdisciplinary connections. The talk is organized by doctoral candidates from Aalto Photography. Although it may take different forms, most talks are organized as casual conversations with the invited guest for a free-flowing exchange of ideas and questions.

For any questions, please contact: Sheung Yiu // Aalto Photo Talks

New Media Doctoral Seminar (DOM-L0007) – 29.4.2021

Welcome to the fourth New Media Doctoral Seminar of 2021, which is the last one for this Spring semester!

The seminar will be held virtually on Zoom on Thursday 29th April from 16:30 to 19:30 (GMT + 02.00, Helsinki, EEST). Mediated by Professor Lily Díaz-Kommonen, there are again two extremely interesting presentations with a Q&A discussion taking place afterwards.

Click here to join the Zoom event!

Presentations are open for everyone. Welcome!

PRESENTATIONS

Picture of Tania Chumaira's work 'Understanding Spatial Affordances in VR environment through Mapping'.

Understanding Spatial Affordances in VR environment through Mapping by Tania Chumaira. Illustration © Harishazka Fauzan.

Understanding Spatial Affordances in VR environment through Mapping

by Tania Chumaira

ABSTRACT

The emergence of technologies has led to creation of novel spaces that aim to mediate and migrate our everyday activities. One of the most engaging novel spaces is the VR environment in which interaction and actions occur in one shared virtual environment in real-time. This new way of constructing space enables the creation of different spatial affordances. This research explores mapping in the VR environment as mapping is one of the most common techniques in architecture to read spaces and understand spatial affordances. This research hypothesises that through using mapping techniques borrowed from architecture discourse, we can be more informed about the VR experience’s spatial affordances.

BIO

Picture of Tania Chumaira.

Tania Chumaira.

Tania Chumaira is an Indonesian-based architect. After few years of practice in architecture and interior design, she started to develop an interest in combining new media and spatial design to experiment with different spatial experiences without making massive and disruptive physical intervention. Being motivated by that idea, she later pursued her masters majoring in Interactive Architecture at The Bartlett, London. Currently, Tania is working on her doctoral research supervised by Lily Díaz-Kommonen and supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

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Exploring an Illustrated Manuscript through an Interface based on Interactive Data Visualization

by Ferhat Sen

ABSTRACT

With the advance in digital technology, cultural heritage artifacts are digitized to provide access to wider audiences. These digitization efforts resulted in a vast number of digital collections while introducing a problem of how to explore or present these collections. Going over a gallery of images does not convey much information and keyword-based search does not seem to be useful in scenarios where the user is either does not have prior knowledge about the collection or does not precisely know have what s/he is searching for.

The objective of this research is to investigate alternative ways to display/present image collections using data visualization with a use case of an illustrated historical manuscript. Interactive data visualization can offer users the possibility to explore a collection along with the inherent relationships between the items in the collection with references to the specific qualities of the artifact.

By using a user-centered design approach along with interactive data visualization techniques, we created a prototype web application called Exploring Suleymanname.

In this presentation, we share the design, implementation, and evaluation of a responsive web application that enables users to explore the image collection of the Suleymanname manuscript through interactive data visualization.

BIO

Picture of Ferhat Sen.

Ferhat Sen.

Ferhat Sen is a creative designer and engineer. He brings together design and technology to create innovative online/onsite digital experiences. He has produced and collaborated several projects using various media ranging from interactive installations to web applications. Ferhat is currently working at Stereoscape as Chief Technology Officer delivering solutions involving web, mobile, VR and AR technologies and pursuing a doctoral degree in New Media at Aalto Media Lab. His research interests are interaction design and digital cultural heritage.

Defence of dissertation in the field of Visual Communication Design, MA Laura Valojärvi

Zoom Quick Guide

The audience is asked to join at no later than 12:00. The defence will be recorded.

Event language: English  

Event page: In English In Finnish 

Title of dissertation:

The Cycle of Creative Resources: The creative process and creative well-being from the perspective of picture book illustrators

Opponent: PhD, Docent Maria Lassén-Seger, Åbo Akademi.

Custos: Professor Masood Masoodian, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media.

ABSTRACT

“Research studies acknowledge the complex nature of creative personalities and show empirical evidence for an association between creativity and mood disorders. Yet, there has been surprisingly little discussion of creative professionals who have lost their work motivation and creative spark. A critical discussion of this phenomenon is often reduced instead to conversations focusing on some variation of the idea that the unifying characteristic of creative people is that they all love what they do. This perspective does not reflect the reality of the working lives of creative professionals and ignores those creative individuals who have lost their passion for their creative work. In the studies presented in this thesis, I focus on addressing this gap and attempt to provide a more in-depth understanding of the creative process.

This thesis examines creative well-being and the complexity of the creative process from the perspective of picturebook illustrators. The methodological basis of the thesis is a qualitative approach called grounded theory. The term “grounded” refers to the idea that the theory emerging from the research is grounded in data, instead of having its basis in a particular theoretical framework. I collected the research data by documenting my own picturebook illustration process and by conducting narrative interviews with eight Finnish picturebook illustrators. Initially, my aim with the thesis was to gain a better understanding of the creative process of illustrating a picturebook. I started by trying to answer the question: what is the creative process of illustrating a picturebook? However, the more I examined my data, the clearer it became that it suggested a new kind of theory about the work-related well-being of creative professionals in general. Consequently, I ended up posing and answering two further questions: what are the main elements of creative resources, and what are the main factors contributing to creative well-being?

This interdisciplinary investigation draws not only on studies of the picturebook illustration process, but also on research on creativity and creative processes in general. It concludes by providing two visual models that have emerged from the studies presented in this thesis. The first – the Picturebook Illustration Model – presents the four-stage process followed when illustrating picturebooks. The second – the Cycle of Creative Resources – proposes that creative well-being could be observed as a cycle of six states of creative resources that have been identified in this thesis. Where on the Cycle of Creative Resources a creative professional finds herself has a direct impact on how fulfilling or draining she experiences the creative process. This thesis suggests a new way to approach, achieve, and sustain creative well-being. It concludes by proposing that creativity in itself does not increase or diminish in a person – it is always there, ready to be used and explored. What increases or decreases are the creative resources. This, I propose, is at the core of creative well-being.”

Image related to the dissertation. The Cycle of Creative Resources by Laura Valojärvi.

The Cycle of Creative Resources by Laura Valojärvi.

The dissertation is publicly displayed online 10 days before the defence here.

THE DOCTORAND

Image of the doctorand, MA Laura Valojärvi. Image © Teemu Valojärvi.

The doctorand, MA Laura Valojärvi. Image © Teemu Valojärvi.

Laura Valojärvi is a Helsinki based designer and researcher. In her doctoral dissertation “The Cycle of Creative Resources: The creative process and creative well-being from the perspective of picturebook illustrators” Valojärvi provides a more in-depth understanding of the creative process and creative well-being of creative professionals. Valojärvi has previously graduated with MA from University of Art and Design Helsinki (Taik). She has also studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Along with her doctoral studies and her work as an illustrator, Valojärvi has worked as a teacher and lecturer at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture since 2011.

For more information, please contact Laura Valojärvi.

 

Defence of dissertation in the field of Photography – MA Pauliina Pasanen

Zoom Quick Guide

The audience is asked to join at no later than 12:00. The defence will be recorded.

Event language: Finnish

Event Page: In Finnish | In English

Title of dissertation:

Kohtaamisissa koetellut.

Oppiminen dokumentaarisissa valokuvaustyöpajoissa

English title: Tested through encounters. Learning in documentary photography workshops

Opponent: PhD, Reijo Kupiainen, University of Tampere.

Custos: Professor Harri Laakso, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media.

ABSTRACT

Tested through encounters. Learning in documentary photography workshops research is academical study in the field of arts pedagogy. It examines learning in photography ́s major studies in a University of applied sciences, more precisely in two specific documentary workshops in which the photography of the students is at the core. The teachers of the study (Stefan Bremer, Encountering photography workshop as well as Japo Knuutila and Jan Kaila, The methodological workshop of photography) have carried out workshops using self-developed concepts for decades in Finnish photography study programs.

The methodology of this study is at-home ethnography with the context of the study being the researcher-teachers workplace. The researcher makes use of essential research material alongside her own knowledge and experience about the subject. The material consists of pictures and sound recordings of the teaching situations and is supplemented by interviews of the teachers and students. In the study learning is observed through the actor-network theory. In this case the learning is considered to be happening in transformations of the different human and non-human actors. Instead of seeing learning only as an individual’s progression, this research looks at learning as a socio-material process. To learn to be a photographer is to experience the trials of the unified functioning of human and camera in different encounters in photography environments as well as teaching situations in the dialogue between the teacher, the student and the student group.

The research accounts for the changes that digitalization and the internet have made to photography and its learning processes. The Documentarist now acts in a networked world, where the information concerning the study of art is easily available, international contacts are created through social media and the sharing of images changes the human attitude towards photography.

Alongside non-human actors the study also examines, for example the dialogue and authority relation between the teacher and the student. The teacher teaches in many ways, for example by setting up as opposition to the student and challenging them to overcome themselves as photographers. In Documentary workshops the idea is to be present in the world which is not entirely possible through distant learning using the internet. Being trained in being intensely present matters. Instead of examining the photographers identity the study suggests using Rosi Braidotti ́s concept of Nomadic subjectivity to look at the agency of the documentarist in different relations as a continually evolving process.”

The dissertation is publicly displayed online 10 days before the defence here.

THE DOCTORAND

Image of the doctorand, MA Pauliina Pasanen. Image by Kari Pyykönen.

The doctorand, MA Pauliina Pasanen. Image © Kari Pyykönen.

Pauliina Pasanen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Photography at Lahti Design Institute (LAB University of Applied Sciences). The methodology of her doctoral dissertation ‘Kohtaamisissa koetellut. Oppiminen dokumentaarisissa valokuvaustyöpajoissa’ (Tested through encounters. Learning in documentary photography workshops) is at-home ethnography with the context of the study being the researcher-teacher ́s workplace. Alongside the actual research material, the researcher makes use of her own knowledge and experience about the subject. The dissertation is published by Aalto Arts Books. The research is the first study about the pedagogy of photography in higher education in Finland. Pasanen has previously graduated MA from the University of Art and Design (Taik).

For more information, please contact Pauliina Pasanen.

 

VCD DA Seminar – Thursday 25 March 14:00 – 16:00

The next VCD Doctoral Seminar is held Thursday 25.3 from 14:00 – 16:00 on Zoom. The event will be mediated by Professor Masood Masoodian from Visual Communication Design. Assistant Professor Arja Karhumaa, who is also Head of Visual Communication Design MA programme, will be presenting an overview summary of her thesis which is currently in pre-examination.

PRESENTATION:

Epä(i)genesis: Design as (new) materialist writing. Study Y.

by Arja Karhumaa

ABSTRACT

This is an artistic research into the materiality of typographic text. In everyday settings, the conventions of ordinary text documents render them almost transparent for their reader. At the same time, the conventions are so visual that texts are often recognised before reading, just by looking. As a designer and a researcher, I expose these conventions in “Epägenesis”, my experimental writing project which starts from appropriating found text from ordinary text documents.

In “Epägenesis” (eng. “Ungenesis”), the persuasive power of form is exposed by my entangled gestures of writing, designing and reading, calling into question the established categories of ”form” and “content”. What is subsequently exposed is the situated knowledge and skilled practice of a text designer.

The dissertation consists of two books (X and Y), where X marks the practice-based part and Y is a study that sheds light on the project. Here, X and Y define a space where practice and theory make new diffractive patterns, producing new knowledge where the two are inseparable.

The first book, “Epägenesis: Katalogi X”, collects my experimental texts in four series: Alfa, Beeta, Delta and Gem. In writing these texts, I borrow methods and constraints from conceptual and procedural writing.

In this study, I reread my experimental writing in Epägenesis through theories and concepts used in examining the visual and material aspects of typography. Linguistic and literary studies, art history, and visual and media studies have previously shown interest mainly towards textual artifacts that are recognisably material, i.e. unconventional. Multimodal research also recognises how texts are produced through various practices. In my research, I read typography through new materialist concepts, which suggest that text is always material-discursive regardless of if its form is prominent or transparent to its reader. New materialist thinking allows me to show how typographic writing is entangled with language and matter, with impact from both human and nonhuman. In my research, I am particularly interested in how this impact gets entangled with the notion of the public.

The history of typography is the history of printing, which carries with it many preconceived ideas about origin, authorship, and value. The entanglements of writing, printing and typography deserve to be examined carefully just as typographic practices and conventions migrate onto digital environments, where they emerge and transform in networks devoid of subjective authorship or discernable origin. This might be a turning point which will reveal that us humans never did our writing on our own, and not only do we write, but through material-discoursive agents something is always also epigenetically written into the world.

Showing evidence of the extensive impact of typography on the lives of publics is not easy, but my thesis proposes a certain ”sociology of texts”. This is a space where the categories of language and image, form and content, convention and invention collapse. Instead, new differential, entangled relationships are recognised in how typographic choices impact our shared world and its patterns of variation and change. With my multiple shifts in perspective, scale, and method, this thesis points to how the smallest punctuation marks are entangled with the vast phenomena of knowledge and power.

This doctoral thesis consists of two parts, X and Y, which will be pre-examined and evaluated together:

  1. Epägenesis: Katalogi X (image below, a printed book, the artistic production of the thesis)
  2. “Epä(i)genesis: Design as (new) materialist writing. Study Y.”

Epägenesis is an experimental writing project where I borrow methods and constraints used in literary practices of conceptual and procedural writing. Epägenesis: Katalogi X is a 280-page book, printed and sewn. It documents all my textual experiments which are then discussed and contex- tualised in the Study Y.

Picture of Arja Karhumaa's Book Epägenesis : Katalogi X

Arja Karhumaa’s Epägenesis : Katalogi X

Bio

Arja Karhumaa is a text designer, a feral academic, and a language animal, not to mention Assistant Professor, and Head of Visual Communication Design MA programme at Aalto ARTS. Her doctoral thesis is an artistic research into the (new) material aspects of typographic writing and the situated knowledge of a text designer, and it proposes a certain ”sociology of text”. The artistic production of the thesis is documented in Epägenesis : Katalogi X, a catalogue/publication of conceptual and procedural writing.

In her practice, research and education, Karhumaa is searching for new currents and possible modes of contemporary academic and critical practice within visual communication. Her specific interests are language and typography, publication as art/design practice, and positioning communication design in contexts such as new materiality and intersectional feminism. Karhumaa has held workshops and participated prominent design competition juries both in Finland and internationally. She is co-founder of the non-profit independent publishing platform Multipöly.

 

Station of Commons presents Digital Commoning Practices – Phase2

Digital Commoning Practices

Station of Commons: Digital Commoning Practices

DIGITAL COMMONING PRACTICES

The collaborative initiative Station of Commons finds form in the exhibition ”Digital Commoning Practices” in March 2021 hosted in the artist run gallery Oksasenkatu 11 in Helsinki.

“The exhibition “Digital Commoning Practices” departs from Station of Commons; a practice of re-appropriation of technology as Commons within public space, which stands for radical alternative strategies to the neo-liberal system in terms of digital means of production, communication and distribution. “Digital Commoning Practices” starts with a question: How to think of a collaborative process embedded in technology that can find form into new knowledge and know-hows within, against and beyond capitalist modes of production?

Digital commoning practices” intends to both elaborate a critical discourse on the economization process, and to reflect on digital tools development to resist, and rebel, against privatization of technological means. Activist and architect Stavros Stavrides insists that commoning practices must welcome a multitude of knowledges, discourses, practices and know-hows for the emergence of commoning spaces. The dynamic at work operates as a collective and transformative effort always in the making. The exhibition invites artists, activists, urbanists, publishers, designers, programmers, feminists and educators to open, share their work in an Open Source way of doing and thinking.”

Lectures run this and next week, Thursday to Saturday, 7pm local time, and followed by Q&A.
No registration needed!

 

 

In case the link above does not work, please see the Station of Commons website for updates and try the following link for Room meeting link on Big Blue Button:

https://bbb.constantvzw.org/b/sta-l91-i40-ukv

Click here to watch video/audio (In VLC: File tab => Open Network, then copy paste the address)
Recordings will also be made available later.

 

More information:

First Session: Intersecting Commons

11.03.2021

Activation with Selena Savic in discussion with Station of Commons Juan Gomez&Gregoire Rousseau.

Rethinking the common: Exploring the potentialities of space commoning
by Stavros Stavrides

If commoning is about complex and historically specific processes through which representations, practices and values intersect in circumscribing what is to be shared and how in a specific society, where can we locate the potentialities of space commoning? Based on the view that commoning practices are characterized both by the means they employ and by the subjects that participate in them, this presentation will explore how inhabited space may become a shaping factor of solidarity and collaboration relations between commoners.

12.03.2021

“Unsettling the Universal: Really Useful Commoning”
by Dubravka Sekulic

Feminism, reminds us Lola Olufemi “is a political project of what could be.” Commons can be understood along similar lines. Both have to be understood as verbs, concepts that do, unsettle and transform, ways we are in the world. Thinking at the intersection between digital and urban, in my talk I will propose a reading of the public library as an important node in the feminist and commoning consciousness raising operation.

13.03.2021

Variations of Gender and Technology Trouble
by Cornelia Sollfrank

Technofeminism is based on two basic assumptions: 1) technology is not neutral and 2) technology is a highly gendered field. These presuppositions open up a field of questions, problems and related practices. Based on selected positions in theory and practice, the talk exemplifies some of the tensions and openings from which to rethink ways of encountering the current technopolitical crisis. Commoning here serves as a framework for the process of vision and implementation, of experimentation and evaluation, of responding to the contemporary condition by creating new forms, formats and formations and questioning them again.

Second Session: Commoning Education/Educating the Commons

18.03.2021

“How to infrastructure otherwise”
by Femke Snelting, Jara Rocha & Martino Morandi followed by iQ&A with SoC founders Juan Gomez and Gregoire Rousseau.

A hands-on conversation on the ongoing techno-political transformations in (remote) learning environments. How to infrastructure otherwise in more just and solidary ways? On de-schooling, interdependent learning and The bundle theory of the student-user. With Martino Morandi, Jara Rocha and Femke Snelting.

19.03.2021

“Educating the Commons and Commoning Education”
by Gregoire Rousseau and Nora Sternfeld in dialogue.

All over the world, education – which could be understood as a universal right and public good – is facing processes of economization and privatization. Technology – which could be understood as a common means of production, collaboratively developed – is taken away from the public and put into corporate hands. This conversation investigates the question of shared and common knowledge from the perspectives of an educator and an engineer, respectively.

20.03.2021

“Distributed resources versus distributed tech”
by Marcell Mars

Marcell Mars is a research associate at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb. His research Ruling Class Studies, started at the Jan van Eyck Academy (2011), examines state-of-the-art digital innovation, adaptation, and intelligence created by corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay. He is a doctoral student at Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, writing a thesis on Foreshadowed Libraries. Together with Tomislav Medak he founded Memory of the World/Public Library, for which he develops and maintains software infrastructure.
https://gist.github.com/marcellmars/10392e6e784e8734efa307623833597b

New Media Doctoral Seminar (DOM-L0007) – 18.3.2021

Welcome to the third New Media Doctoral Seminar of 2021! The seminar will be held virtually on Zoom on Thursday 18th March from 16:30 to 19:30 (GMT + 02.00, Helsinki, EEST).

Mediated by Professor Lily Díaz-Kommonen, there will be two extremely interesting presentations with a Q&A discussion taking place afterwards.

Presentations are open for everyone, welcome!

PRESENTATIONS

Weaponized memes in China: Multimodal discourse analysis of the visual rhetorical appeals of Chinese political memes

by Ningfeng Zhang

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Ningfeng Zhang

Abstract:
This study aims to apply multimodal discourse analysis as a theoretical point of entry to define the taxonomy of different rhetorical appeals of political memes in China’s most popular mobile application Wechat. The study views “internet memes” as a form of visual rhetoric, planning to analyze them respectively from representational, compositional, and interpersonal perspectives. The material consists of 357 internet memes posted on Wechat and collected by 10 active Chinese Wechat users in China during July 2019 – January 2021, their referential contents covered a series of social and political events occurring in China, including the Hongkong protest, the outbreak of Covid-19, the Sino-West relationship during the pandemic period and so on.  Multimodal discourse analysis was applied to understand the visual contents, compositional forms, and visual arguments formed communicated via those memes, and ultimately concludes the different visual rhetorical appeals reflected in them. It is both a methodological and theoretical attempt to expand the understanding of the visual rhetorical study and how political memes function in the participatory media culture within a specific social, cultural, and political context.

Ningfeng Zhang is a doctoral candidate currently working as a new media researcher with Prof. Dr. Lily Díaz -Kommonen. His research interest focuses on the social, cultural, and political relevance and the generation mechanism of internet memes in the context of Chinese media environment, exploring the mechanism of how internet memes, as a form of visual rhetoric, a propaganda entity, as well as a facet of citizen journalism, generate, mutate and proliferate in a highly homogeneous media environment.

Intergroup Contact via Telerobtic Puppetry

by Avner Peled

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Avner Peled

Abstract:
Following the premise of Intergroup Contact, established by Gordon Allport in the 1954 publication The Nature of Prejudice, I am investigating forms of communication that can reduce prejudice between groups in conflict and improve intergroup relations. Technological mediation supports contact in violent conflict scenarios where organizing face-to-face contact is challenging, even more so in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online contact forms suffer from a lack of agency, a limited set of nonverbal cues, and an impaired turn-taking flow. Virtual Reality supports user engagement but enforces a mind-body split and a dissociation from terrestrial grounds. I, therefore, propose remote-controlled robots (telerobots) as a way to add corporeal depth to mediated contact, situating a midpoint between online communication and a face-to-face meeting. For this research, the chosen form of implementation for intergroup contact is Telerobtic Puppetry. Puppetry (as well as virtual presence) evokes a hybrid state between object and subject, puppet and puppeteer. A hybrid object absorbs prejudice and problematizes it. Deindividuation of the puppet-avatar turns into a performance of group identities and categorization; a lack of signification opens up a path for self-expression. Design-based research and user surveying are now underway toward a telerobotic, textile-based puppet theater workshop and public performance event that occurs in two locations simultaneously.

Avner Peled is a creative technologist and media artist with a background in computer science, neurobiology, and philosophy. Currently, as Doctoral Researcher at Aalto Media Lab, Avner is exploring the use of telepresence robots as mediators for intergroup contact and conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine. He is also developing 3D web visualizations of big data for the New York Times.

The research is supported by the Kone Foundation.