Our research is partly interdisciplinary, since it may combine artifact and design science with subjects from social sciences and humanities. Media technology is taught on undergraduate and graduate level. The subject has four major directions of research:
media, technology and society.
Examples of current research themes are data journalism, e-democracy, sustainability, the maker movement, norm critical design and competitive intelligence.
Location sharing in mobile technologies with Louise Barkhuus from The IT University of Copenhagen
Wednesday 22 february 1 pm – 3 pm
Welcome to MD338
The door is locked, please contact Maria Normark in advance if you wish to participate
Fika is served
The seminar will be held in English
An important aspect of mobile technologies is the sensor information available, particularly location information. In this talk I present issues around location sharing, in particularly in relation to the study of a continuous location-sharing application, used over a period of a month within groups of 4-5 people, which provided detailed awareness between group members. Reporting on issues such as the service’s facility for micro-coordination and enabler of ad-hoc social engagements, I present the distinct ways in which the service was incorporated into participants’ daily lives. The findings highlight how people’s understanding of location- tracking technologies is transitional and how it includes a constant re-negotiation of appropriate services and applications for everyday social management. One conclusion was that map-based continuous location sharing has significant utility among tight- knit dyads, however, less usable between loser-knit relations. The study illustrates my broader research agenda into location-aware technologies.
Bio: Louise Barkhuus is an associate professor at the IT University in Copenhagen where she researches location-based technology-mediated experiences. http://www.barkhu.us/
Using social media and norm-breaking material as an empirical touchstone this thesis elaborates, investigates and explores the entangled relationships between humans and technology in social media settings. Guided by uncomfortable, emotional and bodily online sharing the thesis gives voice to stories that are seldom heard, by people whose lives are rarely spoken of. By exploring the performative entanglements of/with/through technology, design and human intent the overall aim is to offer a critical and new understanding of our online togetherness and posthuman becoming.
The conceptual framework throughout the thesis is based on posthuman theory and feminist technoscience, two closely connected theories providing a new onto-epistemological wayof understanding the world’s becoming. The thesis should be seen as the product of an empirical practice of making theory about digital things,culture, humans and non-humans. By exploring diffraction and touch as not only theoretical standpoints but also hands-on methodology the thesis contributes to the development of new ways of doing research.
Tid och plats
Onsdag 25 januari kl. 13:00-15:00
MD 338, på plan 3 i D-flygeln, låst korridor, föranmäl gärna till Maria Normark
Arrangeras av: Medietekniken vid Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Södertörns högskola
Designing for Online Youth Counselling: Empowerment through Design and Participation.
Sofia Lundmark som först studerat hos oss och sedan varit adjunkt i många år och just nu är programansvarig för IT, medier & Design, disputerar den 2 december 2016. Hennes avhandling heter Designing for Online Youth Counselling: Empowerment through Design and Participation.
Disputationen sker i Uppsala, fredag 2 december kl 13.15 vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier.
Jon Back, Uppsala universitet, presenterar sin nyutkomna avhandling: Designing Public Play – Playful Engagement, Constructed Activity, and Player Experience
Var och när?
Onsdag 2/11 kl 13.00
Plats: MD338, plan 3, D-flygeln, Södertörns högskola, Flemingsberg Kom i tid för att vara säker på att komma in (korridoren är låst)
The thesis leads up to three concepts, or design tools, that will be presented. They address 1) a structure for understanding a design from construct, through activity, to experience; 2) an approach to designing invitations to play; and 3) a structure for how to design when players do not engage in the way intended.
Jon Back is a play and games designer, and design-oriented researcher, with a focus on how to create engagement, feelings and experiences in public settings. He’s been working mainly in expanded game formats where the game reaches out of the computer and into the everyday world. He is highly inspired not only by classic game design, but also by areas such as live action role-play, child’s play, storytelling, and street performance.
På onsdag kommer vi att ha en diskussion kring temat designpedagogik. Samtalet kommer att ledas av Sofia Lundmark, Södertörns högskola och doktorand vid Uppsala universitet och följande artikel utgör underlag.
Jeffrey Bardzell. 2011. Interaction criticism: An introduction to the practice. Interacting with Computers 23, 6 (November 2011), 604-621.
Abstract: Though interaction designers critique interfaces as a regular part of their research and practice, the field of HCI lacks a proper discipline of interaction criticism. By interaction criticism I mean rigorous interpretive interrogations of the complex relationships between (a) the interface, including its material and perceptual qualities as well as its broader situatedness in visual languages and culture and (b) the user experience, including the meanings, behaviors, perceptions, affects, insights, and social sensibilities that arise in the context of interaction and its outcomes. Interaction criticism is a knowledge practice that enables design practitioners to engage with the aesthetics of interaction, helping practitioners cultivate more sensitive and insightful critical reactions to designs and exemplars. Benefits of such an engagement can include informing a particular design process, critiquing and innovating on design processes and methods more generally, developing original theory beneficial to interaction design, and exposing more robustly the long-term and even unintended consequences of designs. In this article I offer a synthesis of practices of criticism derived from analytic philosophy of aesthetics and critical theory, including the introduction of five core claims from this literature; I outline four perspectives that constitute a big-picture view of interaction criticism; and I offer a case study, demonstrating interaction criticism through each of these four perspectives.
Evan Conaway, PhD Student Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Servers are the backbone of networked digital infrastructure, yet these devices remain largely hidden from our everyday experience. As the public becomes more aware of servers, especially given the media-storm over governmental private servers in the US, it is important that we better understand what they do, how they are used, and the roles that servers play in mediating various kinds of social relationships. Because servers are often stored in remote and secure locations, studying them poses a unique challenge. For this reason, I turn to online game worlds, in which servers play an integral and rather transparent role in the creation of spaces, publics, and communities. This project thus offers an anthropology of servers in virtual worlds, asking how players and engineers alike construct, navigate, and contest boundaries of identity and difference, and generate novel social relations and values by mobilizing the particular world-making affordances of servers.
Interactive performances as a means of social dialogue
Chiara Rossitto, Stockholm University
Digital technologies provide theater with new possibilities for combining traditional stage-based performances with interactive artifacts, for streaming remote parallel performances and for other device facilitated audience interaction. Compared to traditional theater, mixed-media performances require a different type of engagement both from the actors and the audience members. In this talk, I will draw on past and current work to discuss different qualities of audience participation in interactive performances, and the challenges actors’ experience when rehearsing for interacting performances. The work relevance lies in: i) the opportunity to explore interactive performances as means of social dialogue and civic participation; ii) the challenges emerging when technology is designed to convey felt-experiences and not merely to meet functional requirements.
Makers Materials – Creative Explorations Beyond Given Conditions?
Mikael Wiberg, Umeå
In this seminar I will take a point of departure in the current maker movement in HCI. However, and beyond Schön´s conceptualization on making or “craft” as a “conversation with materials” where the “materials at hand talk back to the designer” I will suggest that 3D-printing introduces additional processes of creative making – prior to having any “materials at hand”. With a practical design project as our empirical case I illustrate how this plays out in practice, and I discuss how there might actuallly be several processes of creative making linked closely together, across different manifestations of ideas, and even across different stages of the project. I discuss the theoretical implications of this in relation to design theory, in particular in relation to how we describe the process of creative making and in relation to the notion of design as “form-giving”.