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Digital Postcards, Videos, and Books (oh, my)

I’m sharing below a few pics of the story-collection videos, postcards  and digital book now exhibited in Gdansk in the Telling the Baltic Exhibition at the Gdansk Science and Technology Park. They document some of our story-collection methods for the exhibition.

The videos, shown on a large screen on the wall can be accessed by a touch-screen interface, and users who want to watch and listen can choose from the menu. Exhibition designer Marek Zygmunt also created the video display. The display includes a number of video interviews and documentations of the stories collected around the Baltic as part of the exhibit. Included also are videos of our ferry interviews (Stena Line and Aspö), as well as documentation of the (s)AND project. Martin Arvebro, videographer, and I worked together on concepts for these videos, and he has produced some evocative work and excellent documentation of our process.

There is also a digital “book” in the exhibit that users can interact with, and it contains text fragments of Baltic stories collected for the exhibition (transcripts of interviews from Russia, Poland, Germany, and Lithuania), translated in multiple languages, as well as photos and images from our inspirations in Sweden that my collaborators and I have gathered. These include photos from the Blekinge Museum archives, collected by curator Karin Nilsson, with whom I worked to make a selection, and photos taken by myself and Ida Gustavsson for the (s)AND project. Ida’s  images of the landscapes are breathtaking. Many of these images are also included in digital form online on a YouTube channel, as “video postcards” designed by Martin Arvebro from Ida’s images, where viewers can leave comments and tell their stories. We are using them in print form in the museum, on board the Stena Line ferry between Karlskrona and Gdynia, and in the exhibition sites to inspire others to write texts and stories that will be remixed in the (s)AND work and displayed as part of the Digital Performance Festival I am coordinating in late spring or early fall 2013.

An excerpt from my prose-poem “Pangaea Drifting” or “after a period of prolonged suffering, for Gordon” is also included in the book. I have written of the context for this piece in an earlier blog post, and a text excerpt is available there. I am very pleased to see the work in a new context in the gallery space. It made me stop and think of Gordon and our journey together. Drifting is hard.

It was exciting though to watch visitors sit at the display and access the stories, images, and videos and even provide new input by writing on the postcards. Content-gathering. That’s what I’m talkin’ about…

Here is a brief slideshow of media–taken with a rather low-quality camera, but you can still “get the picture” so to speak:

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Performing Exhibitions: dis-playing with art

The upcoming Art Line research seminar I am organizing on Oct 26, 2012 at BTH  promises to be extra-awesome.

There is a great line-up of artists and scholars, and all will come together to demo and reflect on their own work curating, exhibiting, and creating performative media art. I’m very happy to have such an interesting group of creative talent on hand to explore a topic so close to my current research.

Following a talk I will give with my collaborator Daniel Spikol (computer scientist, Malmö Högskola), I will also be demoing a live/mediated performance with Astrid Selling Sjöberg and Kristin Borgehed, incredible folk musicians and scholars from the Folk Practice Academy. Inspired by the (s)AND project, we will use my poetic texts, live music and song,  iPad generated sound-art, video projections and photographs created by my colleagues Martin Arvebro  (videographer) and Ida Gustavsson (photographer) to explore and perform the eco/echo-systems of  Baltic landscapes and the stories they circulate.

Check out the seminar details:

poster image“Performing Exhibitions: Displaying Digital Art and Media” is a seminar exploring exhibition, curation, and performative practices in digital art and mixed media. How does digitally-mediated art engage human actors, embodied agents, and sensory input? What factors influence exhibition and curation choices when displaying innovative art, technology and media forms? How do media artists work to enhance and/or perform liveness and human sensation? What questions do researchers explore when working with the aesthetics of techno-human interfaces? These are the questions we will examine. Featured speakers include an International range of artists, curators, researchers, and scientists working across disciplines and media contexts.

Featured Speakers: Ada Auf Der Strasse (media artist, dancer); Lissa Holloway-Attaway (digital media researcher/mixed media performance); Elektro Moon Vision: Elwira Wojtunik and Popesz Csaba Láng (visual artists/live performance  duo); Susan Kozel (media artist/researcher, dancer); Jacob Lillemose (curator); Jesper Norda, (sound artist); Mateusz Pek, (digital artist); Rebecca Rouse (digital media researcher/theater performance studies); Daniel Spikol (computer science/digital media researcher); Teresa Wennberg (mixed media artist/researcher);

Special Performance: Astrid Selling Sjöberg, Kristin Borgehed (Folk Musicians)

Session Moderators: Maria Engberg, Talan Memmott (Senior Lecturers, BTH, Digital Culture and Communication)

Special Installation: Baltic Agora (Mateusz Pek)

This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Communication at BTH and by Art Line, an EU-funded project exploring art in public, physical and virtual space in the southern Baltic region

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(s)AND and (Re-) Mapping Moby: Video Descriptions

art line logoVideos describing  the “(s)AND” and “(Re-)Mapping Moby” projects, for which I am serving as a project leader, are now currently available online. (See links below.)

Both are collaborative projects that I am developing as part of my research at my home institution, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola,  within the Art Line framework. Collectively, they explore embodied modes of expression operating in performative mixed media practices. I am working together with researchers in the Augmented Environments Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga, USA, in the Computer Science department at Malmo Högskola in Sweden, and with independent artists elsewhere in Sweden and the Baltic region. Constructed with a variety of media types (visual, textual, audio, live performance) these artifacts serve to redistribute and construct material mediascapes and ecosystems that exploit sensory expressiveness in/with the body. They are creative/critical experiments that allow my collaborators and I to develop experiences and interfaces to support mixed-mediated performance:

In the “(s)AND” project, we explore the physical landscape around Nida, Lithuania and the Blekinge region of Sweden and their local histories with a focus on shifting sites of narrative location and mediated story-telling. (Hence the project title which alludes to “sand” as a physical property characterized by it shifting nature, at the border between solid land and liquid water, as well as the additive possibilities (and) that such shifting allows when we imagine its stories: If borders shift, then what, one may ask, is lost or gained as the renegotiation occurs? What are the Baltic stories held within, washed away, and re-deposited in the iconic sANDs and dunes of Nida and the rocky shores, runes, and petroglyphs of Blekinge. And how do they exemplify all stories as historically liquid, immense, secret, and yet, intimate when one participates with them?  The project uses hand-held touch screens to access augmented reality and other media content comprised of photographs, video and audio from (and inspired by) the unique landscape locations. Intended to be exhibited across media platforms  and contexts users will be able to access (to “touch”) the abstract narratives  in an installation setting, as well as via a smart phone “app” and a live/media performance. (View video online for more details.)

In the“(re-)Mapping Moby” project, we explore a classic literary novel (Herman Melville’s 1851 Moby-Dick), in conversation with contemporary digital mapping and mixed reality media technologies. Using the literary text as an inspirational base text, we are  exploring ways to re-map the novel to reveal the liquid borders at the heart of its narrative form. Moby-Dick as the base text for this project is not an arbitrary choice. Melville’s revolutionary Romantic text foregrounds the intimate self-reflexive nature of a sea journey of self-discovery that continually presents its narrative and fictional content—an adventurous quest for an elusive object of desire, the white whale—as  a material metaphor for literary production in an ambiguous (“shifty”) aesthetic tradition driven by innovation and progress. The work on this project involves constructing a digital map interface linked to social networking sites, geo-tagging applications, and corresponding augmented reality tools developed for mobile and desktop web browser experiences. The map will be constructed based on locations and stories identified in the novel, but re-located onto the city spaces of Karlskrona, Sweden, where I now live and work. Users will access the content, inspired by the novel, by performing tasks, creating media content, and walking through the city-spaces of a small naval village in Sweden.  Purposely distant and dis-located from the original text,  the location in Sweden nonetheless draws the user into the narrative through a performative mixed-media experience sustained by the experience we (re-)map. (View video online for more details.)

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