In March 2017 I participated in The 13th international SIEF congress in Göttingen, Germany. Several parts of the congress were geared towards expressions beyond traditional academic text and talk. This is a promising development. I was part of the audio-visual strand, and had the opportunity to present and discuss my work. Here’s an excerpt from the proposal Three Art Probes for the congress:
The 3 video works Close to Nature, Fieldnotes and Possible Worlds are Art Probes. They combine art and cultural analysis as companion pieces of an evolving set of provisional renditions. The works approach how mediation interplay with imaginaries and how technology is entangled with ways of living.
This presentation is based on the screening of three video works. They have been used within an explorative process, through which art practice has been combined with ethnographic research in order to form an extended open ended exploratory process that goes beyond the scope of specific research projects. Within this process artistic practice is used as art probing, which is intended to have a double function. Firstly, art probes can instil inspiration and possible points of departure for research, and secondly they can be used to communicate and twist scientific concepts and arguments beyond the scopes of academic worlds. According to this point of view artistic and scientific output should be seen as companion pieces of an evolving meshwork of provisional renditions. The three screened works all approach how mediation interplay with imaginaries and how technology is entangled with ways of living. The works are: Close to Nature (2011), Fieldnotes (2013) and Possible Worlds (2014).