On the Creation and Maintenance of a Shadow Archive open workshop

A practical workshop providing an ethnographic overview of shadow archive functioning: the creation, deployment, curation, up-keep, as well as the maintenance of the overall operational security thereof. Special attention will be paid to the expropriation of militarized intelligence gathering strategies, now recontextualized in the service of the shadow archive. Continue reading

Ethics Seminar

This is an open invitation to attend the second annual Ethics Seminar hosted by the Living Archives project, 21 March 13-15:00 in the Open Studio (NI:C0541), School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University.  This year we will expand our discussion of contemporary ethical challenges in research by considering: “Unheard Voices: Research ethics when … Continue reading

“Co-designing newcomers archives: discussing ethical challenges when establishing collaboration with vulnerable user groups” paper presented at Cumulus 2016

Elisabet M. Nilsson and Jody Barton presented the paper: “Co-designing newcomers archives: discussing ethical challenges when establishing collaboration with vulnerable user groups” at the conference Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 Open Design for E-very-thing– exploring new design purposes. ABSTRACT – Living Archives is a research project exploring the roles of archives in a … Continue reading

“Prototyping collaborative (co-)archiving practices” paper presented at VSMM 2016

Last week Elisabet M. Nilsson presented the paper ”Prototyping collaborative (co-)archiving practices – From archival appraisal to co-archival facilitation” at The International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM), Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ABSTRACT – This paper presents a series of prototyped collaborative (co-)archiving practices developed within the interdisciplinary research … Continue reading

Document Decontamination: Mitigating Malice in the Archive open workshop

Document Decontamination: Mitigating Malice in the Archive open workshop. When? Friday, September 23 2016, 13.15-14.00 Where? The communal 5th floor study space in Niagara (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö). What? An all-too-often overlooked threat to the archive is that of content watermarking–an injection of covert and/or overt unique fingerprints or serial numbers … Continue reading

The Virtual Reality Hype. Medea Vox with Susan Kozel, Maria Engberg and Jay David Bolter

Virtual reality is celebrated as the ultimate medium for storytelling. Some even say that virtual reality can make you feel empathy in ways that no other media could. Should we believe the hype? This is Medea Vox podcast featuring researchers from Living Archives project, Susan Kozel (professor of new media) … Continue reading

On Lifelogging and the Quantified Self: A Medea Vox podcast with Jacek Smolicki

We’ve all heard about the Fitbits, GoPros, sleep apps and other digital trackers that create data points out of our everyday activities. But how did people self-archive before the digital? What does the era of digital storage do to our concepts of identity and self-representation? This Medea Vox podcast on … Continue reading

Troublesome Pictures Seminar 02 June – Video documentation

Event: Troublesome Pictures: Representing the Colonial Past Location: Gentofte Hovedbibliotek, Copenhagen Date: 02 June 2016 Paper title: How Images Speak: National Museum artefact DVI6030, and its affects “Images depicting former colonies have shaped and continue to inform interpretations of the past. Libraries, museums, archives all collect images, but also communicate them … Continue reading

On Museums and Nationalism: A Medea Vox Podcast with Peggy Levitt

Modern migration and globalization issues are forcing museums around the world to think about their role in society. For example, how open are museums really? Can they balance the pressures of nationalism and multiculturalism? What kinds of citizens are they trying to create? This Medea Vox podcast on Museums and … Continue reading

Living Archives @ Curatorial Challenges Conference, 26-27 May 2016

Event: Curatorial Challenges International Conference Location: University of Copenhagen Date: 26-27 May 2016 Paper title: Living Archives: Artistic research approaches to mixed-reality curating Temi Odumosu, Maria Engberg and Susan Kozel will be presenting some of Living Archives approaches to mixed reality curating, at the Curatorial Challenges conference, organised by the … Continue reading

Newcomer archives – Prototyping urban co-archiving practices for capturing and sharing Malmö

In collaboration with The Malmö City Archives, Living Archives have initiated a project aiming at exploring and prototyping collaborative(co)-archiving practices inviting young newcomers to generate archive material to the official city archives.  The basic idea is to prototype alternative archiving practices for involving more people in documenting the here-and-now of … Continue reading

‘Performing Encryption and Affect in the context of archiving and surveillance’ at Open! Amsterdam, April 22

Susan Kozel will give a talk entitled ‘Performing Encryption and Affect in the context of archiving and surveillance’ at the event called Open! (in Amsterdam) on 22 April. Open! is a public discussion and research meeting about mapping technologies and embodiment in the emergent techno-sensuous spatial order of Affect Space. … Continue reading

Affect, ambiguity and encryption – Seminar by Susan Kozel at Stockholm UniArts, April 20

In this talk, Susan Kozel will trace an artistic research path through a large interdisciplinary research project called Living Archives with particular emphasis on the performance of affect using mobile technologies in conjunction with movement improvisation This seminar is part of a series aimed for the research community at Stockholm … Continue reading

RADiCAL.PiRATiCAL: (a really) Open Call for Workshops

RADiCAL.PiRATiCAL: (a really) Open Call for Workshops What is This? Focusing on an exploration of various modes of non-legalist archival practices–non-legalist archives being those archives which are created without corporate or state interference, but are horizontally-curated, communal collections–RADiCAL.PiRATiCAL will aim to explore questions along the lines of how are independent archives … Continue reading

Security Considerations for Image Archival open workshop

Security Considerations for Image Archival open workshop. When? Tuesday, April 5 2016, 13.15-15.00 Where? The communal 5th floor study space in Niagara (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö). What? What security issues may one want to consider when images are involved in one’s research? This workshop will explore potential steps which can be … Continue reading

The “Eat a Memory” event in Rochester spawned a new project – “Food: A Celebration of Diversity”

In March, 2015 Living Archives went to Rochester, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for a research visit hosted by Ann Howard and Jane Amstey, research staff at RIT’s University/Community Partnerships. Besides developing our collaboration, the aim was to learn more about recent urban development processes of Rochester and the work conducted by … Continue reading

Archival Re-enactments Symposium 22-23 March 2016

Archival Re-enactments Symposium 22-23 March 2016 @ Inter Arts Centre, Malmö (http://www.iac.lu.se/) This is an open invitation to attend a PERFORMANCE RESEARCH EVENT addressing archiving and memory, featuring work by Sasha Huber, Joan Laage, Luanda Carneiro Jacoel, and Lise Aagard Knudsen & Karen Eide Bøen. We will continue a dialogue initiated … Continue reading

Vaulting the Archive//Destroying the Archive open workshops

Vaulting the Archive//Destroying the Archive twin open workshops. When? Thursday, March 10 2016, 10.00-12.00 Where? The communal 5th floor study space in Niagara (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö). What? Data handling dilemmas plague, or should plague, research today: how can one strive to keep one’s research data (and therefore oneself and one’s … Continue reading

Facilitating Knowledge Sharing open workshop

Facilitating Knowledge Sharing open workshop. When? Thursday, February 18th 2016, 13.30-15.30 Where? The communal 5th floor study space in Niagara (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö). What? Dear colleagues and comrades, have you ever needed, say, a journal article or a book for your research, but couldn’t readily procure access to it? Then you … Continue reading

Open Seminar on Developing a Hacker Methodology: Praxes of Data Liberation as Archival Preservation

Nikita Mazurov, Postdoc at Living Archives: Developing a Hacker Methodology: Praxes of Data Liberation as Archival Preservation Time: 15:15–17:00 Place: Niagara C0826, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö What could a hacker methodology look like? This talk will present the theoretical underpinnings and praxes-laden enactments of one such potentiality. Drawing upon a hybrid enmeshment of posthumanist … Continue reading

Re-enactments: Archival traces from the 24-hour performance at the AHA festival

On November 3, members of the Living Archives research project took part in the art and science festival AHA in Göteborg. The goal of this annual initiative is to investigate the borders between art and science through workshops, panel discussions, presentations and experiments. The poetics of numbers was this year’s … Continue reading

“Re-enactments – Archival Performances” (a 24 hour research performance event)

“Re-enactments – Archival Performances” transposes the familiar poetic conundrum of how to separate the dancer from the dance: what if we choose not to separate the archive from its re-enactment? In collaboration with the AHA festival (Chalmers University, 2–4 November, 2015), the Living Archives group invites you to join the 24 … Continue reading

Women Making History Newsletter No. 1, 2015

The 100 Years of Immigrant Women’s Life and Work in Malmö bilingual newsletter No. 1 (2015) – made by the Women 100 project, Living Archives and ABF – is now out. It can be downloaded below and at the Women Making History website. Text: Erling Björgvinsson The newsletter reports on the inauguration of … Continue reading

“Personal Recording and Archiving Practices” – Paper presented at ISEA

In August, PhD student Jacek Smolicki presented the paper “De-totalizing Capture: On Personal Recording and Archiving Practices” at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Here’s the abstract. ABSTRACT – Today’s media-scape presents recording and archiving as one of the major media practices performed by an increasingly growing number of people. Practically … Continue reading

From Soil to Structure, June 4-5 2015

This is an open invitation to attend a two-day program of cultural activities and discussions around soil and urban memories. Artists, urban gardeners, residents and researchers will meet to experience, discuss as well as taste a specific moment in history. Participants are among others: Alessandro Carboni, Anna Maria Orrú, Elin Wikström, Gunnel Petterson, … Continue reading

Workshop: Em:toolkit – Tools for urban mapping and performance practices

NB! Postponed until September, 2015! Interdisciplinary workshop with artist/researcher Alessandro Carboni, 9­–11 June 2015 (2–6 PM at K3). Participants should preferably be able to take part all three days. The aim of the workshop is to explore the city of Malmö with alternative performative practices of urban mapping. The performative character of the … Continue reading

Always Becoming: Malmö – Alessandro Carboni visiting artist

Alessandro Carboni is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects explore the relationships between body and space. From May to September, Carboni will explore the city of Malmö through performative practices of urban mapping. Always Becoming #Malmo – Tools for urban mapping and performance practice Text: Alessandro Carboni, artist-in-residence in the Living … Continue reading

Soil Memories workshop på Framtidsveckan, 5 maj 2015

Inbjudan till SOIL MEMORIES workshop – del av Makroskopets program under Framtidsveckan i Sofielund, Malmö Urban Archiving är del av ett större forskningsprojekt på K3/Malmö högskola som heter Living Archives som bl.a. undersöker hur arkiv kan användas som en resurs för social förändring där användare ges möjligheten att tillsammans skapa bilden av vår gemensamma … Continue reading

Stories of the past shape the future – new book

Memory on Trial: Media, Citizenship and Social Justice is a new book about how we use stories of the past to shape the future. Governments, NGOs, major archives and monument builders – they are all constantly engaged in activities of retrospection, imagination and reinterpretation. They try to mediate and give authority to particular stories, while others are suppressed. Continue reading

Eat a Memory #2

Eat a Memory is a series of activities exploring food and meals as performed memories, and cooking as preserving family and community history. The Eat a Memory #2 was organised in collaboration with Marketview Heights Collective Action Project in Rochester (USA), and researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Residents in … Continue reading

Eat a Memory #1

A series of experiments exploring food and meals as performed memories, and cooking as archival practice. The first Eat a Memory gathering took place in the end of November 2014. At the dinner, memories were performed, shared, collected, and in the following shared again. The invitation Tonight’s theme: Your grandparents’ gardens Bring … Continue reading

Open Data and Digital Archives in the Urban Gardening Context

Protoyping

In collaboration with master’s students at the Media Software Design programme, researchers in the Living Archives project initiated an exploratory study aiming at supporting urban gardening practices through digital technologies. The study resulted in two prototypes: the Sensor Stick generating data on moisture levels at various soil depths, and the … Continue reading

The Sounds of Slussen

Slussen is a multi-faceted architectural structure in central Stockholm that has functioned as a lock controlling the water level between the lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. Slussen is also an important communication hub, hosting an underground station and a bus terminal, and it accomodates local businesses and various forms … Continue reading

Paper on ‘Affective and Rhythmic Engagement with Archival Material’ presented at NODEM 2014

This is the abstract of a paper presented at the NODEM 2014 conference “Engaging Spaces – Interpretation, Design and Digital Strategies”, December 1-3, 2014. Affective and Rhythmic Engagement with Archival Material: Experiments with Augmented Reality Authors: Susan Kozel, Jacek Smolicki and Daniel Spikol Digital content in Augmented Reality platforms tends … Continue reading

Learning Site: Farming, Historical Time, and Spatiality

On Wednesday, Nov 26, people from the Learning Site will talk about their perspectives of farming, historical time, and spatiality. What: Greenhouse Artist Talks When: Wednesday, November 26, at 17-19 Where: Växthuset, Slottsträdgårdens kafé (map) Whom: Everyone, open to the public, but please sign up here! The Learning Site focuses on … Continue reading

Gardening as a method in the process of production of space

On Wednesday, Nov 12, Apolonija Šušteršič will talk about gardening as a method in the process of production of space. Update: This talk is now posted on YouTube, and embedded below. What: Greenhouse Artist Talks When: Wednesday, November 12, at 17-19 Where: Växthuset, Slottsträdgårdens kafé (map) Whom: everyone, open to the public, but … Continue reading

Organoleptic Interfaces: infectious gardens and digital starvation

On Thursday, Nov 13, Anna Maria Orru explores the role of artistic research to ‘unearth’ transformed behavior when it comes to food and growing practices. Update: This talk is now posted on YouTube, and embedded below. What: Greenhouse Artist Talks When: Thursday, Nov 13, at 17-19. Where: Växthuset, Slottsträdgårdens kafé (map) Whom: everyone, … Continue reading

Sunshine Socialist Cinema – Greenhouse Artist Talk on Oct 22

On Wednesday, October 22, Kalle Brolin and Kristina Müntzing from Sunshine Socialist Cinema will screen films and talk about how films can generate discussions on radical topics. The lecture is open to the public and is part of the Greenhouse Artist Talks lecture series, where artists are invited to present work … Continue reading

Levande minnen: summary from seminar Sep 23

On September 23, Ozma and Living Archives organized a seminar for the Living Memories (Levande minnen) project at Medea, Malmö University. Attending were researchers from Living Archives, archivists from three Nordic Folklore archives (Folklivsarkivet i Lund, Norsk Folkemuseum and Dansk Folkemindesamling), representatives from the department of Cultural Sciences at Lund University, … Continue reading

Maria Engberg: Using augmentation technologies to mediate stories

How may augmentation technologies be used to mediate ‘stories’ based on archival material? And how do you design for it? These are a few of the questions that Maria Engberg, assistant professor in media technology at Malmö University, will explore in the Living Archives research project. For a brief introduction … Continue reading

Seminar invitation: Living Memories (Levande Minnen)

The Nordic folklore archives (folklivsarkiven) gather stories from people’s lives in the Nordic countries. A major challenge that these archives face today is how to make the archives more accessible and how to renew the collecting methods so that a bigger and more geographically and socially diverse group of contributors … Continue reading

Rethinking the Index and Designing Commons at DRS 2014

Researchers from the Living Archives project will join panels and host workshops at the Design Research Society’s 2014 conference, Umeå, Sweden. On June 15, Erling Björgvinsson co-hosts the workshop Designing Commons – Commons for Design, which aims to explore what professional designers and researchers, who operate in commons-like frameworks and aim to … Continue reading

Approaching Urban Gardening/Farming: Initiatives by Citizens, Municipalities, and Governments

Urban Gardening is one of the themes that researchers in the Living Archives project are working with. The aim is to explore how cultural-heritage archive material, and open-data sets, can be social resources that support and stimulate urban gardening practices, and contribute to social change and sustainable urban development. This … Continue reading

Somatic Archiving and Spatio-material Politics of Non-institutional Memory

In early June, researchers from the Living Archives gave presentations at the conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Popular Culture, organized by Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Under the conference theme ‘Archives of Memory’, Susan Kozel gave a presentation entitled Somatic Archiving (see abstract below). Under the theme ‘Materializing the … Continue reading

Performing Archives: Artistic research, archives and augmented reality

Performing Archives was one week workshop, from the 28th of April to the 2nd of Maj 2014, hosted by the Living Archives in collaboration with the DAMA network. Performing Archives explored the notion of ethereal media in the context of augmented performances. Throughout the week, themes and concepts emerged around what it means to search for the perfect moment and how augmented reality can transform social performative settings.

Artistic Research in dance and augmented reality

The DAMA network is connecting students and teachers in dance and various disciplines of design and new media, from the Nordic and Baltic countries, in order to meet and do interdisciplinary practice-based artistic research together. Performing Archives is part of performance strand of Living Archives and a continuation of the AffeXity project. In Performing Archives, researchers and students worked together in a series of talks and workshops with the notion of cultural and personal archives. In addition, this was explored in conjunction with mobile augmented reality and social media applications as tools for content creation, prototyping and archiving. Continue reading

Your Story Belongs to the Story of the City: Mediating Immigration Memories

In May, Living Archives’ researcher Anders Høg Hansen gave a presentation at The Cultural Politics of Memory conference hosted by the University of Cardiff, this for the session Migration and Displacement. Høg Hansen’s presentation, Your Story Belongs to the Story of the City: Mediating Immigration Memories, addresses cases of storytelling related to immigration, and … Continue reading

Presentationer från Länkade data i Sverige 2014

För tredje året i rad arrangerades en träff om länkade data med syfte att skapa en mötesplats för personer från industri, myndigheter och akademi att diskutera och utbyta erfarenheter. Värd i år var Medea, Malmö högskola, och forskningsprojektet Living Archives. Talare var, bland andra, Niklas Lundström från Kungliga biblioteket som … Continue reading

Using Augmented Reality, Artistic Research, and Mobile Phones to Explore Practice-based Learning

Living Archives affiliate Daniel Spikol presented a paper at Ideas in Mobile Learning 2014, an event that brought together practitioners, industry players, and researchers to exchange visions of how to use mobile technology to change the way we teach and learn. The paper Using Augmented Reality, Artistic Research, and Mobile … Continue reading