INTER-ACT! – Art and activism in social media

Workshop with Nicola Bergström Hansen.

3, 5 and 7 December, 2012, at 10.00-15.00.

For BTH students only.

Marshall McLuhan began his book Understanding Media [Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (New York, 1964)] with the statement that every media always contains a different media. Although the book was written in the 60′s, it is more relevant than ever in todays society. The digital world, with its abundance of information, has created a copy-paste culture where everything is reusable. Mash-ups, cut-ups, edits and remixes are just some examples which highlight the ‘paraphrase condition’ manifested in todays society.

The purpose of this workshop is to go one step further. Instead of creating new contexts and meanings by sampling two different materials we will be using the same material to create something new. The only ingredient required for this is the popular and somewhat worn out concept of interactivity. We start with the record player (changing the pitch or playing a record backwards can change a gospel recording to a Satanic manifesto) and land in today’s advanced computer games. We will look closer at concepts like ‘counter gaming’ and ‘culture jamming’ in which digital software in the public space are used (or abused) to create social and political awareness.

The purpose of the workshop is to get students to analyze a digital social media platform in the public space (an app, a community, a game, etc.) and then use its interactivity to comment upon, develop or criticize the platform in itself or its context.

The idea is that students are free in their choice and that the results will vary from the performative and practical to the theoretical and visionary.

Nicola Bergström Hansen has a BFA from The School of Photography in Gothenburg and a MFA from Konstfack. She has also studied at Hyper Island in Karlskrona.

Her work has been exhibited in Rotterdam, Athens and Cologne as well as in Sweden. In 2012 she participated in the Art Line exhibition Space Matters with her video Over the Rainbow. The exhibition was presented in yellow containers located around Karlskrona city centre.

The workshop is a part of Space Matters, a project for Karlskrona konsthall within the Art Line project.

Contact: Lissa Holloway-Attaway,



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