Anyone who has spent time in the lab this semester must have noticed the ongoing reconstruction work. Now we are closed until the beginning of February because of ventilation, light and paint work. When we open again there will be a new part to the lab. The new section is an important part of a major initiative to support research in the humanities and information technology. I am really looking forward in seeing this space populated with furniture, people and technology. It is a vision that we will make come true this coming semester. All the technology will not have been installed when we begin. However, today I ordered the workstation for electronic literature that we have been discussing for some time now. The workstation is a manifestation for an area that we are interested in, but, of course, the technology is only a part of this – the really important part is researchers, students and other interested in the field. Other fields that we have singeled out are digital cultural heritage, digital art, critical perspectives and participatory media. One very obvious part of the initiative are the international research fellows that have chosen to spend a year or two at Umeå University. Their work is well aligned with one or several of these areas.
Next semester will be exciting in many ways, and I am really looking forward to lots of interesting guests, an energetic new combined studio space and some very interesting new projects and initiatives.