HUMlab at Nolia

Last week HUMlab participated in the Nolia trade fair/festival. 130342 people turned up and while most did not visit the university tent there was a great deal of interest in our work.

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We have done this kind of presentation quite a few times but we still learn as we go along. For instance it is very important to face the crowd and if you have a group of people working together there is always a risk of internal communication excluding potential visitors. It is also important to provide som kind of activity – playing computer games and trying digital drawing out for instance.

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Even though these activities (in themselves) do not necessarily give people an understanding of HUMlab they give you oppurtunity to start conversations etc. Next time we will probably try having a bunch of important and provoking questions relating to technology-culture-the humanities posted. Anyway the HUMlab crew did a great job and we also showed some of our “other” skills.

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This is Jim Barrett playing the didgeridoo. He is one of our graduate students. Another one performed on the big Nolia stage with his band the Deportees.

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Peder Stenberg is the lead singer and also a graduate student (working on computer games).

In another place we showed our rock carving project (together with BildMuseet).

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Here people could experience a prehistoric rock carving site (a kind of activity). And while Linda Bergkvist does the drawing herself in this image she also does a great job encouring others to try.

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We will certainly make use of our Nolia experiences next time around. Also I think you need to be relaxed about things. After all most people go to Nolia to buy things and to have a look at tractors, trailers and other equipment.

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