Pea soup and pancakes

Arriving at HUMlab on a Thursday comes with some unexpected advantages. Like pea soup and pancakes at the adjacent restaurant.

My name is Jennie and apart from being fond of pea soup and pancakes I am currently a master when it comes to folding moving cartons. Up until now I worked at Luleå University of Technology, and the Institution of Gender and Technology where I also defended my thesis in the end of 2010. The study Taking place – augmenting space. Spatial diffusion in times of technological change (Olofsson, 2010) engaged with the implementation process of a robotic welding system in the small mining community of Kiruna. The aim was to disclose how the division of labor and spatial diffusions of bodies are altered as a consequence of the arrival of a piece of technological equipment. After finishing my thesis I worked as an on-going evaluator at Filmpool Nord, Sweden’s second largest regional centre for film and television production. Besides, on behalf of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, I pursued ethnographic fieldwork at a fire station in the Northern parts of Sweden. As part of the research group GRO (Gender, Rescue Service and Organization) my intention has been to disclose the profession of a fire fighter from a gender perspective.

Similar to Anna I am part of the new research program Media Places. Drawing on the works of Lev Manovich and Anna McCarthy my research interest lies on screens and more specifically, the material aspects of screens in urban spaces. My line of argument (as it currently stands) is that the optimal distance between the screen and the viewer is the result of social stratifications, national discourses and gendered rituals. Elaborating on what Manovich refers to as the viewing regime, i.e. the relationship between the image and the spectator, I understand the screen as a potential source for audiovisual products. Anticipations of the projected images then, have an immediate impact on the arrangement of and in physical environments.

Currently, and in the aftermath of the conference Critical Making the Internet of Things, I am working on an article about hacked digital road signs (as if the theme on digital road signs weren’t narrow enough!), and how unsanctioned messages on these signs work subversive towards the physical space of roadways. Digital road signs then, facilitate the activities of car drivers, pedestrians and passers-by, but they do so only insofar the disseminated messages are in line with the situatedness of the addressee.

Saying this, I am looking forward to more Thursdays, more discussions and free refill of the pea soup in Corona.

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