great day

Today was an exciting HUMlab day with a range of really good presentations. In the afternoon Henry Jenkins did a presentation on Participatory Media – at least that was the planned title. It was a brilliant seminar and after the seminar there was a very good debate between Henry Jenkins and Espen Aarseth. We will make material available from the conference later on. The Jenkins seminar is available from here (realmedia stream).

remains of the jokkmokk blog

We just had a showing of different projects in the lab and Jim and I presented the Jokkmokk project. Describing the basic purpose and structure of the blogs, as well as summarizing our experience from the trip in the context of the discussions from this conference brought to light new ideas about certain aspects of the blog. For example,the largest percentage of visitors came from Jokkmokk itself. We were unsure why this was the case, especially considering the international attention the project received before its start. Lena mentioned that she had similar results in the demographics of the blogs she studied. Do readers tend to return to pages where they feel they have a shared experience. Does geographical location enhance this experience?

For more about our results from this project, read the paper that Therese and I presented at Blogtalk 2.0


As you might have noticed there are some glitches with the blog – especially looking at extended/individual entries. We are working on this and hopefully this problem will be fixed very soon.

media attention

The conference got some regional (state) TV attention yesterday. Västerbottensnytt did a feature on the student project presentation (in the lab and in the virtual world) and on the conference as such. The streamed version is available here (click on Måndag 22:15, in Swedish). It gives you a good sense of the student project and I am glad the students are in focus (and that they are given interview time). That is actually one of the issues we discussed yesterday – the crucial role of students in developing the humanities and information technology as an area. Jeffrey Schnapp pointed out that in the humanities students typically get to do original research at a relatively late stage.

soon time for art installation

In October 2004 I was in Stockholm and as I often do, I visited the bookshop Konstig in Kulturhuset. Upon entering the bookshop I heard someone asking about books on borders and boundaries (in English). The staff gave him some help but not a whole lot. I went up to him and told him that we have a group of students working on a project where the theme is “borders and boundaries”. Brendan (which turned to be his name) said that he is a photographer based in Stockholm and England. He got my email and after a week or so he emailed me back. That’s the start.

Now, about two months later, Brendan Austin will do an art installation here in HUMlab (as a part of the conference we run). He will display and talk about three art/photo projects. That’s just great!

Jeffrey Schnapp at HUMlab

Jeffrey Schnapp of the Stanford Humanities Lab has just given a presentation on A Portrait of Homo Velox: Speed, Technology and the Invention of Change. This was the title anyway, the actually content went from an outline of the phenomenology of the conceptualization of ‘Speed’ as being grounded in Baraque theories of wit and not, as is often presented in the industrial histography created around the heavy industries of the 19th century (railways, steam engines, automobiles).
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Lena cont…

As a fellow blog researcher, I found Lena’s talk very interesting. She is examining, among other things, the relationship between the reader and the author, as well as the reader and the site. It was interesting to note the pattern of interactivity between those who have a blog (who prefer the comment function)to those who do not have a blog (and prefer to interact through email). Why? Is it comfort with the medium? The feeling of ‘right’ to speak on a site? The latter was attributed as a reason to post or not to post. Many felt that they did not have the right to post to the blog when they did not have one of their own. More on this here

note on plasma screen

Just for your information: The picture in the previous entry is the last image of that plasma screen – alive that is. It broke down a minute later just like another plasma screen. Both worked this morning when the conference started but both imploded…