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Arne Kjell Vikhagen

Digital Representation, Valand Academy

When Art Is Put Into Play: A Practice-based Research Project on Game Art

Dr Jenny Brusk, Senior lecturer, Högskolan I Skövde

Conor McGarrigle
Louise Wolters
Jonas Linderoth

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Fredad 3 november, kl 13:00Aulan, Akademin Valand, Vasagatan 50, Göteborg

Game Art
Computer Games
Video Games and Art
Artistic Research
New Media Art

When Art Is Put Into Play: A Practice-based Research Project on Game Art is a practice-based research project that aims to contribute to the understanding of the relation between play and art from the specific perspective of computer-based Game Art. This is done firstly through the production of nine works of art that through their means of production all relate to Game Art as it has come to be known in the last twenty years or so. Secondly, the relation between games, play and art is discussed from a Game Art perspective. This project as a whole aims to map and exemplify cases where Game Art successfully inherits rule-systems, aesthetics, spatial and temporal aspects from computer games. This work has in turn resulted in a provisional response to the question of the possibility for Game Art to successfully create a state of play, whilst still maintain agency as a work of art. The claim is that the friction between art and play makes it doubtful that art can maintain its agency as art through play. This claim is made as a result of the artistic process leading up to the works of art that were made as a part of the thesis. It has been strengthened through the study of the concept of play and how it relates to artistic practice.


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Lena O Magnusson

Research on Arts Education, CUL, HDK - Högskolan för design och konsthantverk

Treåringar, kameror och förskola - en serie diffraktiva rörelser

Hillevi Lenz Taguchi, Professor and Co-Director of Early Childhood Education Section, Stockholm University

Docent Johannes Lunneblad, Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, Göteborgs universitet.
Professor Anette Göthlund, Institutionen för bild- och slöjdpedagogik, Konstfack.
Fil. Dr. Liselott Mariett Olsson, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Södertörns Högskola

Tid och plats
Fredag 6 oktober 2017 kl. 13.00, HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts, Konstbiblioteket, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

digital camera, young children, pre-school, aesthetics, gaze, photography,
ethics, agential realism, intra-action, diffraction

The aim of this thesis is to examine what happens when three-year-olds are given access to digital cameras, and what shape and form children’s photographic capacity takes within the framework of everyday pre-school activities. The notion that young children in pre-school rarely get to use cameras themselves, and that they take part in photographs produced by pre-school educators as part of an ongoing documenting practice rooted in the curriculum is the point of departure. The study has been conducted through an ethnographic approach further strengthened by post-qualitative thinking, where the research material was produced together with children in two different pre-schools. This material includes the children’s intra-actions with the cameras as well as the photographs that emerge during the course of the study. The thesis moves within a posthumanist theoretical framework, with a special focus on new materialism and agential realism, where humans and non-humans are seen as mutual performative agents. The theoretical perspective permeates the entire study, and does not, therefore, only serve as a support for analyses. Through diffractive readings, the results show that children and cameras approach pre-school and its visual events in a manner that is not recognisable in previous experiences of how pre-school and the life of children have formerly been made visible. In this study, the children use the cameras to create resistances and to look back at the educators, as well as to show what relations come into being with materials, peers, places, spaces and knowledge formation. The children, together with the cameras, also make visible the power of the eye to direct and display, where the cameras also come to be an aesthetic tool with the capacity to both see and make visible in everyday life. This, in turn, also brings to light aspects of ethics and leads to the breaking up of more traditional and normative photographic actions and expressions.

978-91-982423-9-3 (digital version)
978-91-982423-8-6 (tryckt version)

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Bilder: Annica Karlsson Rixon, Akademin Valand, försvarar sin doktorsavhandling i fotografisk gestaltning: 'Queer Community through Photographic Acts. Three Entrances to an Artistic Research Project Approaching LGBTQIA Russia’. Världskulturmuseet i Göteborg. Foto: Hendrik Zeitler.

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