PI: Kat Jungnickel
Lecturer, Sociology Department,
33 Laurie Grove
Goldsmiths, University of London.
I am a sociologist, cyclist and maker. I study new and old technologies in urban and rural contexts with a focus on grassroots hands-on DiY and DiT (Do-It-Together) cultures and practices. I am particularly interested in mundane everyday materials and practices; the use of found, purchased and resourcefully adapted materials and improvised methods to re-imagine relationships to technology. This project builds on over a decade of interdisciplinary practice, my PhD (Goldsmiths), Post-doc (UEL) and ongoing engagement in a range of cycling cultures (racing, touring, pennies, commuting).
Since 2003 I have worked in and outside academia as a qualitative researcher (using visual, material and ethnographic methods) on projects that explore and expand conventional object-oriented knowledge and representational practice. I make things to make sense of things – websites, blogs, exhibitions, stop-motion videos, collage, performance, hand-made machines and printed materials such as research ‘zines.
CI: Melissa Gregg
Intel’s Science and Technology Centre for Social Computing (ISTC)
University of California, Irvine, US
I have a background in interdisciplinary methods – gender studies, cultural studies, literary theory and sociology. Much of my writing has experimented with styles of address, pushing the sobriety of scholarly modes to introduce affect and intimacy to empirical discussions. My interest in transmission and creating new publics for research has been enacted for many years on my blog, Home Cooked Theory – a mix of research notes, politics and personal commentary. As a cultural theorist and ethnographer for Intel, my aim is to help shape the conversation between industry, government and academia as collectively we explore the opportunities afforded by social computing. See http://socialcomputing.uci.edu/
RA: Rachel Pimm
Room 7, Laurie Grove
Goldsmiths, University of London
In my practice as an artist and work as a designer, the model home, the replica and ‘naturalness’ in the built environment are my main concerns, in a period where office, retail, domestic and leisure spaces collapse into one another. However, it is the inhabitation of these spaces that is the content of my work and I like to think these spaces form a set, primed for performative occupation. You can read more about my practice here and seemy tumblr page, which acts as a virtual studio wall. This project prompts further thinking about design histories, specifically garment and textiles production and conservation to contextualise the lives, lifestyles, geography and emancipation of women of the late 19th century. What does research look like in films, objects, interactions and many more forms? How do we present historical replicas, and what responsibilities do we have towards accuracy and conservation alongside new technologies? What relationship does this era have to us, our contemporary bodies and mobility, and how we perform ourselves?
Artist and co-Director of Proboscis
Alice is an artist and co-director of Proboscis. Her work includes works on paper video and fine art textiles and fabrics. She is interested in the social, cultural, natural histories and heritage of places, with a particular interest in landscape and environment and often works in collaboration in response to a particular location or question. The work ranges from larger curatorial, collaborative frameworks to individual commissions, participation and research. On ‘Freedom of Movement’ she will be visually representing stories (via drawing and painting) the collaborative process of working with the research group and interpreting their archival findings. This work will then be digitally printed onto fabric to line the new/vintage cycling garments.
Artist and Filmmaker
Britt works in photography, video, film and performance. Her work refers to or often takes the format of the moving image, both in its technical and conceptual form, exploring ideas around language, interpretation and the potential for discrepancies, ruptures, deviations and (mis-) communication. She will be participating in and documenting the interdisciplinary collaborations in the project.
Annette-Carina Van Der Zaag
Sociologist and corseter
After having studied Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, I came to Goldsmiths in 2007 to do my MA in Social Research and eventually my PhD in Sociology, which I completed in 2013. I am interested in the materiality of bodies and specifically how bodies become sexualised. Currently, my academic research focuses specifically on the development of novel biomedical HIV prevention methods, such as vaginal microbicides and PrEP. Alongside my academic practice I design and construct corsetry under the label AnnaKarenina and have done so for the last 10 years. As a corseter I create training corsets for tight-lacers, prosthetic corsets for transgendered clients and costumes for performance artists. Above all I am interested in theorising and constructing the body as both a site of domination as well as its resistance. It is all about the body.
I explore how people interact with – and perceive – the physical and social landscapes around them, often through participatory events and/or the use of physical computing to make interactive objects. Alongside my core practice I’m interested in maker culture and interdisciplinary spaces that foster collaborative serendipity. Through Many & Varied I’m working with other practitioners to investigate what this might mean in practical terms within the current ecosystem in the Midlands. For Freedom of Movement I’ll be developing a ‘Bloomer Ride’ cycle tour taking in key sites around central London relevant to the project.
AND EXTRA VALUABLE GUIDANCE FROM:
Nina Wakeford – Lecturer, Reader, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths
Genevieve Bell – Director of Intel’s Interaction & Experience Research