From April first 2020 Vague Research Studios will run a new project funded by Kulturbryggan. It will result in a series of experimental short films thematically focused on fictive rituals, that utilize environmentally conscious uses of technology. The films provide concrete examples of sustainable choices in the imaginative and ritualistic artistic process and in alternative technological production. The result will be presented during the second half of 2021.
It is a collaboration with photographer and experimental filmmaker Maria Magnusson, musician and sound artist Natalia Kamia and Senior Library Specialist Robin Wheelwright Ness that works on linking the past to the present through public history projects, digital storytelling, curatorial and creative practice.
We seek to find connections between the analogue and the digital. Our bodies and selves become the link that connects the both. Past memories of spending time in the woods listening to trains passing in a distance. Recent and future bodies with traces of screen time, scattered minds and constant connectivity. Technology is culture, energy is the phenomena at stake; electrical energy, body energy, movement energy, any energy. A Vague event was set up by an abandoned railway track somewhere deep into the Swedish forest.
Vague Research Studios have expanded, this field trip included Maria Magnusson and Natalia Kamia. Natalia was represented with her music.
Exploring collaborations together with the artist and musician Natalia Kamia and artist and film maker Maria Magnusson. Sharing, making and listening to material sound, material film and vague experiments. Discussing non-linear time, silence, cats and Los Angeles.
Vague Research Studios workshop at Industrial Design Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. Part of the on-going Vinnova funded research project “New human-machine interfaces for diversity and inclusion”. Including the universities and institutions: Department of Textile Technology at Swedish School of Textiles, Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology and HDK Academy of Design and Craft at University of Gothenburg.
VRS presented at the InSEA CONGRESS 2018 – Scientific and Social Interventions in Art Education, 18-21 June at Aalto University with the paper “The outdoors as a common site of experience and collaboration in Art and Technology Education – A workshop model”. In the presentation we showed how an outdoor pedagogy, vague art and vague technology creates different material and discursive experiences. Using outdoor as a context, we explored and visualized posthumanist ideas of undetermined, mutual and vague relations.
In January 24-25 Vague Research studios had a workshop on intra-action vs interaction together with Professor Maria Udén (Luleå Technical University) and freelance researcher Ida Jansson. Intra-action and interaction were explored through earlier experiences in sound and electrical power.