Researchers

Anna Dahlgren has written extensively on different aspects of photography and visual culture including the digital turn, print culture, historiography, archives and museum practices. Dahlgren contributes with deep knowledge on the history and theory of photography, combined with historical and critical perspectives on the relations between images and words, archives and image collections and digital image circulation. She has previously published critical perspectives on image collections, digitization and photographic archives and the relations between archival practices and history writing. Furthermore, she has considerable experience from image archives, through previous research projects but also during a five years’ (2006–2011) post-doc position at the archive of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm. Photo: Patrick Miller

Karin Hansson has written extensively on norms and values in ICT supported participatory practices such as crowdsourcing. Hansson contributes with deep knowledge on human computer interactions, participatory practices online and the relations between image and metadata and reliability. Furthermore, she has broad knowledge on how technical platforms steers the production of metadata. Hansson has explored the reasons, processes, power relations, and dynamics within crowdsourcing settings: first, by addressing the problem with digital differentiation, showing how social validation processes and relations can be made transparent in different types of data feeds. Second, by addressing issues of the handling of metadata in tools for crowdsourced data production, providing a framework for describing the socio-technical setting for the production of data, and thereby the detectability of bias patterns in collaborative information production. Furthermore, she has studied the larger ideological setting for collaborative metadata practices and policies, analyzing discourses on participation in research on open government, and the role of the participant in the field of crisis informatics, adding a much needed critical perspective. Photo: Patrick Miller.

Amanda Wasielewski‘s writing and research explores the intersections of artistic practice, new technology, and urbanism. Her doctoral research (Graduate Center, CUNY) traces a pre-history of internet art in the Netherlands as it grew out of artist, hacker, and activist circles within the squatters’ movement in the 1980s. Wasielewski is also the author of Made in Brooklyn: Artists, Hipsters, Makers, Gentrifiers (2018), which looks at how social media and new technology have shaped artist communities in Brooklyn, NY over the past 20 years. She has also held a number of teaching positions: docent in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, teaching courses on social media studies and the impact of the gig economy; adjunct professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture CCNY, teaching modern architectural history; and adjunct professor at Lehman College in New York, teaching the history of modern art in Europe and North America. As a postdoc at Stockholm University, her research focus is on visual cultural heritage and digital interfaces. Photo: Henri Verhoef.

Sonya Petersson’s research centers upon print media and history, word and image interaction, analog as well as digital image reproduction, and art historiography. In her doctoral thesis (2014), she investigated the medial transfers and semantic transformations of the eighteenth-century concept of art through the lens of the Swedish popular press, art exhibitions, and print market, in order to reassess the historiographical issue of the birth and establishment of the autonomous concept of art. More recently, Petersson has conducted the postdoctoral project Graphic Illustration: Picture, Concept, and Combined Mediality from the Point of View of Mechanical Reproduction (2016–19), based at Stockholm University. In this project, she studied how the medium of reproduction, on both semantic and material levels, intersects with image and text in the nineteenth-century illustrated press. Additionally, Petersson has taught art history and visual studies at Stockholm University and Södertörn University, and she is currently project assistant in digital human sciences at Stockholm University.

Vendela Grundell Gachoud’s work as a researcher, teacher and artist focuses on photography with critical perspectives on seeing and being in a digital world. Her doctoral thesis in art history Flow and Friction (2016) investigated how digital interfaces shape spectatorship and how this process is revealed in glitch art online. This investigation of normative and disruptive user positions expands in her postdoctoral project Seeing Differently / Seeing Difference (2018-2020) on photography by people with visual impairments, which demonstrates how ableism affects users. Driven by societal concerns about the integration of technics and aesthetics, she works in international interdisciplinary settings from her base at Stockholm University. In addition to teaching in advanced education, presentations at conferences and workshops, and collaborations with artists and scholars, her work features in circa thirty exhibitions and twenty publications since 1998 – following a transition from dance that informs an in-depth multisensory approach throughout her work.

Collaborating Partners

Uppsala University Library. Karolina Andersdotter arranged two Hackatons for researchers (Jan 2020) while being employed in the project. She combined this task with working with digital tools and management at Uppsala University Library.

National Library of Sweden. Katinka Ahlbom, Head of Manuscripts, Maps and Pictures and Stina Degerstedt, Head of the metadata programme. Currently constributing to a national survey on metadata uses.

Stockholm City Archive. Ann-Sofi Forsmark, Head of Development, Stockholm City Archive and Samuel Branting, Coordinator for Stockholmskällan. Currently constributing to a national survey on metadata uses.