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Creating the city : the right to history and the fictionalizing of data

As digital media increasingly become entangled with urban culture, new cultural practices emerge and affect how we understand and experience contemporary cities. The experience of place alongside digitally mediated content has been a focal point for media artists and researchers working in the field of locative media in the past decade. The term locative media refers to how interactive media is bound to a specific location, or in McCullough’s term how digital media moves into “sites and situations of everyday urban life” ( 2006). This presentation focuses on the ongoing work of the design and artistic research project “City Fables.” We reflect on the role of fiction in participatory engagement and how the remediation of historical events can provide input for public debates that address the relationship of everyday life to larger political and cultural events. In particular, our approach takes seriously the potential of narrativization and possible worlds explorations through methods of, what we in our work have called, “fableing.” In our project, the fableing is performed upon historical material from Malmö 1900-- ‐1925 in order to design a locative media experience, connected to specific sites in Malmö. Historical moments and people have the potential to serve as counterpoint to the stories and realities of contemporary cities, and we work with fictionalizing characters and events as a way of informing public debate. In particular, we stress how constituting publics foregrounds an engagement with authority structures (LeDantec and DiSalvio, 2013). From this perspective official archives can be seen as one such authority structure, providing specific facts and viewpoints. By contrast, remediating and fictionalizing in public settings create an experimental zone, which does not rely on one actor, but rather integrates the translations of a multitude. This in turn highlights knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and agency in a similar way as design labs (Smördahl and Stuedahl, 2015). The presentation will position the project in the context of other similar research projects and raises issues of representation, identity and participation in the context of practical design work as well as the reconceptualization of representational practices. References Le Dantec, Christopher and DiSalvio, Carl, (2013) Infrastructuring and the formation of publics in participatory design, Social Studies of Science 43(2) 241–264 McCullough, Malcolm. (2006). On the Urbanism of Locative Media [Media and the City]. Places, 18(2), 26. Retrieved from: Stuedahl, Dagny and Smördal, Ole (2015), Matters of becoming, experimental zones for making museums public with social media, CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts Volume 11, Issue 3--‐4, 2015
Malmö, 2017

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Creating the city : Identity, memory and participation, Malmö, Sweden (9-10 february 2017)
Creating the city