Category Archives: Blog

How to spend four months in New York City

We arrived in New York in late August, and have now spent three of our four months here. Some reflections thus far: We decided we wanted to stay in Brooklyn. We were more attracted to the idea of finding a place in a more laid back neighbourhood than what you would find on Manhattan. ButRead more…

This is New York City Soul Music

The history of Dean Parrish is almost too Sugar Man-like to be credible: Born Phil Anastasia, in 1964 he changed his name to Dean Parrish and had a moderate career as recording artist, scoring minor hits with songs such as “I’m On My Way”, “Tell Her”, “Determination”, “Skate”, and “Bricks, Broken Bottles and Sticks”. In 1967 ParrishRead more…

It’s America time

I am spending the fall in the United States. Through an invitation from my colleague Anne Balsamo, dean of The School of Media Studies at The New School in New York and author of the great book Designing Culture. The Technological Imagination at Work, I have the opportunity to devote time to write on myRead more…

Media Bangladesh

This summer I spent a couple of weeks in Bangladesh. I went there for personal reasons, but I also gave a talk at ULAB (the University of the Liberal Arts of Bangladesh). The talk was based on our book Collaborative Media, and the audience consisted of teachers and students of ULAB, most of them coming fromRead more…

New review of Collaborative Media

We just received a new review of our book Collaborative Media. It is published in the latest number of Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies. The review, written by Federica Timeto, is very thorough – and positive. Timeto comes from Science & Technology Studies rather than Media Studies or Interaction Design, but she unquestionably readsRead more…

On sports and politics (there’s a World Cup going on)

The world cup in football is now entering its final stages. Like so many others, I follow it with great – and intense – interest. But international sporting events are not unproblematic. In 2009, Sweden played Israel in Davis Cup in Malmö. Due to an Israeli offensive in Gaza only a few months earlier, itRead more…

On Social Design in an Age of Collaborative Media

About a month ago I gave a talk on social design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Now social design is not what I normally do; there are colleagues of mine that are far more experienced and knowledgeable within this area than I am. On the other hand, in our book Collaborative Media we doRead more…

Contract signed with The MIT Press for new book!

Yesterday, in the pleasurable company of Doug Sery, Tor Hellström and Anders Emilsson, I signed a contract for a second book with The MIT Press. The title is Media Interventionism, and in the book I will look into how new actors coming from outside the traditional media system intervene in, and transform, it. I will concentrate onRead more…

On the Road (Again)

In relation to the publication of our book Collaborative Media, I have tried to talk about the book as much as possible in different environments. We had a book launch at Media Evolution City in Malmö. I have held seminars at The New School in New York, at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, at Copenhagen University, andRead more…

Welcome to my blog and my webpage

So welcome to my blog and my webpage! This webpage replaces an old one, which I haven’t updated for many years. I don’t really know why I stopped using that one, more than the fact that a constant need for updating can make a webpage into a burden more than a pleasurable activity. But nowRead more…