Mon 30 Nov 2020

Speculative Worlds

Online 17:00-18:30 CET


Ewa EinhornGarðar EyjólfssonJeuno JE KimElena Raviola

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Zoom link for event: https://gu-se.zoom.us/j/4306385293

Link to play the game Krabstadt: Arrabbiata Wants A Raise: https://monkeymachine.itch.io/krabstadt

To celebrate the launch of the PARSE journal, issue #12: Human, the editors have invited Garðar Eyjólfsson and Jeuno JE Kim+ Ewa Einhorn to broadcast, share and discuss ideas relating to their practices.

Eyjólfsson’s current speculative design fiction project: Barbara: A Tale of Transformation, explores a possible future where our current notion of the human is somewhat altered. We are introduced to a hirsute fantasy, born from a contemporary culture and climate in crisis. Eyjólfsson invites us to experience this future world in this presentation.

Krabstadt is a fictional universe created by Ewa Einhorn & Jeuno JE Kim and is a long-term project which exams Nordic political and cultural history and image-building.  Using animation forms, the project grasps at current topics of migration, unemployment, gender and feminism. Krabstadt is a fictional frontier town located in the arctic area where all the Nordic countries send their unwanteds.

At the launch Einhorn & Kim will present a computer game Krabstadt: Arrabbiata Wants A Raise where the potential of animation as a tool for critique and satire, and rights of nature are deployed.  We will also try to play the game together via voting on zoom.

The discussion will be moderated by Elena Raviola, Professor of Design at HDK-Valand.

To view and participate

All welcome to join the discussion which will be streamed live. Please visit https://openwindow.se/ for more details and zoom link.


Ewa Einhorn

Ewa Einhorn is a visual artist and filmmaker working with animation, satirical drawing and documentary formats. She currently teaches at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University (SE). Influenced by popular culture, her work seeks to unhinge everyday assumptions by misusing language and images. Together with Jeuno JE Kim she has developed the transmedia project „Krabstadt“, which uses comedy and research to dissect the relations between political rhetoric and nations as brands in the Nordic context.


Garðar Eyjólfsson

Garðar Eyjólfsson holds an B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. He mixes contextual, critical and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. Utilizing a variety of mediums to manifest his voice, ranging from; artefacts, scenography, curation, fiction, video, performance, dialog and writing.

Garðar is the program director of MA Design Explorations & Translations program at the Iceland University of the Arts. Balancing academia with studio practices his work ranges from developing his own projects, curating exhibitions, advising in the public and private sector, project managing and conducting workshops. Garðar also writes in various publications and gives public talks across platforms, often in the form of lectures and dialog in conferences, symposium and radio.


Jeuno JE Kim

Jeuno JE Kim is an artist with a background in feminist theology, music, and radio. Kim’s artistic practice and research focus on sound, performance, video, and text. Her peripatetic interest has an interdisciplinary framework, mixing disparate methods and cultural canons. Her work is influenced by the ongoing modernization in Korea and the Pacific East region, and the urgency of the political, sociological, and cultural issues that permeate this reality such as nationalism, identity construction, and historical narration.


Elena Raviola

My main research interest lies in understanding the role of technology and other material artifacts in organizing and managing professional work, especially in cultural and creative fields. I am more specifically interested in how professional norms, rules, structures and ideas are enacted, changed and maintained, in practice and how technology intervenes in these professional practices, transforming over time what is considered professional. Theoretically, I have mainly worked between institutional theory and actor-network theory.

My main field of investigation has been news production. I have conducted a number of ethnographic studies in Italy, France and Sweden in established and new news organizations, all struggling with the establishment and development of so-called digital journalism. Most recently, I have been following two relatively new trends in journalism, namely entrepreneurial journalism and robotjournalism. Both enabled by digital technologies, they have been different responses to the so-much-debated crisis of journalism and news organizations.

I am also interested in the meeting between the arts and business both in academic and industrial practices. I have done research on artistic interventions, that is the use of art in business and other organizations. I have a deep interest for developing qualitative studies and academic writing and in particular by looking at art practices, such as choreography.

I have studied and worked internationally in different countries. I have been visiting researcher at Stanford, Bocconi University and Sciences Po. I have also worked at Jönköping International Business School and Copenhagen Business School before coming to the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg.


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