June 2022

Chaos, Feminism & Spiritual Presence

Hi there,

Here at ETHOS we’ve recently been reflecting on the eb and flow of spiritual presence. Not necessarily in the context of having a spiritual practice, but perhaps more so in the *fairy lights and feeling a sense of purpose* kind of way. In the embodied, feeling like your outer pace matches your inner pace kind of way. 

When chaos and endless tasks knock on our door, how do we respond? Do we fight the chaos? Surrender to chaos? Or might we try to seek out connection, intention, and spirit? 

Or perhaps another question should be: What is a feminist response to chaos? 

In an upcoming blog post we reflect on this topic through a written correspondence that happened as a result of one of these recent discussions. We hope it might inspire some of you to have a chat to your friends and colleagues about how chaos affects your daily interactions and how you approach giving yourself grace. 

In this month’s newsletter we share both exciting things that have happened in the past month, and exciting things coming up in this final month of the academic year. We are simultaneously preparing to switch gears as we head into the summer break. Thanks for reading along! 

- Henriette 

Ps. We will be testing out a new format for this newsletter, and we’d love to hear your feedback. Don’t be shy - let your voice be heard by emailing ethos@itu.dk 


What’s new?  

The Final Pitch & Play
On May 10 the four Junior Researchers (Isabelle Engelke, Teresa Beata Bundgård, Hanna Karin Wideman Grue, and David Søbæk Olsen) engaged members of the lab in their projects for the fourth and final time this academic year. We discussed topics such as socio-technical imaginaries, tools for democracy, imagined communities, and assumptions about the presence of digital technology in schools. Now all there’s left to do for the four JRs is to write their final posts for the ETHOS blog - which you’ll be seeing this summer. 

3D Printer Workshop
On May 11 Baki Cakici hosted a workshop in the lab to enable more of the lab members to use the 3D printer. During the workshop we each printed a small object, and the hope is now that more lab members will feel like they have enough agency and expertise to design projects that include the printer.

The Power of Mapping
On May 22 some of our lab members attended The Power of Mapping. The event was a full day workshop at Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, where a diverse group of participants explored the potential of critical mapping. Amongst other community building activities and inspiring workshops… 

• Abdul Dube and Janna Aldaraji led a workshop to map the neighbourhood of Nørrebro;

• Barly Tshibanda, Nanna Katrine Hansen and Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld led an audio walk (“Voices in the Shadows of Monuments”) from Christianshavn to Kongens Nytorv, engaging the listeners in often untold stories of Denmark’s colonial history;

• Lauda Virginia Vargas Vargas presented how she uses mapping in her architectural and artistic practice to create emancipatory maps.

Char Davies Artist Talk 
On June 9 ETHOS Lab co-hosted an artist talk with Fotografisk Center. This collaboration was enabled in no small part by TiP PhD student Barbara Nino Carreras. The talk happened in connection with the newly opened exhibition at Fotografisk Center which features two immersive virtual artworks developed by VR artist Char Davies in the 1990s. The hybrid event welcomed a conversation between the artists Char Davies (CA) and Jakob Kudsk Steensen (DK) moderated by lecturer Mogens Jacobsen. The talk explored the development of Virtual Art through the past 30 years, as well as recurring themes in the artists’ artistic practices such as nature, environment, repetitive observations, and the act/art of being in relationship with place. 

Osmose (1995) and Ephémère (1998) will be exhibited at Fotografisk Center from 03.06 – 14.08.22.

Digital Society conference at Manchester Metropolitan University
Lab co-head, Jessamy Perriam was invited to the Digital Society conference at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in early June. It was the first in what organiser Tom Brock hopes will be a bi-annual conference. The conference covered the intersection of the digital and politics, games, research methods and much more. Jessamy spoke on a panel about the app walkthrough method, joined by ITU PhD fellow Lara Reime, ITU postdoc Sunniva Sandbunkt and Stefanie Duguay from Concordia University, Canada. More to come in a blog post soon!


What’s next?

Kat Jungnickel Visit 
This week (June 14-15) we’ve got a very special visitor. Dr Kat Jungnickel is a Reader in Sociology, Director of the Methods Lab and PI on the European Research Council–funded project Politics of Patents, which examines citizenship via two hundred years of global clothing inventions. Her research explores mobilities, gender, technology cultures, DIY/making practices, and visual and inventive methods. Recent publications include: (ed) Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research (MIT Press 2020), Creative Practice Ethnographies (with Hjorth, Harris and Coombs, Rowman & Littlefield 2020) and Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian Women Inventors and their Extraordinary Cycle Wear (Goldsmiths Press 2018). Kat’s work is deeply fascinating, interactive and intersects with STS, design, archival research, feminism, sociology and inventive methods. 

We look very much forward to sharing more on Kat’s visit with you in next month’s newsletter as she will be facilitating a number of lectures and workshops across TiP and ETHOS Lab. 

Ethos Summer Party
On Friday June 17 we will have our annual ETHOS Lab Summer Party from 15:00 - 19:00. If you have not yet received an invite, but you feel like you should have gotten one, please reach out to Lab Manager Henriette Friis (hefh@itu.dk). 

Invitation to the ETHOS Lab summer party on June 17, 15:00-19:00.

Alpha-testing the SEM (Sustainability and Expertise Mapper) Database
After much ado, blood, sweat and tears the database Michael has been working on (with some help from Luis, Pedro and Mace) is ready for some alpha-testing. This will take place in the lab on Monday June 20 from 9:00 - 11:00. Alpha-testing here entails hands-on use with the prototype, feedback and feature ideation. Snacks will be provided. All ETHOS Lab members are welcome. 


 Wishing you all a beautiful rest of your day.


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Co-heads of Lab: Marisa Cohn & Jessamy Perriam
Lab Manager: Henriette Friis


ETHOS Lab Open Hours 

The Lab has regular opening hours throughout the semester on Thursdays from 10 to 14, allowing for a lunch break around noon.

The opening hours are co-working time for the Lab staff, as well as an opportunity for impromptu meetings and informal encounters for the community of faculty and students. This is an opening for bouncing off ideas, getting feedback, and work in the Lab. Everyone is welcome, just pop by!