Chronicles of laboratory workshops and interdisciplinary teaching

Signe Juhl Møller, Ghada Said Mohammed Omar

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    Abstract

    Scholars in the Robot Culture and Aesthetics group (ROCA; Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University) unite cultural and aesthetic theories within a practice-based approach by working together in laboratory workshops to explore, imagine and theorise in order to create new types of human-technology interaction. When taking part in practice-based robotics workshops to explore open-ended activities, a setting has been created to foster the exploration of aesthetic processes in different ways than in traditional research processes. Using this unorthodox approach to knowledge production within the social and humanistic sciences as a case, this presentation wishes to explore practiced-based research to draw out what this research strategy might offer to the conventional modes of research. Hence this will provide an interpretation of a case of practiced-based research. Furthermore, exploring open ending activities within practice-based learning in a teaching setting, an in-progress research project, studying students interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaborations through practice related issues in a module on Maternal and Child Health will be presented.
    Doing so theory is generated or emerges from the concrete observations of practice-based research. Providing examples from the collected video data from two of the robotics workshops in the research group, will be used to analyse and examine interactants’ activities in the provided activity settings. Thereby presenting a model, based in cultural-historical theory, to handle interpretations of creative processes and knowledge production. By the use of material-dialectic theory, the model is designed to generate new theory as an integrated part of interpretations connected to the process. The concept of creativity is connected with the concept of change and transgression in the activity as part of the activity setting. Transgression and the interactants own-directed activities are argued to be the basis for the transformation of the activity. Combining theory and concrete observations the model offers a platform theorising observed transformations, identifying transgressions and negotiation of these providing insights into knowledge production, creative and transgressive acts and in a broader perspective the co-construction of institutional practices.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato16 jun. 2016
    StatusUdgivet - 16 jun. 2016

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