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Jones R.,Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Artnodes | Year: 2011

We have arrived at a point where critical theory is being called upon to answer a basic question: what is the continuing relevance, value, and productive potential of criticality, or "oppositional knowledge"? I propose a departure from relativism, the ambiguities of postmodernism and fashionable pessimism for a new "post-critical perspective". Post-criticality means engagement with proactive strategies triggering entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, innovative, scalable and attainable solutions to collective challenges. In one sense you could say that while locking out nostalgia for an earlier and simpler time, post-criticality can mean retrofitting Modernism with what we have learned in the last century in order to begin engineering both methods and means for producing results across disciplines; not merely grandstanding jingoistic evangelism promoting a cause. From there the door opens onto inheriting the key parts of Modernism's ambition for engagement, and setting agendas for action, without having to accept the ambiguity of postmodernism. Source

Hellstrom B.,Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012 | Year: 2012

Noise is steadily on the rise in urban settings, creating a potential health hazard as well as being a nuisance. In major European cities, noise levels are so high that the majority of urban parks can no longer truly serve as recreational environments, a problem the WHO and the EU are attempting to address. This study explores various strategies that promote the sustainable development of urban soundscapes at locations meant for rest, recreation, and social interaction. How are people affected by the combined effects of traffic and nature sounds in urban parks? To this end, we adopted a new track - the use of interdisciplinary methodology - bringing together architectural analysis and artistic experiments, along with psychoacoustic methodology to evaluate aesthetic, emotional, perceptual, and spatial effects. A large-scale case study was conducted at a city park to explore if and how subjects are affected by purposely distributed sounds. The working hypothesis was that it is possible to cancel out traffic noise by affecting aural perceptions using a process known as informational masking. Our long-term objective is to create a scientific foundation for action plans, both pre-emptive and trouble-shooting, targeting parks and other similar public spaces that provide a relaxing environment. Source

Torehammar C.,Tyrens AB | Hellstrom B.,Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012 | Year: 2012

The aspect of sound as a design element in an architectural context has been discussed for a long time, but there are still today very few permanent projects put into practice. The functional use of acoustics is easily comprehended when utilized to reduce unwanted noise from roads, or when it is perfected to convey speech and music in concert halls. To add sounds to create a sense of space, use it as a quality or defining identity is however still an unexplored field of knowledge. Finding the right balance between creating a quality for the space with dynamics and variety, while still being sustainable over time is challenging. The paper presents theories, methods, findings and results from a large project including nine installations. The project concerns indoor sound installations in large public spaces in Stockholm including acoustic investigations, electro acoustic installations and composition of sound installations for the specific space. The method is both scientific and art-based. The sound design is used as a way of empowering site-specific functions and architectural themes, but also in some cases as a solitary intentional characteristic quality of the space. Source

Ranjbar P.,Orebro University | Stranneby D.,Orebro University | Akner-Koler C.,Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design | Borg E.,Orebro University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

This demonstration presents three vibrotactile aids to support persons with deafblindness. One aid, Monitor, consists of a microphone that detects sounds from events which are then processed as a signal that is adapted to the sensitivity range of the skin. The signal is sent as vibrations to the user with deafblindness, who can interpret the pattern of the vibrations in order to identify the type and position of the event/source that produced the sounds. Another aid, Distime, uses a smart phone app that informs the user with cognitive impairment and deafblindness about a planned activity through; audio, visual or tactile interaction that is adapted to the abilities of each individual. The last aid, Readyride, uses two smart phones and up to 11 vibrators that help the horse back rider with deafblindness to communicate with the instructor from a distance via vibrators placed on different parts of the riders body e.g. wrist, thigh, back, ankle. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014. Source

Blomkvist J.,Linkoping University | Holmlid S.,Linkoping University | Sandberg F.,Linnaeus University | Westerlund B.,Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2012

This full day workshop intends to explore approaches, methods and techniques that can be used in participatory prototyping of services. The participants will contribute with their experiences of different ways of working with participatory prototyping. During the workshop the participants will share, explore and give feedback on the method or case that they present. By engaging in other methods there will also be a learning activity. Another aim of the workshop is to initiate research and development of knowledge within the emerging field of participatory prototyping of services and product service systems. One particular interest regards the relation between details and "the whole". The emphasis of the workshop is to have creative learning experiences. © 2012 ACM. Source

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