Sociomateriality and innovation – Studying artists who work with AI.
Welcome to an open seminar with Astrid Huopalainen, Senior lecturer, Åbo University, Finland, on the theme "Sociomateriality and innovation – Studying artists who work with AI."
About the seminar:
This seminar investigates the relationship between materiality and innovation in the context of artistic practice. Specifically, this seminar examines the relatively overlooked yet taken-for-granted role of materiality for innovation in the context of digital/new media art, and the ‘messy’ everyday processes through which AI-based art works are created. Leaning on actor network theory (ANT) and feminist new materialist approaches, which emphasize that not only human beings but also other materialities, physical objects and tools are active co-creators of knowledge and innovation, I argue for the relevance of understanding innovation in dispersed sociomaterial relations and ‘messy’ processes that are simultaneously incidental, experimental and directional. By drawing on an ongoing ethnographic study of professional artists’ work and 15 in-depth interviews with professional artists in the Finnish context, this seminar develops the current knowledge on materiality for innovation, illustrating how this meaningful relationship is continuously co- created between bodies and other
materialities in spatial arrangements.
About the researcher:
Astrid Huopalainen is a senior lecturer of Organization and Management at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Astrid’s research interests include feminist philosophy, posthumanist approaches, practice theories, aesthetics, embodiment, and more-than-human organizing. She also takes pleasure in writing ‘differently.’ Her research has been published in journals including Organization, Culture and Organization, Human Relations, Gender, Work and Organization and ephemera.
One of many seminars from the research group New Organization and Management Practices (NOMP):
During the fall 2021 the research group of NOMP will organize several open research seminars. NOMP aims at co-creating cross-boundary knowledge about organizing processes with the purpose of contributing to responsible organizational, managerial and working life transitions.
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