[ISEA2011] Panel: Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lind­strom (moderators) – Patchwork Panel: Conceptualising Seams that Separate and Stitch Together

Panel Statement

Chair Per­sons: Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lind­strom
Pre­sen­ters: Melin Mar­gareta & Jo­hanna Rosen­qvist

The panel will ex­plore how mean­ing is cre­ated through the process of ar­rang­ing and re-ar­rang­ing frag­ments; how mean­ing is cre­ated through patches and quilt­ing. Our pro­posed for­mat is a patch­work panel, i.e. a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween knowl­edge­able peo­ple through story patch­work quilt­ing. The pan­elists, and other in­vited guests, pre­pare ”text-patches” as notes or re­minders of what to say. These text-patches – in paper or tex­tile in A4 for­mat – can have im­ages, con­cepts, words writ­ten or stitched on them. The text-patches are put on the floor in front of the au­di­ence. The work­ings of the sem­i­nar is such that none of the pan­elists can as­sume to put down all of the patches in her own pre­ferred order as this patch­work sem­i­nar for­mat pre­sup­poses that any­one could con­tinue on the thread of thoughts put down on the floor, and thus cre­at­ing a new pat­tern. Also, the au­di­ence is in­vited in­ter­act and in­ter­vene by putting down its own text-patches on the floor.
Agenda:

  1. In­tro­duc­tion of the pan­elists.
  2. Lind­ström and Ståhl in­tro­duce the idea of the patch­work sem­i­nar and hand out A4-pa­pers to the au­di­ence.
  3. Lind­ström and Ståhl put down the first patch: to tell sto­ries of an SMS-em­broi­dery feuil­leton writ­ten in gallery Krets in 2009. SMS-em­broi­dery feuil­leton is a way of telling sto­ries to­gether in what we call an ed­i­to­r­ial sewing cir­cle.
  4. Melin sit­u­ates text-mes­sage em­broi­dery in the con­text of ed­i­to­r­ial boards, and refers media pro­duc­tion stud­ies.
  5. Rosen­qvist sit­u­ates the text-mes­sage em­broi­dery in the con­text of tra­di­tional sewing cir­cles with ref­er­ences to art-his­tory.
  6. The ac­tual patch-work sem­i­nar opens up with pan­elists and the au­di­ence putting down patches.
  7. At the end, the bunch of patches on the floor can be stitched/glued to­gether and kept as a doc­u­men­ta­tion of the patch­work sem­i­nar.
  8. The patches could be­come part of a fu­ture quilt.
  • Åsa Ståhl is a PhD stu­dent in Media and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies at the School of Arts and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Malmö Uni­ver­sity, Sweden. She holds an MA in Radio from Gold­smiths, Lon­don, UK. Her artis­tic and aca­d­e­mic col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kristina Lind­ström started off at the IT-re­search in­sti­tute In­ter­ac­tive In­sti­tute and was fur­ther de­vel­oped when they re­cieved artis­tic de­vel­op­ment funds from Swedish Re­search Coun­cil (2006-07). At the mo­ment the two are doing a col­lab­o­ra­tive PhD-pro­ject.  Åsa has ex­hib­ited her art­work in Eu­rope, Asia and the Amer­ica and also pub­lishes jour­nal­is­tic ma­te­r­ial in print and broad­cast.
  • Kristina Lind­ström is a  PhD-stu­dent in In­ter­ac­tion de­sign at the School of Arts and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Malmö Uni­ver­sity. Her artis­tic and aca­d­e­mic col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kristina Lind­ström started off at the IT-re­search in­sti­tute In­ter­ac­tive In­sti­tute and was fur­ther de­vel­oped when they re­cieved artis­tic de­vel­op­ment funds from Swedish Re­search Coun­cil (2006-07). At the mo­ment the two are doing a col­lab­o­ra­tive PhD-pro­ject. Kristina has ex­hib­ited her art­work in Eu­rope, Asia and the Amer­ica.