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  • 1. Axelsson, Bodil
    et al.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Between Places: The Artist's Work and the Work of Art2012In: Senmoderna reflexioner: Festskrift till Johan Fornäs / [ed] Erling Bjurström, Martin Fredriksson, Ulf Olsson, Ann Werner, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012, p. 113-123Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter examines the place of art in two concrete ways, first, as the location of the site-specific atrwork involving an artist's drawn-out commute during its production, and second, as a re-location the artwork undergoes as it is displayed in other venues.  The focus is on Sound Machine, by Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, initially created for Norrköping's Industrial Landscape, before it began "commuting" to other venues, including Paris and Stockholm.

  • 2.
    Axelsson, Bodil
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Konst genom staden: (Art Through City Space)2010Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this project was to develop arts-based research involving, in various ways, urban space and its inhabitants. The project title — ‘art through city space’ — suggests movement and flow, as well as a perspective. Thus, the space of the city provided a conceptual framework for developing works that engaged with far larger issues than those conventionally associated with art in public space. The project participants were Johan Berglund, Jonas Dahlberg, Göran Dahlberg and Esther Shalev-Gerz, as well as researchers Bodil Axelsson and Karin Becker.  As initially formulated, ‘Art through City Space’ was to address issues concerning the place of art in contemporary urban space. The idea was that the work developed in the project would, in one way or another, be ‘public art’ even as it was expected to challenge and contest traditional views of the place of art in public space. Through the process and the artworks that were realised over the three-year period, the artistic research process led the project group into a range of other questions and practices central to contemporary urban life.

  • 3.
    Axelsson, Bodil
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Mobilising participation in the work of art: Sound Machine by Esther Shalev-Gerz2011In: The Art of Engagement: Culture, collaboration, innovation / [ed] Elaine Lally, Ien Ang, Kay Anderson, Sydney: UWA Publishing , 2011, p. 181-196Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The chapter by Swedish writers Bodil Axelsson and Karin Becker analyses Sound Machine, a collaborative contemporary art project that was developed integrally with university activities in research and teaching.  This interface opened up the rare possibility of participant research into the work processes of a well-known European collaborative artist, Esther Shalev-Gerz. The researchers trace different modes of engagement with participating non-artist subjects - such as the women who provide 'cultural memory' of earlier forms of work and engagement with technology - as well as other forms of participation essential for Sound Machine's conceptual, technical and institutional development.

  • 4.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Art in the Underground2009In: Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation / [ed] Helmut K. Anheier & Yudhishthir Raj Isar, London: Sage , 2009, p. 209-209Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Art through city space: report on a project in artistic research2010In: Forskning och kritik: granskning och recension av konstnärlig forskning / [ed] Torbjörn Lind, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2010, p. 142-157Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Att synliggöra fältet: Fotografi och reflexiv etnografi2004In: Nutida etnografi: Reflektioner från mediekonsumtionens fält, Nya Doxa, Nora , 2004, p. 149-172Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Envisioning a Common Space: Challenges to Research and Critique in Contemporary Visual Studies2016In: Keynote, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Gestaltningsprocesser i kultur och medier vid Tema Q2012In: Kulturaliseringens samhälle: Problemorienterad kulturvetenskiaplig forskning vid Tema Q 2002-2012 / [ed] Svante Beckman, Linköping: Linköping universitet , 2012, p. 88-93Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Gestures of Seeing: Amateur photographers in the news2015In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 451-469Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the amateur photographer as a common figure in contemporary news photographs, focusing on how the amateur’s gestures signify in journalism’s coverage of media events. Drawing on theories of photography as performance and ritual, I argue that the presence of the non-professional in the news photograph destabilizes journalistic discourse by challenging the role of the professional photographer and by redefining the event and its meanings. This is especially critical in coverage of catastrophic events, when the amateur’s gestures become a form of witnessing from a participant’s perspective, carrying both private and collective meanings for how the event will be understood in the future, and undermining the authority of journalism.

  • 10.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Looking Back: Ethics and Aesthetics of Non-Professional Photography2011In: Amateur Images and Global News / [ed] Kari Andén-Papadopoulos, Mervi Pantti, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2011, p. 23-40Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter explores, from several historical and cultural perspectives, the changing relationship between professional journalism and its amateur alternatives, i.e. images from private cameras.  Drawing on historical examples and various journalistic genres, I examine how the border between professional and non-professional photography in the press has been continually challenged and redrawn, and discuss the ethical dilemmas that arise in this uneasy borderland. Journalism’s ambivalence over using pictures from outside its professional domain has a long history, which I trace here, focusing particularly on the aesthetic and documentary character and appeal of the private photograph, and what happens when this appeal coincides with the interests of news.  I look at some of the routines and strategies that journalism has used to pull in these “outsider” images, explaining or “taming” them to fit within the news frame.

  • 11.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Performing the News2013In: Photographies, ISSN 1754-0763, E-ISSN 1754-0771, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 17-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photographs of non-professionals taking pictures are a common feature of contemporary journalism. Drawing on theories of photography as performance and ritual, this article addresses what it means when professionals include these photographing “others” in their images ofnews events. It argues that the image of the amateur, performing photography in the news, shifts and destabilizes journalistic discourse. Using examples from the daily press, the article accounts for these “meta-pictures” as a manifestation of participatory visual culture dating from 9/11, examines specific ways they challenge the authority of the professional andconsiders how they alter the significance of the media event.

  • 12.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Photography in the Age of Screen Culture2014In: #snapshot: Cameras amongst us / [ed] Asko Lehmuskallio and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Helsinki: Finnish Museum of Photography , 2014, p. 17-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Photography in the Age of Screen Culture2012In: Thinking photography I - using photography II / [ed] Jan-Erik Lundström, Liv Stoltz, Stockholm: Centrum för Fotografi , 2012, p. 153-158Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press2003In: The Photography Reader / [ed] Liz Wells, Routledge , 2003, p. 291-308Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Street Vendors as Global Entrepreneurs2009In: Body Soul Society/Nordmedia 09, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a study of street vendors as entrepreneurs and the positions they occupy in the mix of urban public life. While current research on vendors focuses on specific groups of “global peddlers”– particularly migrants  - in specific cities, we trace the diversity of this global phenomenon across geographic locations, ranging from those who manage year-round stalls in fixed places near where they live, to those who carry their goods on their backs in cities far from home. For some it is seasonal work, following fairs and festivals, for others it is a steady job, and for many it is a way to scrape by as they try to get a footing somewhere.

    Here we examine the ways vendors establish connections to other cultures and places, through the wares they sell and how they present themselves and their products in public space. We find many who use media and particularly Internet to develop and market their wares, and also to maintain organizational networks and support among vendors. Vending emerges as a cosmopolitan practice, involving commodification of culture and cultural products, that creates links between diverse localities and histories, performed in cities across the globe.

  • 16.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    The Work of Art[ists] in Urban Space2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Valokuva näyttöruutukulttuurin aikakaudella2014In: #snapshot: kamerat keskuudessamme / [ed] Asko Lehmuskallio, Helsinki: Finnish Museum of Photography , 2014, p. 17-21Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 18.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Visual Cultures of Journalism: A Contribution to a Better Understanding of Journalism Cultures2008In: Journalistische Kulturen: Internationale und interdisziplinäre Theoriebausteine, Herbert von Halem, Köln , 2008, p. 270-Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Visual culture continues to be seen as peripheral to journalism, despite the centrality of image flows and visual technologies in both the private and public spheres of contemporary media. This chapter addresses this lacuna, first by elaborating central concepts and theoretical tents from the field of visual culture, and then by suggesting how they can contribute to a better understanding of the cultures of journalism, viewed both historically and in the present media environment

  • 19.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Zegache Stories2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What is it like to live in St. Ana Zegache? In March 2013, two workshops in trans-medial storytelling were held with young people and adults from the pueblo, giving them an opportunity to document in their own words and photographs what it is like to live there. Participants were asked to create two brief stories, the first focusing on what they saw as the most important features of the town, and the second a more personal story from their own lives.

  • 20.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Axelsson, Bodil
    Linköpings universitet.
    Mobilising Participation in Sound Machine by Esther Shalev-Gerz2011In: The Art of Engagement: Culture, Collaboration, Innovation / [ed] Elaine Lally, Ien Ang & Kay Anderson, Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing , 2011, p. 183-198Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Art of Engagement explores the dynamics of arts-business-community collaborations, including their aesthetic, social and political dimensions. The chapter by Swedish writers Axelsson and Becker analyses Sound Machine, a collaborative contemporary art project that was developed integrally with university activities in research and teaching. This interface opened up the possibility of participant research into the work of well-known European collaborative artist, Esther Shalev-Gerz. The researchers trace different modes of engagement with participating non-artist subjects - such as the women who provide 'cultural memory' of earlier forms of work and engagement with technology - as well as other forms of participation essential for Sound Machine's  conceptual, technical and institutional development.

  • 21.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Brecevic´, Geska
    Historier från Santa Ana: Berättelser om konst och tro i en mexikansk by2016In: Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten / [ed] Anna Bohlin, Lena Gemzöe, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016, p. 171-194Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Texten följer hur figuren Santa Ana, Marias moder och katolskt skyddshelgon, framställs i olika sammanhang, medier och föreställande former i en by i södra Mexiko som bär helgonets namn. På vilka olika sätt kan Santa Ana - helgonfiguren såväl som platsen - träda fram i mötet mellan två skilda sociokulturella sammanhang där de relitiösa och politiska axlarna korsas? Tolkningarna som Santa Ana-berättelserna ger upphov till skifter mellan olika medietyper och lokaliteter, i vilka olika varianter av religiositet och konstnärligthet flätas ihop. 

  • 22.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Brecevic, Geska Helena
    Transmedial spaces, transmedial stories: Co-creating religious artefacts2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper traces a collaboration between Stockholm-based video artists and an artisan workshop in the village of Zegache St. Ana in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the co-production of a video animation of the local patron saint St. Ana, mother of Mary. It examines the narratives of locality, religion and artistic practice that the animation gives rise to as it moves across different media platforms and locales. Religious (re-)inventiveness has played a crucial role in the cultural resilience of the indigenous population of Oaxaca. The venerative practices of Zapotecos, Mixtecos and Nahuas, though firmly Catholic in their faith, have repeatedly challenged the sacrament-orientated hierarchies of the Hispanicized clergy.

    Today the church of Santa Ana Zegache constitutes the artistic, cultural and spiritual landmark of the town. Twenty years ago, this 16th-century building, and all of its artwork, was in ruins. The Community Workshop of Zegache was established to train local women in various techniques of conservation and restoration.  A decade later these local people had restored the the church to its past splendor - a masterpiece of "Indian Baroque" – and the community workshop had grown to 17 members, both men and women.

    In 2008, the Stockholm-based video artists, Performing Pictures started a long-term collaboration with the Zegache artisans. Several inter-active video shrines with animated saints and apparitions are the result of this artistic, cultural and technical exchange. Together they have shaped new outlets for venerative practice that combine crafts with media technology, electronics and animation.

    The paper examines the meaning of these works first, for the artists and artisans, and second, for other residents of Zegache, as they encounter the animated figure of St. Ana in different spaces and media formats. Its point of departure is the production of the video animation of St. Ana in November 2011, and its first local showing as an iPhone app. The second phase of the project involved building a small, solar powered chapel at the entrance of the town, to house the video-animation. Phase three is a workshop in digital story-telling to be carried out in March 2013, asking both children and adults to record their own stories of the meanings St. Ana has for the town. Plans are being developed to extend the project to include members of the Zegache expatriate community living in Oregon.

  • 23.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Brecevic, Geska Helena
    Veneration and Wonder: The politics of making art in an Oaxacan village2014In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines a 5-year collaboration between the Stockholm-based video artists Performing Pictures and Talleres Comunitarios, a studio based in the Oaxacan town of Santa Ana Zegache where local artisans employ traditional skills in the restoration of religious artifacts. In images and text, we trace the exchange of skills, knowledge, and aesthetic sensibility that took place as these two groups of artists collaborated in producing a series of video animations of venerative objects, against a backdrop of religious, social, and political tensions that characterize everyday life in Zegache. In the article and the accompanying series of three short films, ‘‘Wonder & Veneration 13’’ (http://vimeo. com/album/2682070), we examine how the artists negotiate questions of aesthetics and religious belief as their collaboration unfolds within the context of the Zegache community, where the Talleres contribute skills of carpentry and painting, while Performing Pictures provides skills of film, animation and micro-electronics. The processes and practices involved in creating three works provides the framework for this examination: the first, an animation of the Virgin of Guadalupe as she appears to a simple peasant, and the second, produced 2 years later, an animation of Santa Ana, local patron saint and mother of Maria, as she teaches her daughter to read the scriptures. Whereas both figures are central to the syncretic religious belief of southern Mexico with its challenge to the entrenched authority of the hispanicized clergy, the local figure of Santa Ana carries even more complex meanings for the community of Zegache. These meanings are embodied in the third work we examine, a small solarpowered chapel that the artists built to display the Santa Ana animation. With the mayor’s support and located at the entrance to the town, the chapel embodies a shift of power away from the church, standing as an example of indigenous empowerment in civil society.

  • 24.
    Becker, Karin E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Gestures of Seeing: Amateur Photographers in the News2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the amateur photographer as a common figure in contemporary news photographs, focusing on how the amateur’s gestures signify in journalism’s coverage of media events. Drawing on theories of photography as performance and ritual, I argue that the presence of the non-professional in the news photograph destabilizes journalistic discourse by challenging the role of the professional photographer and by redefining the event and its meanings. This is especially critical in coverage of catastrophic events, when the amateur’s gestures become a form of witnessing, carrying both private and collective meanings for how the event will be understood in the future. I conclude with a discussion of how journalism resolves this challenge by employing the image of the amateur instrumentally as “eyewitness” in a move that retains journalism’s authority while acknowledging the vernacular perspective and the values of participatory media culture.

  • 25.
    Becker, Karin E.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Hauserman, Nancy
    Street Vendors as Global Entrepreneurs2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines street vendors as entrepreneurs in the mix of urban public life. While current research focuses on specific groups of ‘global peddlers’– particularly migrants  - we trace the diversity of street sellers across geographic locations, from those who manage year-round stalls in fixed places, to those who carry their goods on their backs in cities far from home. For some it is seasonal work, for others it is a way to supplement a steady income, while for others vending is a way to get by.

    Vendors establish connections to other cultures and places, through their wares and their performances in public space.  Many use media including the Internet to market their wares, or to maintain networks and support among vendors. Vending emerges as a cosmopolitan practice, involving commodification of culture and cultural products, that creates links between diverse localities and histories, performed in cities across the globe. 

  • 26.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Frosh, Paul
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
    Visual Frictions2015In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 7Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Visuality is an increasingly contested phenomenon. Rarely stable and never “pure,” the visual is always intertwined with other senses and expressive forms and is often implicated in multiple power relations. Whether as part of social and cultural practices, or as utilized in social scientific inquiry and investigation, the visual exerts a power that continues to challenge and be challenged by other ways of knowing. This power is especially apparent when we consider visuality in its digital manifestations: as visually based media expand their purview across social, cultural, and geographic space we find they are often in “friction” with established norms, structures, and modes of expression. In this themed issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, the authors have been invited to explore these issues, under the rubric of “Visual Frictions.”

  • 27.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Frosh, Paul
    Visual Frictions2015Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Visuality is an increasingly contested phenomenon. Rarely stable and never “pure,” the visual is always intertwined with other senses and expressive forms and is often implicated in multiple power relations. Whether as part of social and cultural practices, or as utilized in social scientific inquiry and investigation, the visual exerts a power that continues to challenge and be challenged by other ways of knowing. This power is especially apparent when we consider visuality in its digital manifestations: as visually based media expand their purview across social, cultural, and geographic space we find they are often in “friction” with established norms, structures, and modes of expression.

    In this themed issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, the authors have been invited to explore these issues, under the rubric of “Visual Frictions.”

  • 28.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Hauserman, Nancy
    College of Business, University of Iowa.
    Always on the Move?: An ethnographic study of street vendors2009In: KulturNatur/ACSIS konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines methods developed for a study of street vendors as entrepreneurs, focusing on the positions they occupy in the mix of urban public life, and looking at cities across the globe. We approach vending from a cross-disciplinary perspective, investigating it as a many faceted form of business enterprise, with a particular focus on the visual and esthetic aspects of the practice. Current research on vending tends to focus on a specific type of vending (farmers’ markets, indoor markets), on specific cities, and/or specific groups of “global peddlers”– usually immigrants from a different region or country. Our aim is somewhat different: to examine the phenomenon across a range of geographic locations and to trace the diversity of vending as a practice, in particular the various forms it takes in public space and the motivations that draw or drive vendors to do this kind of work.

  • 29.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Hauserman, Nancy
    Gatuförsäljare som globala entreprenörer2014In: Det globaliserade arbetslivet / [ed] Marinette Fogde, Johanna Övling, Gidlund i samarbete med Arbetets museum , 2014, p. 25-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Kautsky, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Widholm, Andreas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Watching Football in the Fan Park: Mediatization, Spectatorship and Fan Identity2014In: The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures / [ed] Linda Duits, Koos Zwaan, Stijn Reijnders, Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2014, p. 275-288Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The football fan park, originally a surrogate stadium for fans without tickets, has now become a live venue in its own right, and a new arena in the culture of football fandom. In these sites of exceptionally high media density, football fan identities become increasingly flexible and mobile as participants in these venues interact with an increasingly mediatized social environment. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in FIFA Fan Parks during the 2010 World Cup, we argue that the fan park, as a mediatized space, has become a site where fan identities are constructed in new ways, facilitating a cosmopolitan understanding of football.

  • 31.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
    Tovar, Patricia
    Awakening the past, Expressing the present: Stories of photography, migration and belief in a Mexican village2014In: Photographic Powers: Helsinki Photomedia 2014 / [ed] Mika Elo, Marko Karo, Helsinki: Aalto University , 2014, p. 308-333Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How may the practice of photography shift ways of looking at oneself and at one's community? Can creating visual narratives also support reexamining the past, whereby old pictures and other objects gain new significance? This article addresses these questions in a study of several workshops on transmedial storytelling in the town of St. Ana Zegache, Oaxaca, Mexico. We chose photography as the primary medium for the workshops, based on our interest in the visual vernacular and the relative ease of using simple cameras to acquire first-person accounts of everyday experience. We did not anticipate that participants would seize the opportunity to work across media, to include other objects and images, weaving alternative histories into their stories.

    We found that telling stories through photographs opened possibilities for some participants to reinterpret experiences of the self in relation to place, community and beliefs. This became ‘empowering’ in the moment when each person presented his or her story, sharing this reinterpretation with other workshop participants, simultaneously re-enacting his or her place within the community. Examples included experiences of migration, familial relations, and their own creative practice.

    Old photographs and objects, as repositories of histories and memories, acquired new dimensions when incorporated into contemporary stories.  Participants also reflected on the value of their narratives beyond the immediate community, to people elsewhere who would be interested in the culture of Zegache, and ‘how we live here.’ They saw the digital interface as a network offering the possibility of sharing their stories with an audience from afar. The reflexive power of photography in this context revealed the image as multidimensional, beyond visual representation, encompassing both individual and collective experience.

  • 32.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Widholm, Andreas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Being there from afar: the media event relocated to the public viewing area2014In: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, ISSN 1757-2681, E-ISSN 1757-269X, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 153-168Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the media event as re-located to public viewing areas (PVAs) erected in cities across the globe, where people gather to watch the events together live on screen. The study is based on ethnographic research carried out in PVAs located in selected cities during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. We examine the relationships between these events, as reconstituted in these different locations through media networks, and the public’s participation via the event on screen.  The PVA emerges as a new location of experience and participation, with its own histories as a place of attraction for the local public and for visitors from afar, in what Massey (1994) would describe as an ‘intersection of local and global social relations’. The host city arena is no longer the self-evident ”centre” for this event, which has been pluralized through the complex web of media structures and the activities of participants who come to experience the event in these other, dispersed locations.

  • 33.
    Brecevic, Geska Helena
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Brecevic, Robert
    Stockholm University.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Cinésense - bilder som uppträder2011In: Form och färdriktning  : strategiska frågor för den konstnärliga forskningen. Årsbok KFoU / [ed] Torbjörn Lind, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2011, p. 146-174Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    En kostymklädd affärsman med läderportfölj står i ett snötäckt landskap.  Han skruvar på sig. Tittar ängsligt up. Faller sedan raklång - som en fura. Bilden av mannen visas på en storbildsskärm och hans fall utlöstes av en närgången betraktare.

    Projektet Cinésense (med stöd från Vetenskapsrådet 2006-2008) handlar om film - mera precist om sensorstyrda videokipp och den performativa potentialen i rörlig bild. Cinésense ägde rum på gator och trog, tog plats i vänthallar och shopingtempel, bibliotek, butiker och skultfönster.  Dramatiskt kondenserade karaktärer introducerades för en oinvigd publik på en offentlig plats. Konstnärer och forskare kunde därigenom tillsammans studera hur tid och rum på och framför skärmen (i och utanför fiktionen) kan vävas ihop till en mer perofrmative rymd.

    Projektet undersökte hur man utvecklar ett interaktivt berättande inom film men också hur en betraktare - vars roll utökas till att bli en mer eller mindre ofrivillig deltagare - påverkas. Växelspelet är avgörande; filmens utgångspunkt är att provocera fram en nyfikenhet som i sin tur utmanar filmen att ta till nya konstgrepp.

  • 34. Fornäs, Johan
    et al.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
    Bjurström, Erling
    Ganetz, Hillevi
    Consuming Media: Communication, Shopping and Everyday Life2007Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Inspired by Walter Benjamin's classical Arcades Project, the authors explore the interface between communication, shopping and everyday life. Based on a six-year study by over a dozen scholars on a specific site, the book analyses the links between power, media and consumption in contemporary urban culture. Four main media circuits are examined - print media, media images, sound and motion, and hardware machines - to assess how media texts and technologies are selected, purchased and used. Exploring the relations between different media, cultural citizenship and power relations of public space, the book presents an ethnography of globalization and develops a new approach to understanding media consumption.

  • 35.
    Widholm, Andreas
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies. Södertörn University.
    Becker, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    Celebrating with the celebrities: Television in public space during two royal weddings2015In: Celebrity Studies, ISSN 1939-2397, E-ISSN 1939-2400, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 6-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent emergence of an increasingly participatory media culture has opened up new ways for audiences to collectively negotiate the cultural meanings surrounding celebrities. Public screens are one such phenomenon, where people gather to witness the live broadcast of celebrity events. Taking our point of departure in two recent royal weddings in the UK and Sweden, we explore the performative displays that public viewing affords, as participants interact with the event on screen, with other participants, and with media representatives in the venue. This article provides a fresh analytical perspective on how audiences engage with royal celebrities in such mass-participatory consumption contexts, illuminating a little-studied area of celebrity culture.

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