SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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SIEF2021 - Audio/visual programme

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Showing the Invisible

Wednesday 23 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 14:00-15:45


2020 | 6’ | UK
Mark Jones, Patrick Alexander

FutureYou2020 is an art-research installation encouraging audiences to think about how they imagine the future. The installation normally includes visual representations of Patrick Alexander's decade-long research interest in how young people are socialised through schooling into particular imaginings of the future. This includes drawings from research participants, partial interview transcripts, personal statements for university, and more. The installation also includes a soundscape consisting of original musical composition and excerpts from research data, sometimes performed live. Finally the installation involves activities through which audiences can engage directly with the research themes. The most popular activity in the installation is the FutureYou letter writing activity, where participants write themselves a letter in the future, expressing, hopes, fears, or dreams for what their lives will look like beyond the present. Patrick stores these letters without opening them, and then sends them back to participants years into the future, as a kind of exercise in time travel.This activity is replicated here in digital form.



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