Grasping the Future of the Digital Society

Dufva, T. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

Description

Society is increasingly digitalised and connected, with computers and algorithms mediating much of the daily actions of people in one way or another. The degree of digitalization and its consequences are challenging to understand because most people lack a first-hand experience of what digitalization actually feels like. Digitalization is abstract and difficult to grasp, which leads to a detached sense of digital surroundings. In this paper, we argue that in order to grasp the nature and future of a digitalized society, an embodied understanding of digitalization is needed. We use the concept of ‘digi-grasping’ to analyse our awareness and involvement in the digital world. By digi-grasping we mean active sense-making and existing in the world that consists of both a digital and a physical world. We argue that through ‘grasping’ the digital world it is possible to create an ethical and aesthetic attachment to society. Digi-grasping can empower people to understand and question the choices and motivations behind current digital structures and create new structures. It is thus an important approach to shaping the futures of digital society. We illustrate the concept with examples representing different modes of being and doing in the interface of digital and physical.
Period31 Oct 2017
Event titleNordic Research Conference: e17: Tacit knowing or just plain silence?
Event typeConference
LocationUmeå, Sweden
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • experiental foresight
  • digitalization
  • digital society
  • posthumanism
  • art education
  • craft education
  • embodied learning
  • artistic research