Grasping the Future of the digital society

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


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.
Period12 Jun 2017
Event titleFutures of a Complex World: International Futures Conference of the Finland Futures Research Centre and Finland Futures Academy, University of Turku
Event typeConference
Conference number18
LocationTurku, Finland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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