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Stadt-Land-Bild. A Social Image Analysis of Contemporary Conceptions of Longing

Project leader:
Martina Fineder (IKL)

Project team:
Laura Commare, Karolin Galter and Paul Reiter (IKL)

Cooperation partners:
Luise Reitstätter, Laboratory for Cognitive Research in Art History (CReA), Institute for Art History, University of Vienna
Claudia Peschel-Wacha, Austrian Museum of Folk Art and Folk Life
Hubertus Kohle & Stefanie Schneider, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Departement of Art History and Institute of Informatics

Funded by:
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research BMBWF
Top Citizen Science Initiative, Zentrum für Citizen Science

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BMBWF | Top Citizen Science
led by Martina Fineder, Institute for Education in the Arts
Duration: 1.11.2018 – 31.10.2019

In this time of a digital revolution, worldwide crises and global insecurity there is a simultaneous tendency to look back. This phenomenon—called “Retrotopia” by sociologist Zygmunt Baumann—is accompanied by a longing for authenticity, simplicity and security. It depends on a glorification of conservative values of family, work and community, and is accompanied by a renewed nostalgia for life in the countryside.

This phenomenon is the topic of the Sparkling Science project Stadt-Land-Kind ’s new expansion project Stadt-Land-Bild . Stadt-Land-Bild expands the visual and material analysis of the Sparkling Science project by establishing the exhibition space of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art as a Citizen Science (CS) research setting. Within this rich, multi- sensory and social environment, images of longing are brought to life in a dialogical setting. There, citizen scientists with different perceptions, opinions and experiences—and from different generations—will come together to collaboratively reflect upon urban-rural sentimental and ideological constructions of longing so as to make a contribution to an open conception of Heimat (“home”).

The “exhibition as research setting” will include a multi-media research station, inviting citizen scientists to actively engage with the image corpus of Stadt-Land-Bild . Even though the research station can be easily explored autonomously, the program builds on intergenerational picture talks as well as guided workshops and open research sessions at peak museum times. Citizen scientists can play the social image tagging game ARTigo, and work with the social image analysis tools offered by the ARTigo Analytics Center. Essentially, this means that participating citizen scientists will be both describing images and statistically analyzing the descriptions given by themselves and others. No prior knowledge of any kind is needed. Everyone, irrespective of age or educational background can contribute to the project and become a citizen scientist when they visit the exhibition. Going beyond simple screen presentations, visitors can explore the images of Stadt-Land-Bild within a physically appealing three-dimensional setting built of expansive and interactive touch-screen walls.

Stadt-Land-Bild continues the intergenerational and dialogical research focus of the Sparkling Science project Stadt-Land-Kind . It offers the possibility of participation to citizens of all generations, to children/adolescents, adults/parents and senior citizens/grandparents. It will establish research cooperations with at least 250 citizen scientists. Stadt-Land-Bild will allow open access to a much larger number of citizens no