The projects for this year’s 4th semester of Art and Technology (ArT4 2021) are centered on the theme of sustainability with respect to one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Example goals include no poverty, gender equality, and climate action, among others. Students were required to create an interactive installation which makes use of either active or embodied participation through either mechanical or electronic technologies. Either through the interaction or aesthetic expression of each installation, students were asked to highlight contributions (or lack thereof) to sustainability through the lens of the UN’s goals. In order to gain knowledge about their chosen research question, students evaluated participant interactions with each installation through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods with respect to some targeted user group.
The original plan for the exhibition was for students to physically display their work in Karolinelund, Aalborg. However, due to on-going restrictions enacted in response to COVID-19, the format for the exhibition was changed to a hybrid format consisting of a smaller gathering of physical installations located around Aalborg University’s CREATE building and the digital space found here on this webpage. This new format has presented an interesting challenge for our students both in terms of collaboration and access to facilities at the university. Nonetheless, they have managed to devise several creative ways to navigate these difficulties and produce some quite interesting projects as a result.
Brian Bemman, semester coordinator