The concept of this web portal is quite simple: I give myself impossible challenges to solve, find an holistic point of view, and then put together piece by piece of arguments, into a theoretical whole, or at times, the other way around, or a combinatory. The end result is, one way or the other – a synthesis and a system criticism.
My full name is Ingrid Katrine Amundsen and I am a shaker, a mover that mixes knowledge, different theoretical perspectives; in some instances provokatively, or too outspoken. But, since many people seems to be satisfied with the status quo and business-as-usual at the planet, and we are driving in high speed towards a potential front collision; a profound environmental catastrophe, I am one of the disobedient mediators, that will shake your perceptions on reality, utilize my freedom of speech, through cut to the core social critiscism. I am also here to inspire you to take responsibility and motivate you, and enlighten you and empower you to – act. I am not here to put the blame on someone, but to wake you up. I am here to inspire you to take your responsibility as a human being, to get socially connected and collaborate with like-minded or opposites, to strenghten your power and influence through being informed, and in order to positively unfold the society's inherent ability to take on a more environmentally friendly stance.
My core interests intelectually is human geography, particularly economic geography, with questions related to social and green justice, evolutionary economic geography, system theory, as well as innovation and art – a system approach (the visual spatial learner's perspective). On this webpage you will find essays and photographic analysis, that supports my point of view intelectually and artistically, and shows my thrills of engaging in the complexity of urgent issues, whether these are cultural e.g. art, the environment such as e.g. wind turbines or arguments against oil drilling, the economy such as proposing alternatives to capitalism, or psychological such as e.g. creativity and compassion.
I run IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen, which was established in 2009. The webpage; iart.no, was however, created in 2007. I started the web portal to persue my joint fascination for academic writing and photography. The background I have for creating this website is that I am an educated architect (AHO), and human geographer (UiO). (Look at my curriculum vitae in the meny above for more details).
In, my life and in every case, I try to make a system analysis, and engage in Cathedral Thinking (this will be explained bellow). The ideas of a system analysis is created, when systems and elements are displaced. This is examplified in the illustration bellow the picture of me. Nevertheless, to make a system analysis, obviously makes urgent issues more complicated, and exciting! At this web portal I will try to make complexity easy, thrilling, and make you surfe on comprehensive academic problems!
Methodologically I am particularly interested in radical interdisciplinarity and open science. Radical interdisciplinarity seeks to connect disciplines that are radically different, such as e.g. music and archeology or mathematics and culture. The aim is to bring new insights and create novelties, by connecting unexpected knowledge and strive for diversity. Open science seeks to democratizise knowledge and to reach a broader audience. This can be seen in the language on my website, which is more colourful, than what is expected in traditional academic writings. As a writer and essayist I thrive in academic writings that exceeds the fixed box and makes a system account. The fixed box represents the learnings gained by being handed over to us from academic textbooks of theory and methodology. As well as the radical interdisciplinarity and the open science approach, the author takes a visual spatial move towards deciphering academic challenges, and to seek a system understanding.
It is however in the nature of human beings to be creative, intuitive and flexible and contest their given limits, such as the fixed box. To change the world we must indeed exceed our limits! So that, hopefully, we can hand over the Earth in a more humane and equal, democratic, fairer, as well as in a more balanced state climatically and ecologically, to the next generation. In order to accomplish these challenging system changes, we must exceed the fixed boxes we have created for knowledge, whether it is the fixed box of theory and methodology academically, the white cube in the domain of culture, or the limited spatial container in architecture. By this perspective it is fundamental to the creative, intuitive and idealistic thinker, as the author, to at first try to understand the system in order to change it, then make a system analysis, and finally critizise it. And, to engage in long-term thinking that leads to actions, that will fulfill a greater task: Cathedral Thinking.
But, there must be suggested solutions to how system changes can be approached through actions too. The solution to create system changes is most of all to contest the given rules of our societal organizations and institutions, such as by e.g. freedom of speech, civil disobedience or the freedom and resistance expressed through the Avant-garde's and the artists' works of art. But most of all to engage in political activities that can turn ideas into actions, into regulatory practices. In order to be part of these intriguing system changes, we must not allow obstructions to slow down our mindset and vitality, but search for opportunities and solutions. But most of all, we must take responsibility as human beings and, indeed, exceed our limitations as human beings. It is, however, fundamental to fight against buissiness-as-usual, societal inertia (resistance to change), and conservative forces, as well as the familiar trap: status guo. And, it is time to make these changes in your life, and act right now!
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