IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen /
By Ingrid Katrine Amundsen
Work in progress...
I am Ingrid Katrine Amundsen and I run IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen, at iart.no. I am an educated architect and human geographer. As a photographer I am, however, self-thought. I am inspired by making knowledge more accessible. It should be an easy read, even though the urgent issues that are brought to attention, may have thrilling complexities. In writing about complex matters, the author always seeks to make a system account on rather hot issues. Examples of matters that I discuss may be embedded in cultural, psychological, economic, environmental or technological fields of research, e.g. compassion, creativity, and young climate strikers, deforestation, wind turbines, innovation or art. This is sought by placing the chosen problem(s) or hypothesis into a broader context. Whether these broader frameworks are historical, environmental, societal, geographical or institutional, a system approach it is. However, the core intellectual and creative process at this website can be summarized as this: I write to learn, and I learn as I write!
Nevertheless, the bird's-eye perspective of the chosen frameworks needs to be taken into account, to encourage a deeper understanding of a singular or more case(s). And finally, to criticise the complexities of a system, there has to be a dialogue between the case(s) and the system(s). It is also fundamental to have an an unexpected theoretical turn, to transform the suggested theories into exciting and passionate knowledge. This is acheived by emphasizing on a system understanding, and an interdisciplinary methodological approach! If not always a radical interdisciplinary perspective, the author most certainly, aim at having an interdisciplinary approach in her essays and texts. Indeed, the academic essays and texts at this web portal, seeks to be creative and is constructed intuitively and organically, in one or multiple flows. This webpage is, however, also an academic diary, since, the author is also inspired by fictional texts and confessional expressions. The use of the diary at this web portal is mostly in the short texts, such as e.g. "The Past Can Bite Like a Snake", and in the academic essays with preludes and postludes, but also as metaphors in most of the titles in the dropdown. This, to emphasize on engaging the reader and make the academic essays and texts, even more accessible. I write about extistential matters and urgent issues, that regards all of us, matters that are close to our hearts and fascinates our mindsets. Altogether, the different approaches that I use, adds to the accessibility of knowledge, which communicates to a broader audience: in sum, a democratization of knowledge.
We all have our responsiblity to tell and express our stories, the stories of the world, and support each other's stories. At this webpage I have chosen to rise the awareness about deaf people and their language in Norway, and tell their story. Reduced hearing or lack of hearing can affect everyone of us, at all stages of our lives. To mark this, each intellectual text and essay is assigned with videos with examples of the Norwegian Sign Language (NSL). The opening of each essay has keywords in NSL, that underscores and amplifies, the embodied meaning of each academic essay, paper, or text. This, to support and to share the story of my fellow sisters and brothers who are deaf; their fight for equality, and their battle to be fully recognized in our Norwegian society for their stories. Also, to mark their vital contribution to our common semantic, historical, and cultural heritage. NSL has a 200 year old history in Norway, and it is recognized as a Norwegian communicative and official language. To emphasise on the communicative power of NSL, a brief introduction interview at this webpage about NSL in NSL, will be displayed here at this website. NSL is, altogether, the integrated use or dance of body language, facial expressions, and signs done by the hands. In short, to go further into these urgent historical, semantic and cultural matters, an interview on NSL will be uploaded during the winter of 2022. Also, text will be added, for those who have not yet become familiar with the story, culture, and beauty of communicating with the official NSL. And, of course, since each country generally have their own sign language. I also want to make a personal contribution, by writing an essay on "Sign Languages as a Cultural Expression", due to be finished in 2028. It is time to share, watch and learn!
As a continuance of the intellectual texts and metaphors used at this webpage, the author has planned to experiment with her deep hunger for written English by diving into the unknown, such as to explore confessional and fictional short texts. These short texts is a combinatory of self-experienced confessions, affective forecasting, retrospective reflections, self-therapeutical intentions, and simply trust in the future. But, even though some of the emotions are personal and genuine, most of the texts are simply a result of pure fictional creativity, and imaginary, that means that the characters and plots are all fictional. No one are to blame! After all, the author's greatest motivation for creating these short texts, is to share experiences, magic, fictional tales, imaginaries, common, and usable to mankind. However, I am new to these kinds of literary explorations, so be patient, kind, and look upon these with unjudging eyes, and excitement. To get you started, an example of the language style and form, is available in the menu bar; "Confessional Fiction: Short Texts", and the title; "The Past Can Bite Like a Snake (2017)". I hope you will find something meaningful, and familiar to your own visual imaginary, in these confessional, but most of all fictional endeavors. The author strongly believe that something good and wise can arise from darkness, and unexpectedly start to twist and blast and tease everyone's positivity nerve. Ignite your curiosity. It is the perfect novelty of every emotional beginning whether it's dark, or light. Let's start the process of spreading a little bit of magic and compassion, empathy and love to you and the world. Will you come along for a magical tour in darkness, and joyfulness? In your darkest room: let the sunrays gently hit you!
TAKE ME TO YOUR DARKEST SPACE - THE PAST CAN BITE LIKE A SNAKE - SHAKY WORLD, DIAMOND HEADS - THE GLOBAL NERVE OF HOPE - MYSTERIES BELOW, STARS ABOVE - NEW YORK IN OSLO - SNOWFALL TENDERNESS - A TOKEN WISDOM FROM AN UNLIKELY CATASTROPHE - KISSING EARTH AGAIN - THUNDERING SPEECHLESS - WATCHING STARS WITHOUT YOU - PLAYING FETCH WITH THE UNIVERSE - PROFESSIONAL DAYDREAMER - AT DRIFT FOR A RISING SUN - WINTER HARMONY - THE NON-ESSENTIAL FLARES TO LIFE - LOVE FOR ASTRONAUTS - NONSENSE AND HER 127 RELATIVES - THE ATHEIST, THE BELIEVER, AND THE AGNOSTICS - A SONG FOR DROWNING CITIES - DO NO HARM TO THE GALAXY - ROOFLESSNESS - DAWNFALL HAPPINESS - NO PLACE FOR MICHELANGELO SOULS - THE RETURN OF THE OCTAGON - AIR DOLPHINS AND WATER ELEPHANTS - IF YOU TWEET, YOU'LL MAKE YOUR SONG HEARD - STEAL THE MOON, MOVE THE EARTH - WHEN THE SUN AND THE MOON CONVERGE AGAIN - PAST TIMES' MELANCHOLY - AN UNUSUAL ACT OF PATIENCE - DEMONS HIDE - TWO HALF MOONS - KIND, KINDER, KINDEST - A HOUSE OF BEWILDERED DREAMS - EGYPTIAN COTTON - I'LL HOLD YOUR HAND IF THE SUN EXPLODES - FROM ONE RAIN DROP TO ANOTHER - IF BITTERSWEET, DON'T LET THE NATURE AT STAKE MAKE YOU CYNICAL AND DISTRUSTFUL - THE GATEWAY OF TRUST AND BELIEF - UNCOMMON STUPIDITY - COVER ME IN STARLIGHT - SEALION - AN IDIOT IS BORN EVERY DAY - TO WALK LIKE RAIN - DEEP WATERS, WILD MOUNTAINS - I SEE YOU IN EVERY STAR OF THE UNIVERSE - INTERPLANETARY LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS - SPRING DECEIVE, SUMMER COCTAILS - AS THE EARTH TURNS, AND THE SEASONS SHIFTS - FASTER THAN LIGHT TRAVEL - LOST IN A SNOWFILLED SKY - THE PRAGMATIST, THE PHLEGMATICIAN, AND THE COUNTERACTERS - HIT BY STARDUST - AN ENIGMATIC FORTRESS - WATCHING YOU SOFTLY - THE WISPHERING OF MARCH - BLIND ALLEYS, HOPEFUL PROMENADES, AND INFINITE AUTOSTRADAS - ORBITING IN A THEORETICAL SPACE - TO SUFFER FOR GRACE AND VIRTUE - YOU CAN BE RECYCLED, SO CAN I - BLURRED FUTURES - MOON TRAVEL - EYES SMACKED BY LIGHTENING - I DROWNED AND DREAMT OF YOU - AN INFINITE STAR SHIVERS IN ITS SORE DISTANCE - I'LL RETURN FROM OUTER SPACE AS A HAPPIER VERSION OF MYSELF SOMEHOW, SOMETIME - SNEAKY TRUTHS - THE GIRL IN THE FISHBOWL - DEEP WATER RESCUE ACT - 500 YEARS OF LONELINESS - AN EARTHWHILE - IF YOU'RE WONDERING, THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE GOT MY BACK COVERED - IMPROMPTU LOVE - AN INSTANTANEOUS WINDOW - THE SPRING AT MY DOOR - A FOOL'S PREY - OF NIGHTFALL AND SUNRISE - ILLUSIONS ON THE HORIZON - TAILORED IMPERFECTIONS - MAYBE, MAYBE-MAYBE-MAYBE, THERE'S A BRIGHT STAR OUT THERE, FOR ME TOO - GRAVITY AND WEIGHTLESSNESS - INCONGRUENT FLOWERS - DO NOT SPEAK AS LOUD AS MY HEART - THREE VERSIONS OF HELL - ARCHITECTURE UNTOLD - NO MASCERADE, NO PARADE - THE END OF THE WORLD, AND NOTHING ELSE - MEDIOCRACY - UNCOUNT THE STARS - TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THUNDER, LIZARDS AND TORNADOS - THE MAGNIFICIENT HEXAGON - ALL THE STARS SHINES UPON YOU - YOU'VE GOT MY WHOLE NERVE SYSTEM BUNDLED UP - BORN INTO WINTER DARKNESS - THE SMELL OF DREAMS IN THE NIGHT - A SEVENTH SENSE FOR RARE AND ABSURD DISASTERS - I JUMPED OFF THE CLIFF INTO UNKNOWN WATERS WITHOUT MY DRIVERS LICENSE, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN ME - THE CAPITALIST, THE MARXIST, AND THE PACIFISTS - IMAGINARY FUTURES - SICK FORESTS, ILL HUMANS - SCARY, SCARIER, SCARIEST - ILLUMINATING REDNESS - THE CITY STREETS ARE KISSED BY LOVERS' FEETS - IF NOT INNOCENT, THEN WISER - THE GLOWING BOILER IN MY BELLY - EARTH MIRROR - THE SINNERS' APPLE, THE JUICY ORANGE, AND THE LOVING PEARS - LISTEN CLOSELY, IF YOU'RE OUT THERE, SOMEWHERE; COLD AND TIRED, I'LL ASK ALL OF THE MIGHTFUL POWER OF THE INFINITE UNIVERSE TO; KINDELY AND SAFELY, GUIDE YOU BACK HOME - CARICATURE MAN - THE OCEAN IN OUR ARMS - SWIMMING INTO THE UNIVERSE - HYPERSONIC TRAVEL - THE RETURN FROM THE MOON - IF RESILIENT, YOU'LL BOUNCE BACK - THE SOARING HOPE IN MY SOUL - TAKE THE SUN HOME, AND LEAVE THE NIGHT - CRUEL EXISTENCE - TECHNO-UTHOPIAN TALES - RUTHLESSNESS - EMASCULATED DIAMOND - ALL RIVERS WILL EVENTUALLY RETURN AS RAIN - I'LL GIVE YOU LIGHTNING, I'LL GIVE YOU THUNDER, JUST THROW IT BACK - THE KEY THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE - LOVE OLYMPICS - THE EXPANDING SOLAR SYSTEM IN MY SOUL - AN UNFAMILIAR TRADEGY - IF THE DAYS TURNS EVIL, I BELIEVE IN YOUR STILL EYES - MASTERS OF FRAUD - PACEMAKERS AND PEACE MAKERS - INTERCALARY GENIUS - ORDINARY JEALOUSY, EXTRAORDINARY BENEVOLENCE - THE GRAVITY OF THE SOLDER - THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN AND MAGICAL TOUCH - MY BRAVERY WILL MAKE YOUR SOUL FLIP - AN UNCONTROLLED UPLIFT - IMAGINE SILK - I'VE BUILT A SURVIVAL SHELTER FOR YOU TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD - THE SUCCESSFUL DOCKING OF A LUNAR ROCKET - AESTHETICAL LIES, AND UNAESTHETICAL FLOWERS - SNAKE BUSINESS - THE TERRIBLE BEAUTY OF LONELY SOULS - FREQUENTLY UNBLESSED - SECRETS FROM EXOPLANETS - QUIRKINESS - MOCKINGBIRDS AND CUNNINGBIRDS - TRIPLE TROUBLE MEN AND THEIR ANCESTORS - ASK THE ORACLE, BLAME THE WIND - AMSTERDAM HEARTBEAT - FROM ALL OF THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE TO YOU - THE JOKER'S GIFT AND THE QUEEN'S ROLLING RESPONSE - SAFETY RULES FOR KINDNESS - IF NOT DRESSED, THEN NAKED - PERIL'S PEAK - I FORSEE THE DARK AHEAD, IF NOTHING ELSE - TO SHIVER FOR MUSIC - DREAMS MAKES SLEEPWALKING FUN - TRUE MOON, FALSE SUN - EARTH, YOU'RE MY SURVIVAL KIT - SHORTCUTS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE - WEAR YOUR SOUL WITH PRIDE - FLYING FREELY IN A WEIGHTLESS SPACE - THE NUMBERPHILE AND HIS GENIAL MATHEMATICAL MISCALCULATION - A MANUAL FOR EXPLODING STARS - WITNESS OF GOOD - WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR TREASURE FEEL LOVED, SAFE AND PROTECTED, SHE SHINES LIKE A PEARL - SING TO THE UNIVERSE - IN MY IMAGINARY, I'VE BEEN ROAMING AROUND THE GLOBE WITHOUT YOU, THIS IS WHAT I SEE - INCAPACITATED HUMAN - THE SINNER'S CRAWL - AN UNWANTED WEATHER FORECAST - TRICKED ONCE, FOOLED TWICE - PERIPHERAL VISIONS - OF TRIANGLES, CIRCLES AND SQUARES - QUESTION THE UNIVERSE, ANSWER WITH LOVE - THE TROUBLEMAKER, THE LAWBREAKER, AND THE RULE MAKERS - I'M AN EXOPLANET - TALES OF EPHEMERAL LOVE AND TALES OF SUBSTANTIAL LOVE - SENSITIVITY IMPRISONS - THE WATER THAT MOLDED THE ROCKS HAS CREATED A PERFECT RIVER - I'LL HOLD MY BREATH AND COUNT TO HUNDRED AGAIN - BRAVE, BRAVER, BRAVEST - WALKING THROUGH CROSSFIRE - STEAL A STAR FROM THE NIGHT SKY - MAX Q AND OTHER DYNAMIC PRESSURES - IF LIFE, THEN HOPE - FALLING INTO YOUR ATMOSPHERE - I'LL GIVE YOU MY POLYGON HEART - CHAMPIONS FROM OUTER SPACE - INTO THE BOUNDRIES OF MAN, AND MOVING ON - SEND IN A STUNT WOMAN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE - I SURRENDER TO THE MEADOWS; WILDFLOWERS IN ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW; HUMMING BEES, AND THE BRIGHT AND STARRY NIGHT SKY ABOVE; I CAN SMELL IT, I SURRENDER - THE NIGHT IS RIPE - FROM THE FIRST SPRING FLOWERS, TILL THE LAST AUTUMN LEAVES - MAY ALL THE FLOWERS IN THE UNIVERSE BLOOM FOR YOU
*Note: hopefully these titles for fictional and confessional short texts, will be fully written and available as a collection of short texts in a volume or in some kind of book arrangement available to the public, soon after its completion.
My devotional interest in academic writing
My interest in academic writing is something that I have nutured from the first days I attended my studies in architecture. I guess I am a writing architect, human geographer and photographer. In my studies I unintentionally sought theory courses with assigned writing tasks. Since my career took a late academic turn; when I started my studies in human geography, I was able to follow my passion for academic writing, fully!
Knowledge & photography
One of my core interests in human geography were complex theoretical essays. Not, that I think that this is the way to write academically! I rather started to pounder on how to make academic writing more accessible, by adding metaphors and a more colourful language, inspired by the visual language of photography.
To make knowledge accessible, the author utilizes core pinciples of open science and radical interdisciplinarity. The core aim of open science is to democraticise knowledge and seek to connect unexpected theories (interdisciplinarity). By using a language that is more colourful than what is expected academically, the aim is to make knowledge a page turner and to excite! The next way to make it more intriguing is to add complexity. And, finally, the author has sought to connect theory that brings new insights and novelties, in which the reader becomes passionate about the questions posed. However, the core principles of a visual spatial approach, equals having a holistic perspective on fundamental matters in theory and in life, or to engage in existential matters, the big questions in research and life.
I will argue that knowledge can be colourful, unexpected, visual, spatial, be questioning, be meaningful, funny, and shine like photographies!
Start with the easiest essay! Or, if you prefer complexity...