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 spring/summer of 2021. 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 huge 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 affective forecasting, self experienced confessions, retrospective reflections, forecasting, and at times it is simply a result of pure fictional creativity, and contemplations. The author's greatest motivation for creating these short texts, is to share experiences, 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 above under the title "Confessional Fiction: Short Texts", and the under title; "The Past Can Bite Like a Snake (2036)". I hope you will find something meaningful, and familiar to your own visual imaginary, in these confessional, and fictional endeavors. The author strongly believe that something good and wise can arise from darkness, and unexpectedly start to twist and blast and tease everyones positivity nerve. Ignite your curiousity. It is the perfect novelty of every emotional beginning whether it's dark, or light. Will you come along for a guided tour in darkness, and joyfulness? In your darkest room: let the sunrays gently hit you!
THE PAST CAN BITE LIKE A SNAKE - THE GLOBAL NERVE OF HOPE - SHAKY WORLD, DIAMOND HEADS - MYSTERIES BELLOW, STARS ABOVE - NEW YORK IN OSLO - UNIVERSAL LOVE - SNOWFALL TENDERNESS - THUNDERING SPEECHLESS - WATCHING STARS WITHOUT YOU - AN EARTHWHILE - ORBITING IN A THEORETICAL SPACE - MOON TRAVEL - HIT BY STARDUST - PLAYING FETCH WITH THE UNIVERSE - AT DRIFT FOR A RISING SUN - WINTER HARMONY - LOVE FOR ASTRONAUTS - A SONG FOR DROWNING CITIES - DO NO HARM TO THE GALAXY - ROOFLESSNESS - NO PLACE FOR MICHELANGELO SOULS - DEEP WATER RESCUE ACT - STEEL THE MOON, MOVE THE EARTH - WHEN THE SUN AND THE MOON CONVERGE AGAIN - PAST TIMES' MELANCHOLY - AN UNUSUAL ACT OF PATIENCE - TWO HALF MOONS - DAWNFALL HAPPINESS - A HOUSE OF BEWILDERED DREAMS - EARTH MIRROR - KISSING EARTH AGAIN - I'LL HOLD YOUR HAND IF THE SUN EXPLODES - AN AGNOSTISIAN'S TALE - UNCOMMON STUPIDITY - TO WALK LIKE RAIN - DEEP WATERS, WILD MOUNTAINS - SPRING DECEIVE - SUMMER COCTAILS - AS THE EARTH TURNS, AND THE SEASONS SHIFTS - FASTER THAN LIGHT TRAVEL - LOST IN A SNOWFILLED SKY - WATCHING YOU SOFTLY - THE WISPHERING OF MARCH - TO SUFFER FOR GRACE AND VIRTUE - AN INFINITE SKY SHIVERS IN ITS SORE DISTANCE - IMPROMPTU LOVE - OF NIGHTFALL AND SUNRISE - A SEVENTH SENSE FOR RARE AND ABSURD DISASTERS - TAILORED IMPERFECTIONS - ALL THE STARS SHINES UPON YOU - THE SMELL OF DREAMS IN THE NIGHT - ILLUMINATING REDNESS - THE OCEAN IN OUR ARMS - A TOKEN WISDOM FROM AN UNLIKELY CATASTROPHE - TAKE THE SUN HOME, AND LEAVE THE NIGHT - THE KEY THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE - AN UNFAMILIAR TRADEGY - IF THE DAYS TURNS EVIL - I BELIEVE IN YOUR STILL EYES - THE END OF THE WORLD, AND NOTHING ELSE - AESTHETICAL LIES, AND UNAESTHETICAL FLOWERS - A REEDEMING ACT OF LOVE - SMACKED BY SUNRAYS - ASK THE ORACLE, BLAME THE WIND - UNCOUNT THE STARS - FLYING FREELY IN A WEIGHTLESS SPACE - TRUE MOON, FALSE SUN - TROPICAL DISASTERS AND OTHER UNNECESSARY TALES - BORN INTO WINTER DARKNESS - APART FROM SUNLIGHT - ALL RIVERS WILL EVENTUALLY FLOW BACK TO ITS ORIGIN - TO STIR UP A STURDY OCEAN - A MANUAL FOR EXPLODING STARS - I SEE YOU IN EVERY STAR OF THE UNIVERSE
*Note: hopefully these fictional and confessional short texts will be available in book form, 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...