Background and activities

PhD Candiate at the Department of Art and Media Studies. Connected to the work package Museums: Big Data, digital storytelling and digitized museums in the KULMEDIA project Digitization and diversity - potentials and challenges for diversity in the culture and media sector.

Master of Aesthetical studies (2011) and Bachelors of Arts (2008) from the University of Oslo

Academic interests:

  • Photographic media
  • Selfie culture
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Digitization

PhD project: On the Matter of Participation

The thesis concerns participation and digitization, both of which are notions that have come to be pivotal in the museum sector. From a critical perspective, the thesis argues the contemporary participation paradigm to be anthropocentric and normative, as it focuses on – and favors – the observable activity of museum visitors. Moreover, prevailing understandings of participation largely concern how digital technologies facilitate visitor activity in tool-like manners. Aiming to illuminate what might be overlooked or obfuscated by equating participation with human activity, the thesis proposes an expanded understanding of participation, which acknowledges the participatory contribution of nonhumans.

In two case studies of artworks as they appear in both analog and digitized states, attention is directed toward the diverse forms of activity generated by the artworks as such and by the technologies and environments through which they are mediated. Crucial in this thesis is a consideration of digital technologies and platforms not as inert tools, but as active participants in the encounters between museum visitors and works of art. From a perspective of aesthetics understood as sense perception (aisthesis), the thesis is especially concerned with what digitization may contribute to aesthetic encounters between museum visitors and artworks in terms of difference, divergence or variance. Therefore, the analytical point of departure is the following research question: How, and to what extent, does digitization contribute to diversify relations between human and nonhuman participants, including their modes of participating, in onsite and online aesthetic encounters?

In this thesis, the key contribution to participation discourse is the development of the conceptual framework of the “participation nexus”. The participation nexus is a relational network of theoretical concepts: agency, affordance, atmosphere and affect. Developed to aid in the analysis of participatory processes, the participation nexus contributes to articulate the multidirectional relations between museums, museum visitors and museum objects, as well as the technologies and environments which mediate and shape aesthetic encounters. Through the participation nexus, the contemporary participation paradigm is challenged, and attention is paid toward the diverse ways in which digital technologies may facilitate, but also shape and transform, the encounters they are part of.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Ogundipe, Anne. (2019) Kunsten i landskapet Internett. Det var jo ingen horisont der: Mjøsa – et kunstprosjekt 2016-2018.

Report/dissertation

  • Ogundipe, Anne. (2019) On the Matter of Participation. Examining a Nexus of Agency, Affordance, Atmosphere and Affect in Onsite and Online Art Museum Environments. 2019.