Networked Urban Mobilities was the 2014 conference of the Cosmobilities network – an international network of researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working with mobilities. The focus is to broaden and connect the studies of movements and communication in a globalized world. That is, the accelerated circulation of data, people, animals, plants, objects and materials via a rising number of infrastructures and technologies.
For the conference Diakron curated the ‘Mobile Art Exhibition’ featuring work by Antonia Hernandez (CA), Jen Southern & Chris Speed (UK), Lee Lee (US) Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel (AT) and Allan Sekula & Noel Burch (US) as well as a collaboration between Rhei (US/DK) and Diakron (DK). The exhibition brought together research practices in arts and social sciences, with an aim of adding creative and aesthetic layers to the multidisciplinary field of mobilities research. Diakron also hosted a walkthrough of the exhibition, and a panel conversation following it.
The exhibition focused on bringing forth the methodological dimensions of the artistic research projects. The practices installed on-going work through various forms of visual media, and established invitations to participate in or experience artistic methodologies. Furthermore the panel conversations narrated differential roles of artistic research practices in an academic field with a growing focus on transdisciplinary collaborations and projects. Some of the main topics where the role of methods as both starting points, ongoing reflections over choices and results of research processes, the power open-ended and creative questioning, and the ethical implications of different types of practices working with both “white” and “dark” magic in critical fields.
Moving in Multiple Directions at Once was the title of the collaborative work between Rhei and Diakron for the exhibition. The project explored new directions for the field of mobilities research. Influenced by the concept of the Anthropocene era, the research process and the research itself attempted to destabilize or decentre common human subjectivity by exploring patterns of individual fragmentation and emerging collectivities. In line with mobilities research, the project looked to further ideas connected not just with moving as one self, but as multitudes together with multiplicities.