Notions of a hybrid

Linda Shamma östrand
University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Sweden

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Ingår i: On the Move: ACSIS conference 11-13 June Norrköping; Sweden 2013

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 95:16, s. 143-157

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Publicerad: 2014-01-17

ISBN: 978-91-7519-563-6

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Hybridity is a prismatic concept that can be applied in several areas. However; the term has not yet been implemented discursively in the art and design field; nationally or internationally. The visual character of the hybrid is important because it deals with basic issues in the form field that have; until now; been reluctant to thorough description in terms of theory. The hybrid figure reveals and demystifies conventional notions that generally form the basis of image- and form- building processes. This combination provides opportunity to express and articulate distinctions between forms. In this way we can get a glimpse of how we value forms and thus raise awareness of overlooked issues previously perceived as controversial. Among them the idea of the existence of pure (unmixed) or impure (mixed) gestures and that the figures may appear to be frightening or monstrous in that they are not established. The purpose of this paper is to highlight some insights drawn from my artistic practice and the overall project “Notions of a hybrid”. The project aims to reflect on how the terms hybrid; hybridity; and hybridization can help to visualize inarticulate thoughts on how we evaluate and categorize the forms that have not yet been assigned an identity.


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Anckarsvärd; Jakob; “ÄGD at Studio 44”; article in The Arts (Konsten): journal on contemporary Arts; 2013-03-19.

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Lecture (2013): “On hybridity”; lecture on how artistic practices can be used to explore new cultura mand social phenomena; by Linda Shamma Östrand; “Intercultural communication” (mastercourse 7;5 hp.); KTH/CSC; Stockholm; 28/2.

Lecture (2013): “Working with concepts”; lecture on how to use concepts as tools in artistic practices by Linda Shamma Östrand; “Language and Material” (mastercourse 7;5 hp.); Konstfack; Stockholm; 4/3.

Lecture (2012): Lecture on artistic practice given by Linda Shamma Östrand at “Forskarfredag”. Event coordinated by Association Science & the Public (Vetenskap & Allmänhet; VA) and supported financially by the European Commission (EU-kommissionen); the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and VINNOVA. Debaser Medis; Stockholm; 28/9.

Lecture (2012): “All that was left ...” / “Our inexorable quest on the original form” lecture on the origins and originality by Linda Shamma Östrand and Frida Hållander; workshop at Lund University; Tornblad Institute - Embryo-logical Department; Lund; 26-27 /1.

Lecture (2011): “Notions of a hybrid” (2011); lecture by Linda Shamma Östrand; “Research Inquiry” (mastercourse 7;5 hp.); Konstfack; Stockholm; 15/11.

Lecture (2011): “Modus operandi – studies on forensic narrative”; lecture by Linda Shamma Östrand followed by conversation along with Sven-Olof Sandqvist; criminal investigator at the police’s technical squad in Gävle and Nina Weibull; art curator at Stockholm University; Konstfack; Stockholm; 08/12.

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Nestor; Linnéa; “Contemporary art meets local history (hembygd)”; Vimmerby tidning; 2013-07-04.

Public call (2010): “Jewelry in a political context “ conversation on the Middle East conflict arranged by the international exhibition project I Care A Lot; and Platina Gallery; Stockholm; 03/7.

Public call (2010): KONSTLAB; "What is held in memory of the projects that did not happen?"

Lecture by Linda Shamma Östrand on Artistic Development project "Hybridity through artistic practice". Arranged by Atalante in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg; Atalante; Gothenburg; 21/03.

Public call (2010): “Betweenship in Sweden today”; presentation on “On the origin of Oophaga vicentei × Oophaga pumilio” and “Oophaga vicentei ×Oophaga pumilio” at Multicultural centre; Fittja; Sweden; 24 /10.

Olofsson; Anders; ”Vårsalongen 2010 at Konstfack”; Konsten.net; 2010-05-23.

“Notions of a hybrid”; MIX: The magazine for colour; design & trends from global color research; 2010 nr. 21; London.

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Radio Call (2010): Swedish Radio P3 Culture; “For Sweden - With the times”; conversations about the Swedish traditions and monarchy with Linda Shamma Ostrand; Patrik Söderstam; Mia Lindgren and David Frimark; by Johanna Koljonen. Stockholm; SVR P3;15/7.

Radio Call (2009): Swedish Radio P1: Tendens;"Where are you from dear friend?"; about growing up as children of parents from two different countries; with Linda Shamma Östrand; Angelica Tibblin Chen and Jesper Hiro; by Cecilia Mora; Stockholm; SVR P1; 14/12.

Seminar (2012): conversation and artist talk on the concept of folklore (hembygd) and how it connects to our understanding of local history; tradition and place. Arranged by ÄGD konst – hembygd – identitet; in conversation with Jan Nordwall; General Secretary of the Swedish Local Heritage Federation; Magnus Bons; art critic; Nicholas Smith; associate professor of philosophy at Södertörn University; Tove Stenius pole. Laws. at Lund University. Älvsjö; 24/10; 28/10.

Seminar (2012): seminar on artistic methods by Leif Dahlberg and Linda Shamma Östrand (Phd. Course Research Methods in Media Technology and Human-Computer Interaction); CSC/KTH; Stockholm; 12/11.

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Tonström; Eva; “Local history (hembygd) ­– updated”; Tidningen Liljeholmen Älvsjö; 2012; nr. 42.

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