With the Virtual Knowledge Studio, part of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, I developed the workshop Can You See What I Know (CYSWIK), which was taking place at the Amsterdam cross media event PicNic (CYSWIK@PICNIC). We found out that when focusing on knowledge production there are two dimensions crucial: between experiencing and producing knowledge in the personal and/or the collective sphere; between knowledge appreciated in an instrumental way and appreciated as a value in itself. Also it was realized during this workshop that where science creates technology, also technology creates science by now. This has impact on how the humanities and social sciences can and will conduct research. Visualizing knowledge appears to be a deep part of the creation of knowledge.
In Keho, the presence magazine that is published on the Internet, I wrote a report about the CYSWIK workshop. When creating and orchestrating mediated presence, it is mostly the visualization of data that is experienced. In these visualizations certain interests are magnified, while others are put in the background. Moreover, visualization often excludes the representation of uncertainties and ambiguities while failure by design is a vital dynamic of many processes. Taking the perspective that knowledge production evolves in social interaction, presence technologies face the challenge of facilitating expressions and exchanges of many kinds of pleasant and unpleasant knowledge produced by people: cognitive, emotional, physical, social and tacit.
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