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Kerstin Hamilton

Doctoral student

Kerstin Hamilton
Doctoral student
kerstin.hamilton@akademinvaland.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 132, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg


Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg
www.akademinvaland.gu.se
info@akademinvaland.gu.se
Fax: +46(0)31786 51 19

Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Kerstin Hamilton

Kerstin Hamilton is a photography-based visual artist living in Gothenburg. Her research project "Exploring Experimental Documentary" will be developed as part of the PhD program at the Valand Academy.

Hamilton is interested in how materialities and processes can be caught using a camera, exploring the photographer’s reach both physically and ethically. The research is carried out using a method of field work and interdisciplinary collaborations with natural scientists in the field of nano technology.

It is an exploration of the (micro)scopic, architectural, economic and human landscapes of science laboratories, connecting molecules to larger societal structures. Terms such as choreography, representation and speculation will be highlighted in this investigation of nano technological environments, making links between nano technology and documentary photography.

Nano particles are on the scale of a billionth of a meter, where biological processes can be interpreted as technology and quantum physics provides the logical framework. The quantum context suggests that there is not one real, or true, way of understanding. “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real”, as put by Nils Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum theory.

In order for us to experience the nano worlds, we have to image and imagine the nanoscale particles – representations are our only link to these miniature landscapes. Likewise, photographs have since the invention of photography been used to represent places and processes different from the one’s where the viewing of the photograph takes place.

In Nanosocieties and Beyond, nanotechnological laboratories are to an extent regarded as metaphors to discuss questions of representation and photography. Using the laboratory both physically and as a symbol, the level of abstraction involved in any form of photography is made explicit. The research will explore the potential of photography in relation to “the real”. How can photography be used to engage with the times where we find ourselves? Can we trust the representations? Does it matter?

Previous works by Hamilton include ethnographically inspired projects, tracing global capital flows and labour practices in a Sri Lankan fishing village and in a Swedish mining community, as well as charting the routines at a maternity hospital in Dublin.

One of the main outcomes of the research so far is the film Zero Point Energy (2016) which was part of The New Human exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö.

An excerpt from the film is available here: https://vimeo.com/173444791.

 

 

Research areas

Latest publications

Zero Point Energy
Kerstin Hamilton
Moderna Museet, Malmö, part of the exhibition The New Human: Knock, Knock is Anyone Home? (Opened 2016-02-26) A-Venue, Gothenburg, part of the exhibition The Research Show and talk. (Opened 2016-04-06) Moderna Museet, Stockholm, part of the exhibition The New Human. (Opened 2016-05-20) Chalmers University of Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Areas of Advance, Uddevalla, screening and talk (2016-08-23) Galleri Format, Malmö, part of the exhibition Floating Point. (Opened 2016-11-12) Art Division, Stockholm School of Economics, exhibition and lunch talk. (Opened 2016-12-05), Artwork 2016
Artwork

The String of Pearls
Kerstin Hamilton
Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland and Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Nanosamhällen
Kerstin Hamilton
Tekniska museet, Stockholm, Sweden and presentations at a selection of secondary and high schools in Västra Götalandsregionen, Artwork 2015
Artwork

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2016

Zero Point Energy
Kerstin Hamilton
Moderna Museet, Malmö, part of the exhibition The New Human: Knock, Knock is Anyone Home? (Opened 2016-02-26) A-Venue, Gothenburg, part of the exhibition The Research Show and talk. (Opened 2016-04-06) Moderna Museet, Stockholm, part of the exhibition The New Human. (Opened 2016-05-20) Chalmers University of Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Areas of Advance, Uddevalla, screening and talk (2016-08-23) Galleri Format, Malmö, part of the exhibition Floating Point. (Opened 2016-11-12) Art Division, Stockholm School of Economics, exhibition and lunch talk. (Opened 2016-12-05), Artwork 2016
Artwork

2015

The String of Pearls
Kerstin Hamilton
Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland and Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Nanosamhällen
Kerstin Hamilton
Tekniska museet, Stockholm, Sweden and presentations at a selection of secondary and high schools in Västra Götalandsregionen, Artwork 2015
Artwork

2014

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