Department of Information Science and Media Studies

Visuals Futures of the Media

News organizations are frequently used as testbeds for new technologies. Journalists and audiences are challenged to sort out the truthfulness of images and videos. Deepfakes, parallel realities and surveillance from above transform our experiences with visuals in the news media

ViSmediakonferansen 2020

Welcome to the conference Visuals Futures of the Media on March 24. By focusing on scenario development, researchers from Norway, Finland and the US invite you to experience risks and opportunities of emerging visual technologies in the news media. Three main scenarios will be presented at the conference. The first scenario concerns ubiquitous news surveillance from above. The second scenario focuses on alternative truths in politics, exemplified by the coming US Elections. Finally, the third scenario envisions experimental teaching and learning through VR in higher education.

The scenarios are based on comprehensive research, and will be framed by visual student experiments. Each session is followed by a short interactive panel discussion with researchers and media professionals. The interactive panels will be moderated by Hilde Sandvik. Conference host is Øyvind Vågnes, UiB.

The conference lasts from 10:00 to 15:15, including a Black Mirror Surprise. From 15:15 to 16:30 there will be a conversational reception with student demos and posters at the Museum showroom next to the Aula.

The event is organized by NCEMedia and the ViSmedia project, Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen. The event is funded by NCE Media and the Norwegian Research Council and is carried out in accordance with the framework for responsible research and innovation (RRI) under the research program SAMANSVAR.


Conference host: Øyvind Vågnes

09.00 - 10.00 Registration, fruits and coffee/tea
10.00 - 10.10 Opening by Margareth Hagen, Pro-rector, University of Bergen (EN)
10.10 - 10.25 Back to the Future - the Role of Scenarios by Åke Refsdal Moe, Innovation Norway (EN)
10.25 - 10.40 Visual Journalism as Remote Piloting by Astrid Gynnild, University of Bergen (EN)

10.40 - 10.50 Conversational break

Scenario I: Ubiquitous News Surveillance from Above
10.50 - 10.55 
Video by students, University of Bergen
10.55 - 11.10 Imaging responsible aerial storytelling by Turo Uskali, University of Juvaskylaa (EN)
11.10 - 11.25 Surveilling Climate Change from Above by Paul C. Adams, University of Texas (EN)
11.25 - 11.40 Traffic Surveillance as Entertainment and Activism by Thomas Wold, Nord University (EN)
11.40 - 12.00 Interactive panel discussion. Moderated by Hilde Sandvik (EN)

12.00 - 12.45 Conversational lunch

Scenario II: Visualizing Alternative Truths
12.45 - 12.50 
Video by students, University of Bergen
12.50 - 13.05 Developing Deepfake Scenarios in the Election Context by Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University (EN)
13.05 - 13.15 Ethical Implications of Deepfakes in the Election Context by Deborah G. Johnson, University of Virginia (EN)
13.15 - 13.35 Interactive panel discussion. Moderated by Hilde Sandvik (EN)

13.35 - 13.50 Break

Scenario III: Experimental Learning in Immersive Environments

13.50 - 13.55 Video by students, University of Bergen
13.55 - 14.10 Innovation Pedagogy for Experimental Journalism by Lars Nyre, University of Bergen (EN)
14.10 - 14.25 Virtual Reality as a Metamedium by Joakim Vindenes, University of Bergen (EN)
14.25 - 14.40 TBA
14.40 - 15.00 Interactive panel discussion. Moderated by Hilde Sandvik (EN)
15.00 - 15.15 Black Mirror Surprise!
15.15 - 16.30 Conversational reception with student demos/posters, drinks and surprises at the Museum Showroom