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Ragnhild Solberg

PhD Candidate, games and digital culture
  • E-mailRagnhild.Solberg@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

My PhD project studies representations and functions of machine vision technologies (such as augmented and virtual reality, biometrics, ocular implants, drones, etc.) in digital games. Machine vision can be directed to the player (e.g., in dance games where the camera registers your body’s movement and matches this to its preconfigured parameters) or to the player character (usually in science fiction and as a part of the virtual environment). The first part of the project aims at cataloguing and analyzing agents and actions in machine vision situations, seen in a database at machine-vision.no. The second part more closely examines two common machine vision representations in games – surveillance cameras and holograms – to see how games can investigate the hybridity and distribution of vision, control, memory, and agents through technological mediation because they both thematize and simulate these processes. The PhD project is part of the larger digital humanities ERC research project Machine Vision in Everyday Life: Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Media at the University of Bergen.

Visiting researcher at NTNU, spring 2021: https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/ragnhss

Selected publications
  • Solberg, Ragnhild. 2021. Hologrammer i grenseland: Ikke‑menneskelige aktørers tilstedeværelse og handlingsrom i spill. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 28. 20 pages. doi: 10.18261/ISSN.0805-9535-2021-04-03
  • Solberg, Ragnhild. 2020. Uncovering Machine Vision in Videogames. DiGRA proceedings.
  • Cowan, Yuri; Solberg, Ragnhild. 2013. Playing Puppets: Agency, Immersion, and the Fictional Realities of Sabbath's Theater and Portal. NTNU, Trondheim. 56 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Representations of Machine Vision Technologies in Artworks, Games and Narratives: Documentation of a Dataset. Data in Brief.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Playing posthumanism: Cyborg visions, non-human agency, and playing with digital games.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Immersion by proxy: Imaginaries of virtual reality in digital games.
  • Show author(s) (2022). (Always) Playing the Camera: Cyborg Vision and Embodied Surveillance in Digital Games. Surveillance & Society. 142-156.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Identifying, Deceiving, Protecting and Hunting: What Fictional Machines and Humans Do with Machine Vision Technologies.

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