the workstation

proposal: the workstation

The workstation invites citizens in Malmo to remediate immigrant women’s stories by uniting mental and manual skills: writing and thinking. The pencil in the hand of the user becomes the bridge between the imagining mind and the storytelling from the immigrant women. It is only through the unity of mind and the hand that communication can be fully realised.


The workstation consists of a booth where people can listen to immigrant women’s stories and contribute by transcribing the stories into a History Book. Each audio recording is split into different fragments, which are transcribed by different people. The transcription process is recorded in video, gathering the different fragment together. Once one story is completely transcribed the workstation puts together the audio from the original recording and the video of the actual transcription. The resulting video is immediately projected in one of the sides of station and uploaded to the website. For the technical part Arduino, Processing software, and FFmpeg software were used to create the stop motion movies and display them on a screen built into the machine.


The station, the book, the video and the website highlight the multiple essences and roles in the shaping history, emphasising how the hand, the eye and mind fusion are essential for dexterity and how ultimately the body and the senses play a crucial role in the collective memory.





Field Work, Workshops, Walks, Talks, Interviews, Recordings, Maps, Cultural Proves


Brainstorming, Bodystorming, Research, Visualization


Arduino, Coding, Carpentry, Laser Cutting, Book Binding, Web Design

it's all in me

it's all in me
Remediating immigrant women’s stories 

The presence of immigrant women in the history of Malmö has been virtually non-existent throughout the past 100 years. The life and work of these women seem to be invisible in the writing of public memory, even though their existence has played a crucial part in the development of Malmö. “IT’S ALL IN ME” is an attempt to reshape this historical oversight and bring about a collective awareness of the immigrant women living in Malmö. The project is simple – we ask the public to listen to their stories and then write them down. The idea is to make history writing a collaborative process that is ongoing and growing by every contribution of the people of Malmö.



The project that led to IT’S ALL IN ME was initiated by Parvin Ardalan and Erling Björgvinsson. The goal of the project was to design a method for collecting, remediating and archiving the work and lives of immigrant women and make them visible to the public.

We met two such women who generously shared their stories with us. Through conversation over drinks, through the crafting of migration maps and through long walks in the city of Malmö amazing accounts from their past and present lives were unfolded to us.

We audio recorded most of our activities with the women, mostly as a form of documentation instead of taking notes, but also as a material for prototyping and developing our concept. We spent hours listening to these recordings, to the women’s voices and their stories. Some of us started writing down what was being said, so we could remember and recite different parts of the stories to our fellow team members. In doing so, we discovered that transcribing the words of the women’s voices was a powerful, intimate and transformative experience. We were listening to their stories through our ears, through our bodies and through our hands. We were manifesting their history in our own unique handwriting. It was simple, inspiring and beautiful – the concept for IT’S ALL IN ME was born.



School of Arts and Communication (K3) > Faculty of Culture and Society > Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.

Time & Location

March 2015. Malmö, Sweden



This project was carried out during the Collaborative Media course led by Erling Björgvinsson, Mahmoud Keshavarz and Maria Engberg, as part of the Interaction Design Master Course of the School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University, Malmö Sweden



Feminist Dialog, Women Making HERstory, Living Archives and Malmö University.


Transversal Team

Made in collaboration with Fanny Tachtler, Martin Krogh Mattuck, Anna Navndrup, Simon Theis Hansen and Ida Pettersson.



Collaborative Media Design, Grassroots Media Design, Participatory Design, User Experience, Place-Centric Computing, Media Activism, Site-Specific Media Art, Participatory Media, Field Study, Digital Legacy


Embodied Collaborative Remediation by Isabel Valdés Marín

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