As part of the first ECA Alumni Micro-Residencies, funded by the Devolved Researcher Fund at the Institute of Academic Development, Rocio von Jungenfeld (who graduated in 2008 with an MSc in Design and Digital Media and in 2016 with a PhD in Design) returned to share her experience and knowledge with current students. The workshop she carried out was based around Polynesian stick-chart maps. The stick-chart maps produced by workshop participants was presented during ECA’s Art Festival show.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a media researcher and creative practitioner interested in media practices in public space and in the changing textural qualities of surfaces and environments.

What did you study at Edinburgh?

I first studied Design and Digital Media - MSc (supported by a TALENTIA scholarship, Junta de Andalucia, Spain) and I later did a PhD where I investigated the creative potential of portable projectors and walking practices in public space.

What have you been doing since leaving ECA?

I have been on an artist residency, sailing to the Azores with the Clipperton Project, and soon I will be moving to Canterbury to join the University of Kent, taking an appointment as Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.

What will you be doing during your Micro-Residency?

The Micro-Residency is in collaboration with David Strang (Plymouth University) and Vincent Van Uffelen (a London-based artist).

David, Vincent and I will be working on our research project "flowing with the city" which explores how a low-tech navigation method such as the Polynesian stick-charts can be re-appropriated to make the complexity of the flows of our cities more accessible. For this we have organised three activities: A visit to the National Museum Scotland (to see Polynesian objects), a seminar to discuss our creative and research trajectories, and a workshop to design and build stick-charts and three-dimensional maps

We hope it will enable us to develop and test a workshop framework which we are planning to run in other teaching and research contexts such as conferences and community projects.

Do you have any advice for people interested in what you do?

If you are interested in researching media and arts you should consider establishing collaborations with like-minded people, whether from your own institution or further afield. Creative research collaborations are rewarding experiences where you share knowledge with others.