Ulrik Ekman
Ulrik Ekman

Associate Professor

Current research

Ulrik Ekman is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Ekman’s main research interests are in the fields of cybernetics and ICT, the network society, new media art, critical design and aesthetics, as well as recent cultural theory. He is currently the head of the Nordic research network “The Culture of Ubiquitous Information” with more than 150 participating researchers. Ekman is currently involved in the publication of Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture (Routledge, forthcoming 2015), a comprehensive anthology treating the question whether and how the development of network societies with a third wave of computing may have emerge another kind of technocultural complexity. Ekman’s publications include research articles and chapters such as  “Of the Untouchability of Embodiment I: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Relational Architectures." C-Theory (2012), “Irreducible Vagueness: Augmented Worldmaking in Diller & Scofidio’s Blur Building.” Postmodern Culture  19.2, and “Of Transductive Speed – Stiegler.” Parallax 13.4. He is also the editor of Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing (MIT Press, 2013).

Fields of interest

Waste, garbage, trash, environmentalism, immanent critique of contemporary consumer societies.

Complex and critical design in the expanded field, digital humanities, ubiquitous computing, network societies, smart cities, information culture, digitalization and convergence, Internet culture, new media, installation and media art, media aesthetics, cultural theory, philosophies of difference, problematizations of representation, pragmatism, performativity and interactivity, approaches to affect, emotion, and passion, sensation and sense, embodiment and posthumanity, life world and technology.


I teach in several fields, i.e., design, digital theory and practice, visual culture, cultural theory, information culture, digital aesthetics and communication. Current themes: Cultural theory and visual cultures; The modern and the late modern city; Smart cities; Rubbish culture and sustainability; Media esthetics; The theory and practice of digital visual culture; Design history, design theory, and design analysis; Design and everyday culture.

Primary fields of research

Design theory, design history, design culture, design analysis, digital design, interaction design, experience design, webdesign, cultural theory, visual culture, information culture, digital theory and practice, media aesthetics, media art, software studies, ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, ambient intelligence, context-awareness, smart cities, rubbish theory, sustainability.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing

    Ekman, Ulrik (ed.), 2012, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 664 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The Uncertain Image

    Ekman, Ulrik (ed.), Agostinho, Daniela (ed.), Thylstrup, N. (ed.) & Veel, Kristin (ed.), 29 Nov 2018, London: Routledge. 112 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Smart City Planning: Complexity

    Ekman, Ulrik, 20 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of E-Planning Research. 7, 3, p. 1-21 21 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture

    Ekman, Ulrik (ed.), Bolter, J. D. (ed.), Diaz, L. (ed.), Engberg, M. (ed.) & Søndergaard, M. (ed.), 15 Dec 2015, New York: Routledge. 440 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Censorkorpset, kunsthistorie (External organisation)

    Ekman, Ulrik (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Digital Creativity (Journal)

    Ekman, Ulrik (Editor)
    1 Jun 20171 Oct 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

  3. EU Horizon2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (External organisation)

    Ekman, Ulrik (Member)
    15 Oct 201815 Dec 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

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