Robert Willim

Senior Lecturer


Researcher and teacher in Digital Cultures and European Ethnology. Also active as artist. 

My research has primarily dealt with how imaginaries are entwined with digital cultures, materiality and experiences of place. 

Some years ago I developed a research track about the concept Industrial Cool. This deals with the ways traditional industries are transformed in contact with ideas about a postindustrial society. I have continued this work through examinations of imaginaries of decay and vital materiality. 

Mixes of art and cultural analysis is another of my interests. I work with a number of art projects that are juxtaposed with research questions. The artworks are used as "art probes" that might transmute concepts in my research.

Artistic work

As an artist Robert Willim explore how imaginaries are evoked in the borderland between digital culture, ethnography and cultural heritage. He has created a number of works dealing with mediation and the experiences and notions of place, landscape, nature and materiality. His art is positioned in the borderland next to his practices as a cultural analyst and ethnographer, and he uses his research to spur artistic concepts and to explore the interplay between representation and evocation. The artworks have often emanated from research questions, and are subsequently used as something he calls art probes. These are used to engender inspiration and material for further research.

Robert Willim works in several media, foremost audio and video, primarily using digital tools. The works are often based on the development and transmutation of concepts. 

Recent research outputs

Robert Willim 2016 Ljud tar plats: funktionshinderperspektiv på ljudmiljöer. Alftberg, Å., Apelmo, E. & Hansson, K. (eds.). Lund: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Lunds universitet, p. 83-106 (Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences; vol. 11)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Robert Willim 2016

Research output: Non-textual formArtistic work

Pink, S., Ruckenstein, M., Robert Willim, Ardevol, E., Berg, M., Duque, M., Fors, V., Lanzeni, D., Lapenta, F. & Lupton, D. 2016 Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), (Data Ethnographies)

Research output: Working paper

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