Adrian Demleitner

Adrian Demleitner
University of Basel | UNIBAS · Digital Humanities Lab

Master of Arts


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Citations since 2016
2 Research Items
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My interests are coding and diy technologies as well as translating theory into other discourses. My subjects of interests cover all kinds of epistemologies, hacking as a creative strategy, posthumanism/new materialism as well as the multi-species discourse, poetic technologies, queer politics and archival practices. I’m active in these fields of inquiry through curatorial and artistic practices, design research as well as hosting events focusing on knowledge transfer and participation.
September 2019 - February 2022
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Field of study
  • Design Research
September 2011 - September 2014
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Field of study
  • Industrial- and Productdesign


Publications (2)
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This presentation is concerned with the sustainability of technological artefacts that accompany and support our research in the digital humanities. These artefacts include software, data structures, trained models for machine learning, and others. Since they are an essential part of the knowledge we produce, we need to ensure their long-term surv...
The proposal discusses the development of a participatory interface for digital photo archives from a conceptual, technological and design perspective. Photographic archives have been steadily digitizing their materials. A key argument that is brought up in favor of digitization is the hope for an increased level of access. However, the first year...



Project (1)
There are two main goals: 1) Systematic analysis and description of the analogue and digital photo archives 2) Design of a participatory image archive The common goal of PIA, a Sinergia project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) -, is to design a visual interface with machine learning-based tools to make it easy to annotate, contextualise, organise, and link both images and their meta-information, to deliberately encourage the participatory use of archives. In a series of workshops and interviews with both academic and non-academic users, along with archivists and database specialists, the project will analyse the new demands of digital (and process-oriented) knowledge production in order to achieve these goals. In their own rubric – Citizen Archive – academic and non-academic users of the existing Swiss Society for Folklore Studies' / Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (SSFS/SGV) networks and partners will receive a series of Calls for Images inviting them to upload and comment current photographs as comments on historical images; this will further foster the contextualisation of the archival material. In turn, these digital additions will have to be supplied with metadata and contextual knowledge. Such analysis of the context of images and collections (crowdsourcing) will enrich the metadata of the material and thus also make image searching and information retrieval more effective.