Friday, December 19, 2014

New Print Media Edition and Looking Toward a New Year

November and December 2014
Location of Print Media NE corner of Rt. 4/  Brennen Dr.
 Newark, Delaware USA

             The image accompanying this blog post is the most recent edition for November and December 2014 print media flyers concerning a missing dog. These flyers and the Newark, Delaware (USA) locations relate back to my short-term project for the Summer of 2014. My August 2014 blog posts cite the details for the Recently Seen in Area Collection. I have no plans to continue this collection with the most recent flyer. I regard this new edition of the lost dog public posting to offer to the idea of the continual evolution of objects.
            The old cliché about the New Year as a marker of time for change or “new beginnings” has crossed my mind to try to use as a metaphor to write about were the collection project is heading. I am aware it is more in the timing of this writing that makes me consider it. Instead of leaning on old clichés to aid in my writing, I will end this post by saying that 2014 has provided several opportunities for extending the research of the online project, along with my personal interest in text and digital media co contributing together. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Presentation at the Society For Visual Anthropology Conference

For this Saturday at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Producing Anthropology in Washington D.C., USA, I am presenting my paper Borrowing Methods: Theory and Practice in the Society for Visual Anthropology session entitled: Visual Research Methods in Practice: Production and Uses of Photography, Social Media, and Graffiti. 
Below is the abstract for my paper. 

2014 AAA Conference Location Washington D.C.
Visit the American Anthropological Association Meeting
 Session webpage.  

Abstract for Borrowing Methods: Theory and Practice

           Borrowing Methods; Theory and Practice will introduce an artist borrowing methods related to anthropology. The current Internet-based collection project will be the example to introduce an artist employing ethnographic roles for research, and the visual significance of digital media used toward documenting interdisciplinary practice.
            The Internet-based collection project is formed and defined by material culture and anthropological methodologies. These methods contribute to the visual documentation in a form of media such as video clips or print media objects. The collection project website offers the accessibility of each monthly addition posted.
            My roles within the ethnography process from the current project are a postmodern inquiry that include Sarah Pink’s proposal to rethink the traditional roles of participant observation to a multisensory experience. I use these ethnographic roles as working roles in my art practice to develop knowledge pertaining to each collection theme.
            I use digital media to present the knowledge I have gained from my ethnographic process. The forms of digital media that will be presented are video, text in the form of “online” publishing, and social media as a whole. My blog examines the use of social media as a presentation platform for self-publishing and the medium of video, such as the 60-second format, that contributes to my continuation of video presenting research. 
            The acknowledgement of the artist’s voice in borrowing research methods contributes to the future discussion of visual research as well as development of ways to employ digital media regarding theory and practice.  


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Module Outline for Visual Research Conference

Modules for Visual Methods and Interdisciplinary Practice, from an Artist’s Perspective
Presenting by: Three to Four minute modules with the majority having a visual or under a minute videos, with active questioning in between….

This Module outline accompanies the December 3, 2014 blog post with information on the AAA Visual Research Conference and my abstract.

01 module: Introduction to Internet-based Project and Interdisciplinary Practice
- Visual Presented: Screen Shot of Web page of collection project
- Points of Engagement: 
1. Introduce collection project/ ephemeral collection
2. Briefly Introduce Interdisciplinary Practice 
02 module: Video and The Collection Project
- Visual Presented: Example of video clip from collection project
- Points of Engagement: 
1. Video clips as the “object” for the collection
2. Medium of video to represent the social interaction between people and objects
3. Chris Wright Between Art & Anthropology Contextual & Immersive Approaches
03 module: Ethnographic Roles
- Points of Engagement: 
1. Background of ethnography/ autoethnography
2. working roles in project                                                   
3. Sarah Pink’s ethnography theories toward a multisensory experience

04 module: Example of Multisensory Experience
-Visual presented: Marshmallow Video Example
- Points of Engagement:
1. Example given with video from my documentation of the senses from my engagement with toasting a marshmallow.

05 module: Video as Research
 - Visual presented: First video from my Video as Research series
- Points of Engagement: 
1. Expanded Sarah Pink’s concept of “Video as Research”
2. Medium of video to present the knowledge gained from my ethnographic process

06 module: Social Media and “online” publishing
- Visual presented: Screen shot of blog
- Points of Engagement: 
1. various digital media tools to display experiences/ research expanding investigation of digital media & interdisciplinary practice
2. Dr. Gill Kirkup study of postmodern indentity 
3. Three years into the research/ reference the blog & videos                                                                                        

Presentation at Visual Research Conference

I am participating in the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Producing Anthropology in Washington D.C., USA.  Today, I presented Visual Methods and Interdisciplinary Practice, from an Artist’s Perspective for the Thirteenth Annual Visual Research Conference. Below is my abstract for presentation. 

Information about the interaction and discussion structure of the Visual Research Conference
The Visual Research Conference is similar to a panel discussion or open roundtable with ALL participants (including the “audience”) potentially contributing in each presentation. Presenters come with works-in-progress, ready to dialogue, not to “read a paper” or “show a film” with a question or two at the end. Visual Research Conference presentations feature much interaction and feedback from an actively participating audience – working to maximize the productive possibilities of being co-present with each other.  

The corresponding blog post (Module Outline) presents my six modules from the 
Visual Research Conference

Visit the Society for Visual Anthropology Visual Research Conference Webpage

Abstract for Visual Methods and Interdisciplinary Practice, from an Artist’s Perspective
           This presentation will consider an Internet-based collection project, an artist using ethnographic research methods borrowed from anthropology, and forms of digital media used in documenting interdisciplinary visual research. I contend that the artist's perspective-- concerned with individual experience-- can also be utilized in the development of interdisciplinary theories drawing from the breadth of current art and from anthropology. 
            My current Internet-based project, Carrie Ida Edinger’s Collections, will be an example that will introduce the ethnographic roles for research and the visual significance of digital media used for representing the concept of the project and related research. The Internet-based collection project is formed and defined by material culture, ethnographic methods, and social and culturally based research. These methods contribute to visual documentation in a form of media such as video clips or print media objects that form specific collection themes. The collection project website ( offers accessibility to each monthly addition posted.
            From the current project, my roles within the ethnography process are a postmodern inquiry that include Sarah Pink’s proposal to rethink the traditional roles of participant observation to a multisensory experience. Borrowing ethnography enables me to create a process to analyze specific activities involved with an object in forming collection themes. In my interdisciplinary practice, I am currently investigating the phenomenological theories related to material culture and interdisciplinary research.
            The acknowledgement of the artist’s voice contributes to the future discussion of visual research and the development of various forms of digital media regarding theory and practice.  Three to four minute modules will be presented, with the majority featuring single frame grabs (or video clips that are under a minute), leaving ample time for active questioning in between.                                                

Monday, November 17, 2014

#dietDH 03

Digital History A guide to Gathering, Preserving, an Presenting the Past on the Web by Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig is the final reading of #dietDH reading/ discussion group for the fall semester at the University of Delaware. Digital History offers practical goals and recommendations for "online" projects and collaborations. While the focus of Digital History are the genres of history based digital projects, the chapter topics relate to the main foundations for "online" projects and users of the site.
           Currently, I have an interest in the preserving or archiving chapter. Similar to Historians, I am concerned with the longevity aspect for my Internet-based project and have been reevaluating my methods for web construction and surviving future technical changes. 

Digital History is a book and the authors offer an online version of the text

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recent Reading...

Free Clip from

For this recent reading blog post, I have just begun the reading for a special week long series on the National Public Radio website entitled: color decoded: stories that span the spectrum. The series will explore color from various studies ranging from scientific to cultural research. I am very interested in the upcoming  articles that will go into more detail about color in our daily lives. I am sure there will be some influence for the next addition to my Interaction with Color Collection. 

 Read the first NPR article to begin the color decoded series: Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World.

 View the Interaction with Color Collection on the collection project website.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Omitted Video Clip

          While working on the new additions for the Interaction with Color Collection, my experience in the process of creating one of the video clips brought my attention to the specific sense of smell and the relation with video in representing it. Recently, I have been focusing my research in the direction of the senses to the relationship of video.
            My first intentions with the white bread being toasted video clip was to document the process of using an electric toaster. I wanted to represent the plain white bread being ejected from the toaster with various shades of browns to be included in the Interaction with Color Collection.
            I have actually been working on the video clip in various stages and angles of the shot. I have been considering that the actual “toasting” or changing color of the white bread all happens within the toaster. This is as important as the human interaction of pushing the lever down to lower the bread in the toaster and beginning the process. I will go into more detail about these stages in a future blog post that will introduce the next new additions to the Smell Collection.
Still Image from Toasting Bread Video Clip
I omitted the toaster video clip from the October 2014 Recent Additions of the Interaction with Color Collection to be included as a food consideration for the next additions of the Smell Collection. While the video clip does work for both collections, I want to avoid redundancies in the collection project and consider the supportive concepts for the appropriate collection theme.

Monday, November 3, 2014

#dietDH 02

         Miriam Posner’s video presentation of How Did They Make That? The Video! is today’s topic for dietDH reading/ discussion group at the University of Delaware. The content of the video presentation is how to conceptually break down projects presented on the Internet. Miriam Posner offers her field guide of patterns in presentations of projects and three main concepts for looking at projects, while including project examples and video interviews she conducted with humanities scholars. 
            As I watched the section about the three main concepts for looking at projects, I realized Posner’s choice of terms related not only to the digital aspects of a project, but also traditional methods from the humanities disciplines. Posner’s terms are sources, processed, and presentation. In relation to digital projects, sources is the data or “what stuff” the project/ research is about. Posner describes the term processed with the manner that the source becomes machine readable as in digitally manipulated or how it is analyzed. The third term presented relates to how the source becomes viewable to an Internet audience and searchable on the web.
            I also considered the three terms with one of the first week’s dietDH readings by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, The Humanities, Done Digitally. Fitzpatrick’s interest in the making and interpreting, along with how digital materials bridge the separation between disciplines called for an exploration of how scholarship is communicated. Refer back to my October 202014 blog post for Fitzpatrick’s essay. Posner’s three terms for looking at projects could be implemented with communicating research on a broader level. 

View Miriam Posner’s Video Presentation. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Version 02: Social Media Connection Analysis

This 2nd version of the Social Media Connection Analysis is based on the two and half year investigation with the social network links. Since, the blog post from May 30, 2014, which was the first visual connection analysis for the collection project the Facebook page is no longer in use. This is because of Facebook's constant ad purchase postings interrupting the use of the page. Refer to the May 21, 2014 blog post, Continuation of Social Media Page and Limits. A Twitter feed has been added and this has introduced me further to the Digital Humanities community.

Monday, October 20, 2014


            The beginning readings for Diet DH, part of the University of Delaware Digital Humanities Community, is Matthew Kirschenbaum What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments? and Kathleen Fitzpatrick The Humanities, Done Digitally.  This opportunity to meet the Digital Humanities Community as well as the content from one of the readings (Fitzpatrick), is in good timing with the shift in my focus for my Internet-based project and corresponding research. From Fitzpatrick’s essay, I can relate to my questions about presenting text and video as a larger writing for my research within interdisciplinarity and the use of digital media. 
            From Fitzpatrick’s essay, I gained an understanding of the tensions between the humanities disciplines and digital humanities with the concepts of making from digital media and the inclusion of various humanities scholarship. These tensions both need to be included with digital humanities to enable further interpretations. She includes examples of the theory-practice divide by citing specific disciplines in the humanities. She continues to the current status of media studies investigations of developing the two (theory and practice) together to form “theorized praxis.” This concept opens these debates for broader consideration, while bridging the discipline separation with digital materials in a progressive and productive manner. I view this essay as a future reference to my investigation with the creative tensions and progression of interdisciplinary practice, contemporary art, and the digital humanities. 

Follow this week’s Diet DH via Twitter  @UD_IHRC

Read Kathleen Fitzpatrick The Humanities, Done Digitally  posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reviewing a Few Perspectives of Video

Free Image from "Video Camera-Image"
This blog post is focusing on the medium of video. I have been reviewing some of the historical and theoretical aspects of video in regards to specific methods and disciplines that I am currently using to form my collection project themes and corresponding research.  My choice of the timing of this review is to enable my investigations with the use of video (within a project and research methods) to have continual development with other digital media, such as the Internet.
            This brief synopsis from my readings is taken from the concepts of video art, visual anthropology, and experimental ethnography. Each of the individual readings presented the use of video that expanded the concepts of the traditional theories and specific methods from each discipline. In addition, the three disciplines share the historical movement from the 1960’s – 1980’s of the technical side of video, which was the evolution of the video camcorders to an affordable and portable format. Cinematic theories tend to be the foundation of the integration of video, but there was a time period for video to come into acceptance of use for each discipline, such as video in ethnography to represent knowledge and video blurring the traditional fine art boundaries creating the mediums own language and references.
            The medium of video is a multifaceted tool that integrates multiple narratives or identities, along with conceptualization. I will consider these foundations with my continual pursuit of interdisciplinary practice. I will also end this blog with a quote from the video art reading that cited American critic, Rosalind Krauss’ argument concerning the importance of video to contemporary art. “Krauss points to the multifaceted bases of video practices as central to understanding the current condition of artistic discourse: namely, we live in a time when ideas – and not specific media – are central to artists.” (Rush 2007: 11)   

Pink, S (2001) Doing Visual Ethnography. London, Sage Publications

Rush, M (2007) Video Art. London, Thames & Hudson

Russell, C (1999) Experimental Ethnography The Work of Film in the Age of Video. Durham, Duke University Press

Monday, September 29, 2014

Web Page Update and Collection Project Progression

The web page from the collection project that is used to present the collection themes has been updated to maintain the progression of the project. I have added a third row, Collections in the Collecting Process, to this web page. This row separates the themes that I am still actively collecting. The bottom row, Collections in Their Entirety, presents the Coupon Collection that was just placed on hold[1] and three other themes that I consider inactive in the current collecting process. This reorganization of presenting the collection themes demonstrates the projects growth with the beginning themes and a short-term project as well as the use of the Internet capabilities to understand and maintain the altering stages of employing digital media.

Included is a couple of screenshots of the current web page as another visual method of archiving the progression of the Internet-based project.
                                Top Section of Collection Themes Web Page September 2014 at                                                    
                                   Bottom Section of Collection Themes Web Page September 2014 at                                                    

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Brief Summary of The Coupon Collection

           The change in the visual representation of the coupon was my starting point for the Coupon Collection. The visual transition was from the traditional print media coupon to a QR Code, which is scannable with a digital device. Instead of a tangible printed object being exchanged it is a transfer of digital information.  As I collected, clipped, and sorted the print media coupon collection for three years from my local community distribution, I have observed and researched other print media transitions.
            These transitions are related to newspaper publications and the social interactions between the media cultures of print and digital. The focus of my research was following the transition of print media newspapers to online versions. This was significant, because the majority of coupons are distributed in the printed Sunday editions. I have been researching the cut backs in the print edition newspapers not only with the local paper but other American city newspapers. My October 30, 2013 blog post highlighted the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper cut backs to only three days a week. Not even a whole year later from that decision, the Times-Picayune announced that it would be offering a daily printed version to the New Orleans community again.[1]
            As for the local newspaper transitions, my local grocery store is still selling the Sunday print edition at a reduce rate of $2.00. The local newspaper doubled the price for the print edition in the winter of 2012,[2] while promoting online and print subscriptions. Both of these subscriptions are still being promoted and there have not been any cut backs in the distribution of the print publications. Although current articles indicate another cut to the news staff.[3]   
            My Coupon Collection web page listing of monthly collected coupons that is organized by the expiration date presents a constant collecting process within the three-year time frame. The print media coupon was the only tangible object I collected when I began this Internet-based project. My current research and the expanded context of the Internet-based project have shifted my focus toward the digital aspects of the collecting process. I will transition my research and the collecting process away from the concepts of print media. I view this as a progression to the Internet-based project and an expansion of my formal higher education background in fine art printmaking and print media. I relate and reference my views to the evolution of artist and scholar, Margot Lovejoy’s online work and research.[4]
            At this time, I am not able to conclude a future timetable for the print media coupon. This information and the archiving of the Coupon Collection itself can be acknowledged in the future for other forms of interdisciplinary research or for print media collections. If any of my blog viewers are interested in The Coupon Collection, please contact me via the contact information on the “about the collection’s” web page. I end this blog post with a video clip, which represents a visual of myself collecting a weekly postal delivery of ad circulars.

[4] Margot Lovejoy, Postmodern Currents Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media (Ann Arbor; UMI Research Press, 1989) Preface Section

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Coupon Collection Placed On Hold

Approximately three years ago, I began my Coupon Collection by buying a local Sunday Newspaper.[1] Today, I intentionally stopped the coupon collecting process and placed the collection on hold. This is not because print media coupons no longer exist, but rather a decision based on my time to further pursue my current research in visual methods using digital media for the Internet-based collection.
            The investigation with the Coupon Collection concerned the shift from a tangible object (print media coupon) to an intangible discount saved on a digital device. A future September 2014 blog post will present a short summary of my coupon collecting process, along with the current state of my local communities print and digital media culture.
            The tally for August 2014 segment of the Coupon Collection is 1192 and the other preceding months tallies can be viewed on the Coupon Collection’s webpage. My Spring 2012 essay The Print Media Coupon as Artifact is also available on the Coupon Collection’s webpage. I referenced this essay to give my illustrated talk last year at the Impact8 International Printmaking Conference at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conclusion of a Short-Term Project

            This Recently Seen in Area Collection has a collecting process with the shortest time period in my current Internet-based project. The process regarding the print media flyers was about the changes from the environmental conditions from the public realm. In addition, I viewed this project as an experiment for employing the Internet as a platform of presentation and the future growth of my methods with other collection themes.
            The ability to view visuals of the suburban roadways from Google Maps has offered variations with concepts concerning the element of time from a specific location. The selected visuals (video format) from my collecting process are one example that I embedded on the Google Maps webpage. The other visual possibilities of the Newark, Delaware roadways are from Google Street View. With this option the viewer of the collection would have to take the initiative to search for the print media flyer location on the Google Street View webpage. This would enable the viewer to find the current state of that specific location.
             I have included a screen shot of the location at the NE corner of Route 4 and Brennen Drive that currently has located one of the Yellow, Black, and Red Print Media Flyers. This specific version of the Google Street View is from August of 2012, which is around the time of the first posting of the print media flyers. 
Screen Shot from Google Street View web page of the NE corner of Rt. 4 and Brennen Dr. Newark, DE

        With my research from the “behind the scenes” of Google Street View, the current listing under the section, Where is Street View?, the southern counties of Kent and Sussex in the State of Delaware are being documented.[1] I did not come across a specific time-period for updating the New Castle County area, which the town of Newark is located.  These two web pages offer visuals, along with a different Internet-based perception of the Newark suburban environment.
            I considered the suburban environment as a collecting site, because of the approximate two-year time span with the posting of the print media flyers. But, I saw this collecting process as an experience to gain insight in observing a specific environment. Currently, the majority of my collecting process has been from a more controlled environment of a studio setting, which I restage the social interactions between people and objects. My fieldwork methods will be considered from this two-month time period to expand the Smell Collection that began in the Spring of 2014. This is significant for me to be able to expand the collecting process to a very diverse range of environments. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Digital Media: Internet-based Collection and Google Maps

            Throughout the duration of my fieldwork with the video studies, I considered my presentation ideas for the digital media that would form the Recently Seen in Area Collection. I knew I wanted the video and digital still images to be viewed in a different manner, since this collection included the suburban environment.
            First, I considered my website as the main presentation platform for the collection. Working through the layout of the collection, I understood that I did not want the display of the collection to be separate from the plotted map location component. In this portion of the process, I began to edit the digital objects and acknowledge the visual redundancy of the suburban intersections.
            I chose the website, Google Maps, for the site’s options of being able to link video and digital images with the online map.  This allows an interactive component of clicking on the plotted locations of the map and viewing selected video. The included screenshot shows the pop up style of presenting a video on Google Maps. The range of viewing time for the videos was between 30 and 45 seconds. This range of time came from my research of approximate time spent at a traffic light (averaging around 2 minutes) and my experience with the time to observe the four corners of an intersection while being stopped.
Screen Shot of Google Map with Pop Up Style for presenting video
        In the organizing and digital curation of the collection, I did encounter Internet technology issues. These quirks altered the arrangement of the digital still image placement on Google Maps. My Internet technology issues had to do with uploading digital still images onto Google Maps. The video portion went smoothly by using YouTube as a host for my videos; the YouTube links were accepted immediately. I went through various Google-based sites to host my still images for the uploading process. They included Google+ pictures and Picasa. 
            During my troubleshooting, I came across a blog that had great information and visuals. The post was over a year old and offered a link to an updated post with the up to date version of Google Maps (Maps Engine Lite). While the option’s that were offered to aid in embedding video and still images did not work for my situation, I found the comments listed at the bottom of the Mulin Blog very helpful. The comments stated the opposite of my current issue with still photos. Instead the responses referred to embedding YouTube videos. One commenter stated that Google Maps could be “seriously fickle” with embedding options.[1] 
            This led me to find a creative solution for embedding my still images. I placed the still images into a video format and applied my viewing time to each one. I uploaded these video versions onto my YouTube account and had no problems with embedding them on Google Maps to complete my presentation. The Recently Seen in Area Collection presented on Google Maps is not set in the preference as a “collaborative” map. This is intentionally done, because of the short time period of the project and to exhibit a specific time, along with the location of the existing state of these ephemeral objects, the print media flyers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fieldwork and Visual Methods

         After the first two weeks of plotting the locations of the flyers, I began the second phase of my fieldwork. This included collecting digital images of the locations and video studies for the actual collection. In the August 17, 2014 blog post, I presented my car as a means for travel, along with passive observation. My car didn’t impeded my visual methods for the collecting process it was the limited pedestrian accessibility to the intersection of roadways.
            While Newark does have sections of sidewalks, a majority of the flyers were posted in areas regarded as non-pedestrian accessible. I had to consider parking options for my car and walk to the intersection locations. Other instances, I had to recruit a driver for early morning weekends. These times were important, because of less traffic along the roadway to conduct video studies from the car at a slower pace.   
            Thru this process of my fieldwork I was on guard of being exposed as a single person along side the roadway. My female gender is part of my concerns, but a larger portion is the cultural changes from the American 9/11 time period. Taking images along roadways or even larger public areas is still considered a suspicious act. I did not encounter any issues with this anti-terrorism system while out in the public realm. My minor disturbances during my fieldwork were a few outlandish remarks yelled out by people in passing vehicles. Navigating the suburban roadways for my visual methods has peaked my curiosity of how and when these print media flyers were posted in these specific locations.
            Please refer to the August 16th blog post Recently Seen in Area Video Studies for a couple approaches with how I was investigating the representation of the suburban environment.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fieldwork: Passive Observation and The Map Plotting Process

            The suburban environment corresponds with the characteristics of print media as an object of communication. My sightings of the print media flyers have been in various suburban locations along major roadways in Newark, Delaware USA. The Newark roadways do have sidewalks for foot and bike travel, but the area is more motor vehicle oriented. The suburban environment is significant toward my introduction of the type of fieldwork I implemented for the collecting process of the Recently Seen in Area Collection. This second blog post for the Recently Seen in Area Collection depicts my fieldwork in a public suburban environment and using material culture methods in a collecting process.
            Within a two-year time period, I have passively observed the locations of the flyers, while being idle in my car at traffic lights. From this perspective, I observed the modification of four different styles of print media flyers and the alterations of them from the elements in the public realm. In addition, my view from my car influenced this short-term project to examine the flyers from an object perspective instead of the personal story of a person’s missing dog communicated from the flyers.
Sample: 2012 Print Media
My very first observations were the predominately red and yellow flyers with the inset image of a close-up of the lost dog’s face. Within the first year, there was a sparse posting of blue and yellow flyers. The 2014 harsh winter elements removed or faded the majority of the original style flyers. This spring is approximately the second year of seeing the print media flyer and a new yellow, black, and red flyer posted along the roadways. My sighting of this newest version of the flyer began the plotting of the locations.
During the first two weeks of the collecting process, I began written field notes and expanded my observations by driving through the greater suburban areas of Newark. These written field notes were referenced and added to, as needed, during the entire 2 months of plotting of the locations of the flyers. My car was a means for travel, which enabled me to plot the locations of the print media flyers. In addition, the car is part of a broader concept of how the suburban environment is observed from the roadways.
Since driving or riding in a car presents limited ability for a person to be physically interactive with the suburban environment, this arrangement connects with the main use of the human sense of sight acquainted with print media culture. Print culture is a passive or high information content mode of communication,[1] which corresponds with the traffic flow on intersections of roadway. The use of the design elements of bold colors and block type for the print media flyers heighten the visual awareness, especially being posted on metal poles and metal traffic signal controller boxes.  
Observation from my car was one of the methods in my fieldwork for the collecting process of the Recently Seen in Area Collection. My weekly travels to the locations kept my notes current. This method contributed plotting the flyer locations in a timely process for the initial stages of the project, while scouting for parking locations to begin my video studies. 
Sample from written field notes June 2014

[1] Nick Stevenson, Understanding Media Cultures (London, Sage Publications, 1995), 117 - 120

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Print Media Observation Evolving to a Collection

           I have taken my print media observation blog post theme and evolved the idea into a digital collection for my Internet-based collection project. This is the first of the August series of blog posts, which introduces the Recently Seen in Area Collection. The collection consists of plotted points of the locations of the print media flyers. The Internet-based collection is presented on Google Maps. This map includes selected video of the locations and the four different styles of print media flyers. The Recently Seen in Area Collection is intended to exhibit a specific time and location of the existing state of these ephemeral objects.
            The visual attached is a legend of how I identified the styles of flyers to the color code for the plotted map locations. These various styles appeared in a two year time period and will be discussed in the upcoming August blog posts. The next three blog posts will consist of my fieldwork for the collecting process, digital media, and the concept behind a short-term project.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End of Two Month Fieldwork with Print Media Objects

             Today, I am finalizing my fieldwork with the Recently Seen in Area print media objects. I have chosen a short time period (2 months) for this project, because of the common understanding that the objects go through a transition in the public realm.  In addition, the digital media  I plan on using to present this Internet-based project will visually contribute to viewing further future transitions concerning the print flyers and specific locations in Newark, Delaware USA.   
             This image was taken from my morning drive through these Newark locations. This is an example of one of the original styles of print media flyer, how I see them displayed along the roadway, and a typical transition from the outdoor elements. 

Location: NW Area Old Baltimore Pike and Salem Church Rd.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Print Media Object Observation

            For approximately a two-year time period in the outskirts of the City of Newark in the US State of Delaware print media flyers concerning a missing dog have been posted. These flyers are usually found at all corners of a large intersection of roadway. They are very noticeable from the road, because of the pop art colors used within the design.
            From my everyday travels in the Newark area, I have observed these flyers fade from the outdoor elements and the human element of removing them from the posted area. This is shown from my two images accompanying this blog post. These visuals are taken in about a two-week time period. It is easily recognized the transitions these print media objects go through in the public realm.
1st week of July 2014
Location of Print Media NE corner of Rt. 4/  Brennen Dr.
 Newark, Delaware USA
                                  I have dedicated a two month time period observing and plotting the locations of the flyers. The August 2014 blog posts will be about my two-month time period and these print media objects in Newark, Delaware.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recent Reading...

           During my investigations of phenomenological anthropology, I came across an essay that described the practice between the human body and a single object. The Hand Drumming essay is one of the first writings that I could associate with my own ethnographic methods from the Internet-based collection project.             
            Shawn Lindsay stated in his Hand Drumming essay that he felt the experimental style essay was a success if it offered other ethnographers an insight to be able to integrate practical knowledge into their disciplinary tool kits.[1] Lindsay’s research associates practical knowledge with the engagement of an activity with an object and that it is essential for the subject (person) to have knowledge of that activity. He states, “For anthropology, practical understanding is a potentially incisive tool for rethinking its empiricist-intellectualist notions of culture, custom, norm, rule, pattern, and so on.”[2]   
            Lindsay uses the concept of practical knowledge as a tool to enable him to acknowledge his own experiences of learning to perform with the musical instrument called a djembe drum.[3] While Lindsay’s essay integrates the discipline of music with his research, I was able to consider his experience with an object with my investigations of everyday objects to form my collection themes. The one difference between Lindsay’s investigation and mine is he was in the beginning stages of learning how to “drum” the djembe drum. I am forming my collection on others and myself current knowledge with a specific object that is already integrated in the use of everyday life. 
            I have found Lindsay’s essay as a resource, especially the sections that focus on the “embodied” or social conditions from his experiences with practicing the drum and group performing. These sections not only refer to the body’s praxis, but also specific senses that are involved, such as hand-ear coordination.  I do consider the Hand Drumming essay a success, because it has made me consider my future approach with the individual essays for the collection themes when my project comes to a closing.

[1] Shawn Lindsay, “Hand Drumming An Essay in Practical Knowledge, “ in Things as They Are, ed. Michael Jackson (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996) 197
[2] Ibid 197 - 198
[3] Ibid 196 - 197