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