Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#DietDH Resumed

To begin the spring readings for #DietDH, part of the University of Delaware Digital Humanities Community, is Disrupting the Digital Humanities by Jesse Stommel. Jesse Stommel shares his perspective of why it is important to consider beyond the academic disciplines and fully include people and communities within digital humanities. He relates to his experiences with the disciplines that he is part of and defines pedagogy to include broader open spaces (that also includes a diverse range of voices – hybrid voice). His definition is “Pedagogy is praxis, the place where philosophy and practice meet.” I view Jesse Stommel’s definition of pedagogy as an understanding of how these outcomes or process (whether socially successful or not) of praxis can be made public, since many disciplines do have some sort of research base or presentation of work within a specific community.  The inclusion of a community response offers another level of knowledge in the continual development of the digital humanities.

In one of my previous blog posts, I mentioned Popularizing Research, which demonstrates some of the similar concepts mentioned in Disrupting the Digital Humanities.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Social Media and Ephemeral Projects

         Yesterday, I attended the Curating Virtually: New Media and Digital Arts Global Interventions session at the College Arts Association Conference. One of the panelists Yunjin La-mei Woo a PhD Candidate at Indiana University gave her presentation entitled Curating Public Interventions Online: Para-Sites 2014 Distributed Exhibition Project. Yunjin described the parasitic tactics toward the performance, curation, and interventions within the theory and practice of various projects. Included was the use of social media sites to implement public awareness via the Internet. She stated that she was aware the projects background resisted the concept of the Facebook experience. This wasn’t the only challenge with posting information pertaining to the Para-Sites on the Facebook page. Yunjin commented about how she experienced Facebook’s continual marketing campaign to raise her “LIKE” status. Her description related to my experiences with initiating social media sites (Facebook) as a link to gain addition public access to my Internet-based Collection Project.[1] Since the context of the Para-Sites is to disrupt ordinary established boundaries, I view this as an intervention to the “normal” characteristics of Facebook concerning the status of participants.

The intent of this blog post is not to slander a major social media site, but is for the development of arts-based research and scholarly work with social media sites as links to new media projects and public accessibility.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Anthropology News/ February Column

Screenshot of February Column - Courtesy of Anthropology News
For my February Anthropology News column, Communicating Identity, I have chosen two women artists, Sadie Benning and Margot Lovejoy, using media that ranges from analog to the Internet to depict the details pertaining to specific identities.

The text can be viewed at this link.

Link Disclaimer: This link is only active for 4 months. The monthly section of the column will be archived in AnthroSource a digital database of American Anthropological Association publications.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Public Bulletin Board Collection on Tumbr Site for a Year

The Public Bulletin Board Collection has been on the Tumblr site for one year. I have been working on an essay about the two-year time period of this collection.  This is in regards to the development of contemporary aesthetics of the Internet and the collection theme as an art platform that requires participation for the collecting process.[1]

Screenshot from Tumblr site
 Be part of the
 collecting process