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Signifying and significance

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Signifying and significance

  1. 1. SIGNIFYING &SIGNIFICANCEREFLECTIONS ON A STUDENT PROJECT TOINTERPRET RUINS AND A GLASS HOUSE INAS A MOBILE GAME
  2. 2. ARIS & MENOKIN:NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR ARENEWED HOUSEA project by Laura Heiman & Caitlin Miller students in myHistory and the Digital Age course. The course is a researchmethods course for doctoral students at American universityand an elective for students in their Public History Master’sprogram.Caitlin Miller: http://www.dighist.org/2012/04/remembering-rebecca-a-new-way-to-engage-with-historic-houses/Laura Heiman :http://www.dighist.org/2012/02/aris-menokin-new-technology-for-a-renewed-house/
  3. 3. SCREENSHOTS FROMPROTOTYPE
  4. 4. SOWHAT’SSIGNIFICANT?WHAT SHOULD WE KEEP AROUND? THEAPP, THE OS, THE GAME? THEDOCUMENTATION? REFLECTIONS? THESCRIPT?
  5. 5. THEAPP ISIRRELEVANTAS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED ALL OF THETHINGS THAT MATTER ABOUT THISPROJECT EXIST IN THEIRREPORT, STORYBOARDS & REFLECTIONS
  6. 6. ONMEANING &MATERIALITYIDENTIFYING WHAT MATTERS AND THENATTENDING TO FACTS OF ITS EXISTENCE
  7. 7. WHAT IS THEE.T. ATARIGAME?FROM IAN BOGOST’S ALIEN PHENOMENOLOGY: ORWHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A THING
  8. 8. THE E.T. ATARI GAME HAS AT LEAST 11EXISTENCES, EACH OF WHICH ARE IMPLICATED INDIFFERENT ARTIFACTS1. E.T. is 8 kilobytes of 6502 opcodes and operands,2. E.T is also it’s sourcecode3. E.T. is a flow of RF modulations that result from user input4. E.T is a mask ROM, memory etched on a wafer.5. E.T. is a molded plastic cartridge6. E.T is a consumer good, a product packaged in a box7. E.T is a system of rules or mechanics that produce experience8. E.T is an interactive experience players partake in9. E.T is a unit of intellectual property that can be owned, licensed, sold10. E.T is a collectible, an out of print scarce object11. E.T is a sign that depicts the video game crash of 1983
  9. 9. 1. ARTICULATESIGNIFICANCEWHAT MATTERS ABOUT THIS? WHAT DOESTHIS WORK REPRESENT? TO WHOM DOESIT MATTER? WHAT ABOUT IT MATTERS?
  10. 10. 2. IDENTIFYWHERE THATSIGNIFICANCEDOCUMENTED?EVIDENCE OF MEANING MAY EXIST IN THEARTIFACT, IN A WAKE OF OTHER ARTIFACTS, OR ITCOULD EXIST IN AN ARTIFACT YOU CREATE (EX.VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING OR A PHOTOGRAPH)
  11. 11. 3. ATTEND TOFORENSICMATERIALITYOF THAT THINGONCE YOU’VE IDENTIFIED THE THING THAT HAS INIT TRACES OF WHAT MATTERS DO YOUR BEST TOBE SURE YOU ARE DOING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLETO THE QUALITIES OF THAT THING.

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