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UCC Workshop: Digital Media Principles, Tool, and Strategies

Part one of a daylong workshop presented on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, 2015 that provides an overview on the possibilities on digital media for research and scholarship. Presentation was held at University College Cork, Ireland.

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UCC Workshop: Digital Media Principles, Tool, and Strategies

  1. 1. DIGITAL MEDIA PRINCIPLES, TOOLS, AND STRATEGIES Vicki Callahan, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Division of Media Arts + Practice
  2. 2. The Possibilities of Digital Media For Scholarship and Teaching • Digital Humanities: manifesto-20/ • Multimedia Scholarship • “Electracy” (Gregory Ulmer) • “Print +” writing and culture (Peter Lunenfeld)
  3. 3. Digital Media Facilitates/Enhances, but Does not Guarantee • Interdisiplinarity (Alan Liu, not an approach, but a method, “a line of flight away” from established and rigid systems of knowledge) • Praxis, fluency across languages (Johanna Drucker, practice not tools are key, new skills across expressive, critical, informational registers) brings new knowledge • Collaboration (Roy Ascott’s Telematics) we know more together than individually • Storytelling and Storyworlds, new narrative forms
  4. 4. UW-Milwaukee Partnership with “Kids Matter” 2008-2009 (hybrid class)
  5. 5. Collaborative Video
  6. 6. Hacking Narratives Collaborative Storytelling
  7. 7. History as a Possible World: Ethno-fictions and Ethno-Performatives
  8. 8. Counter Narratives and Alternative Voices
  9. 9. The Benefits of Serious Play
  10. 10. Mapping South Los Angeles’s Past, Present, Future: Stories for Connection and Community USC Spring 2014: New Media For Social Change
  11. 11. Audio-Visions of Time: The Past, Present, Future of South LA Core Texts: • Theresa Gaye Johnson, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity • bell hooks, “White Privilege” and “Active Listening” in Writing Beyond Race • Ytasha L. Womack Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Core Concepts from Johnson • “spatial displacement” • “spatial entitlement” (creating new spaces through the arts) Project 1: Sleepy Lagoon Murder, Jun Gi Min
  12. 12. The Project: • The Map • 3 Projects + Past, through Posters and Zines + Present: Active Listening Audio-Visual Essay + Future – Speculative Fictions across media Work done in collaboration with West Adams City of Four Angels, Thalia Ertman and Jennifer
  13. 13. Project 1: Poster and Zine History
  14. 14. Project 2: “Sonic Spatial Imaginaries”: Audio- Visual Essays of Place Based on Active-Listening • Begin by interviewing West Adams students • Project could then develop further that interview or could interview someone in community • Icebreaker questions: 1. What is your favorite part about living in the neighborhood? 2. What would you most like to see changed in the community? “Tony B. Conscious,” Haley Madigan, in collaboration with Jennifer M. and Darwin G.
  15. 15. Project #3: Future Media Texts: Team Projects with West Adams Prep Project Prompt: • Create a counter history, alternative future, parallel universe for critical look at social issues or historical forces and provide pathway to an egalitarian future. • Using Afrofuturist experimentation as an aesthetic point of inspiration, imagine a future employing the media platform of your choice (video, zine, game, or interactive experience). Daniella Seguera and Jennifer M.
  16. 16. Storytelling: Classroom and Community Ethics, A first principle of well-being for all – an ongoing process* Working with Students • Decide where material will be viewed, can be private/public or mix • Teachable moment on public/academic divides, how do they want to participate? • Suggest Avatars • Always offer privacy option for work even if you or class decide on public context Working with Community • Provide context for engagement for both students + community • Active Listening exercise (connect to context, history, issues of diversity) • Documentary Release Forms are essential (parental signatures as needed); informed choice on sharing story • Protect Privacy (Names, Images) • Encourage Collaboration/Participatory Projects • Story Center Site: 55368c08e4b0d419e1c011f7/t/55e92 424e4b0e50993544719/14413425003
  17. 17. SCALAR: Online Publishing Platform
  18. 18. The Digital and Public Scholarship • Engaged and Public Scholarship has long tradition from Hannah Arendt, Howard Zinn, Judith Butler, Cornell West, bell hooks. • What would it mean to have digital scholarship that is not public? • Does Digital Scholarship drift to engaged scholarship? • Ethical Responsibility of Public Scholarship • Censorship (institutional and self) of work from public/engaged scholars
  19. 19. Media Commons Other Publications • The New Everyday • [in]Transition • #Alt-Academy • Media Commons Press
  20. 20. Tools for Public Scholarship Examples of Scalar Possibilities on Index Page
  21. 21. • pedagogical-portfolio/index • • • • economy/index • • spaces/concrete-safe-spaces • Scalar examples graduate students
  22. 22. More Tools • We Video – free (or almost, without watermark) online video, for one or collaborative video, materials stored in cloud
  23. 23. Zotero Citation Tool: • Collect and Store sources in cloud. You can also manually enter print materials • Add Word plug in for greater use with documents!
  24. 24. RealTime Board: online collaborative multimedia whiteboard LIMITED FREE ACCOUNT or Free Educator Account with unlimited collaborators/Premium
  25. 25. Other Essential Tools – all free • Google Drive – great for storing text and media files, docs. Have real time writing and communication • Slack – messaging designed for group work, links with other apps like google drive and google hangout • Skype -- up to 10 people on video call, screen sharing • Storify – find, collect, share materials on web, can arrange into story
  26. 26. Works Cited • Ascott, Roy, and Edward A. Shanken. Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness by Roy Ascott. 1 edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Print. • Drucker, Johanna. “Games and the Market in Digital Futures.” Criticism 47.2 (2005): 241–247. Print. • Liu, Alan. Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database. Chicago: University OfChicago Press, 2008. Print. • Lunenfeld, Peter. The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine. The MIT Press, 2011. Print. • Ulmer, Gregory. Electronic Monuments. 1 edition. Minneapolis: Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2005. Print.