One of the reasons the History Moves interviews, and similar exhibits, are so moving and engaging is because they attach human individuals to stories that are often generalized or lumped together, allowing the viewer to connect more deeply with each experience. In class, we spoke about various topics that are gleaned from these interviews, and have seen the interviews broken down into various parts dealing with family, grief, neighborhood, and survival, among others.
What is most fascinating to me as a reader and listener is the specifics of the massive, heroic feat that I imagine must be daily life with HIV/AIDS. I was moved by seeing how light can possibly show through in these situations. I propose an analysis that reveals how these individuals cope or retain their strength, hope, and even grace. This might be […]
I have based my proposal for History Moves on Voyant tools. I think Voyant could work well to bring to life the transcripts of the women participating in History Moves. There is some understandable skepticism around Voyant. I think the fact that it’s so easy for low-tech folks (like me) to dump big blobs of data and instantaneously receive colorful word clouds and “playful” bubbles (as described in Voyant’s own documentation) has bred some skepticism. I questioned the meaningfulness of using Voyant merely as a discovery tool when I compared presidential inauguration speeches for a prior NYU class.
In this instance, however, I actually think that Voyant would serve the transcripts well. Like the photos, ID cards and other ephemera that helped History Moves stitch together […]
In part 1 of the History Moves project I focused on using Voyant to visualize data patterns. Somewhat buried in my proposal, I raised the idea of customizing a Voyant corpus, where each document would focus on the same turning point in these women’s lives. I continued to think about whether there were ways to capture individual turning points for the current History Moves visualization project. My ostensible and admittedly quixotic and naive idea for this project was to see if focusing on turning points could in some way become an intervention tool to help other young women in similar situations. If we could home in on these important turning points could we learn some worthy social intelligence that could be applied in the real world?
In keeping with the interactive approach to this data, the […]
One of the most interesting aspects of the History Moves interviews and transcripts was hearing a person’s full story of a portion of life, and viewing these women not as distant subjects of adversity but as people with backgrounds, interests, quirks, and fascinations.
I was also taken in with the idea of these interviews as individual stories that were also part of a larger collective experience, shared by other women from similar areas. I wanted to create a visualization that would emphasize these two aspects, the collective experience, and the nuances of person-hood, and I wished to do so without drowning out the individual stories of the women.
Matt’s “Tell Me A Story” prototype was inspiring in the way it divides interviews by topics of conversation that can be traced to and from one another. Clicking on […]
When approaching the History Moves data set for the second time, the necessity to share the women’s narratives with their own voices resonated. The Tell Me a Story project accomplishes this eloquently. Listening to the women speak through this portal was striking and created a very different sense experience than reading the interview transcripts had been earlier this semester. Inspired by this, I propose a geospatial public history project that draws upon the non-linear structure of this project and by the power of the women’s voices.
The information collected through this project proves that history is a flowing and moving force. The women speak about their families and relationships, treatments and physicians, over the course of decades. Throughout the interviews they reference parts of the cities […]
I initially thought about analyzing what role does the urban space play in the stories of the interviewees. More than the space in itself, I thought it would have been interesting to cross some economical factors related to the city, and the areas in which their experiences were described. Other projects have already done this. I’m thinking of a project co-designed by CUNY, MIT and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, who did a mapping of the consumer patterns of Lottery in New York City, by collecting extensive data on the issue. (See project here)
However, this proposal wasn’t a great idea for only a 15 women data collection. After Andrew’s class, it was pretty obvious that with such a small amount […]
History Moves. I had always thought of this project’s movement as a journey through time, but of course it’s also intrinsically linked to movement in space. The current exhibit in Chicago is deeply grounded in its interaction with the city as place, engaging with the community as history-makers and illustrating through their stories the ways in which Chicago’s past has shaped its present. The idea of history as a journey through space as well as time is actively embodied in one way by the project’s mobile museum, which the project’s leaders say “will move this history around the city, serving as a site for community engagement with ideas about the past and present.”
By mobilizing history and bringing its stories to the community rather than making the […]
Using Photogrammetry and Image Based Modeling
to Map the Multiple Dimensions of Dasein
Photogrammetry has been defined as “the art, science, and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through processes of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images and patterns of recorded radiant electromagnetic energy and other phenomena. ” Photogrammetry and Image Based Modeling programs rely on sets of 2D images to generate a 3D model. The quality of the resulting 3D image depends on starting with a “good” photographic sequence or set of 2D images. In the ideal photographic sequence images “maintain a consistent 66% overlap. ” Image based modeling and rendering methods use trigonometric algorithms to approximate plenoptic illumination functions which measure the position, orientation, wavelength and time of light rays contained in a given volume.
The Interview transcripts from history moves are incredibly complex. Proposing that any one person listen or read all of the transcripts is unrealistic when considering public use or exhibitions. I approached this proposal from a public history perspective, which involves scholarly analysis but must be digestible to for the public.
Therefore, I propose using geospatial tools, in two ways, to situate the History Moves interviews in a visual context. The first is to use Agisoft Photoscan as an interactive way to enable the interviewees to show their own experiences and contextualize the places they mention in their interviews, but through their own eyes. Because Agisoft Photoscan requires pictures, the participants can be sent around to various locations that they find to be important, and take pictures that can then be compiled […]
The women in History Moves each have vibrant independent narratives.Their stories have both a time and location component that is relevant to the contextual understanding, but in the end, their voice is the piece that needs to stand out. A pure geospatial or time-based data model removes the path and the change through time these women experience. My prototype for the geospatial data is one that overlays both times with the location with a focus on the stories of the women within these dimensions.
Time and place have traditional ways to be represented within a visual piece. The stories of the women in History Moves has a clear center and spokes. Many of the women spent most of their lives in a single neighborhood, and as the location of their lives did not change their lives […]
I just kept moving positively still…still I beat myself up
We have our ups and downs but we still…still fine, it goes on like that
You know? At this late stage I’m still…still growing, we’re still learning
Still on that journey
That goes on, and up to today it still, I’m…still finding myself and I know something I can do
Those things, helping others out if I can, I’m still…still looking for something I want
Like I said I’m still…still committed to doing something.
Help somebody else, it’s going to help the future, we still…still have a future generation
Still, I made a promise to a dying woman
Still looking for that woman within me
Still finding the woman within me because I don’t know
And she’s still there, we’re still in the same room
Still looking good…still a woman who loves and appreciates
March 7, 2017
Scales of Still-ness
Temporal Taxonomy/ Temporal Sentiments
There was a time – in the 1980s – when many of the women of this study were diagnosed with HIV, that HIV was regarded as a terminal illness in the medical community – “a death sentence.” Having survived 20+ years living with HIV, the disease and the diagnose have de-escalated to a chronic illness. How do women living through a “once terminal” diagnosis described time? How has it affected their outlook on the present – the future, and in turn our own sense of what is possible?
We create a “Dictionary of Temporal Taxonomy” to be able to auto-code for temporal grammar- and – and then flag these statements as relating to chronic or terminal sentiments. The dictionary provides local dialects and […]
This was my first time reading a text where someone identifies them self as HIV positive and talks about it at length. I admire the strength of these women in not only sharing their stories, but opening up intimately about the hardest moments they have ever faced, and sharing these moments with strangers.
After reading several interviews, themes within these women’s stories (in both Brooklyn and Chicago) began to crop up. I recognized repeated mentions of religion, children, partners, childhood, race, access to services, healthcare providers, medication, sex work, drugs, neighborhoods, and much more. But, for me, perhaps the most interesting theme that continued to present itself was secrecy. The interviews were often formulaic: with the interviewer’s prompting, the women would talk about their childhood, diagnosis, children/family life, and continued medical care. In all of these […]
History Moves: Creating Agents of History
I would like to create an interactive Voyant experience with the history moves interviews. The amazing thing about the interviews is that women are participatory in the process. I would like to maintain that level of interaction in a text-analysis and topic modeling format. I would also like to use TEI as a tool to analyze and annotate the interview transcripts, while also allowing the interviewees to participate in annotating their own interviews.
I would like to use Voyant to analyze the use and relation of certain terms, for instance, in Cookie’s interview, we hear a great deal about location and movement but also about feelings and her own personality. She speaks about what she loves, for instance, she says that she loves school. I would like to look at the […]
The first thing I thought about the History Moves project is that I would probably find nothing interesting or useful to propose. What could I propose that was useful to people for people that not only have been involved with the project for much more time, but also know a much more than me about Digital Humanities and Public History in general? But from what we have been talking with Kimon, this first proposal should be part of a collective brain storming on how to approach these series of interviews, involving the women in the process. What could we do with this corpus of texts, formed almost exclusively by these women’s voice?
The format of an interview is perfect as a first step, to enter the personal stories of these women, all of them heart-breaking. But […]
This project made me nervous. Applying Digital Humanities tools to novels, or even to posthumously published diaries is one thing; applying them to a corpus of ongoing personal narratives whose authors are partners in the production process feels like quite another. In all of the previous examples of Digital Humanities projects that I’ve come across the authors have no voice in the project and will never see its results. Don’t get me wrong- the idea of working alongside the authors of these texts is exciting. It keeps me ever-mindful of the fact that these are not just stories, but lives- lives that are being lived even as I write this. My sense of responsibility to these women and their stories just makes me hesitant to bring any kind of analysis to the texts […]
After spending last semester with the stories of the History Moves women in Brooklyn, I was interested in the connections and similarities that I noticed between the stories of the NYC women and those of the women of Chicago. Predominantly, there were, of course, similarities between diagnoses; ethnicity and race; income levels; childhood trauma; past addictions; and a general sense of being adverse to being a part of the History Moves community. What seemed unfortunate to me is that many of the types of noticeable connections between the two groups of women often carry a certain sense of negative societal connotations within, and outside of, academic communities. While this observation itself is a value judgment, the fact that I am able to make it confirms a sense of […]
History Moves: The Tools Needed For The Intimate Conversation
Last semester when exploring the History Moves work, I focused my prototype on this notion of a private conversation. The idea centered around having a digital platform that the listener would enter into a scene of sitting at a kitchen table, at this kitchen table the user would feel as though they were listening to a friend tell them a story. To have the full effect of listening to a story I had sketched out some features that could take the body of work and transform it from a static presentation into an interactive conversation. When diving back into the set of work, I focused on making a few of the feature ideas from the previous prototype and expanding them knowing the set of tools that could […]