Anna Cloarec December 21, 2016
Digital Humanities – Collections and Connections
Professor: Kimon Keramidas
A) Goals & historiography:
In The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin discusses new technologies and the way they have transformed the Arts. He notices that new technologies, photography in particular, modifies the perception we have of artworks. To him, new technologies also transform the artworks themselves because they alter their uniqueness. For Benjamin, reproduction, that is the result of these new technologies, makes an object lack its authenticity. However it also allows us to reach other realities. For example, reproduction of an artwork enables the viewer to zoom in and out on the object. Reproductions in a broad sense magnify our perception of the artwork and enable us to look literally closer, the way nature did not allow us […]
About the game
21st Century Animal, the biggest movie production company in the animal world, is accepting auditions for its new title. You and another human being are selected to be part of the judging panel. Based on the still frame, you need to evaluate the nature of a candidate’s portrayed role by marking the frame with one of the stickers (good, kind of good, cannot tell, kind of evil, evil). The company only hires a candidate if he/she received at least 5 out of 8 unanimous votes from you and the other judge, and will delegate either the hero or the villain role to the new hire according to the judging panel’s evaluation.
You will only see the altered frames during evaluation. According to the animal anti-discrimination law, all candidates’ identities are covered during the audition. Only the hired candidates will reveal their identities.
This industry is competitive; you only […]
Here’s the link to Learning To Love You More, a project orchestrated by Harold Fletcher and Miranda July from 2002 to 2009.
…for Shoshanah’s research (an interesting pre-social media ubiquity example) and for others to enjoy.
Culture is the Battlefront: Black-Puerto Rican Artivism in New York City, 1962-1982 is a digital exhibition that narrates 1970s social movements through the lens of cultural activism. Centering on the establishment and early activities of El Museo del Barrio, the nation’s first Latino museum, the exhibition recovers the little-known and oft overlooked history of “community” museums, galleries, and “alternative” art spaces founded by ethnic minorities across the country during the 1960s and 1970s.
The story of the founding of El Museo del Barrio (literally the “neighborhood museum” in Spanish) in 1969 by artist, educator, and activist Rafael Montanez Ortiz offers a microcosm of concurrent social movements including the Black and Nuyorican (New York Puerto Rican) Arts Movements, community control, black and Puerto Rican ethnic nationalism, and the emergence of politicized artist-activist collectives.
Culture is the Battlefront utilizes photographs, oral histories, and archival materials (exhibition posters, catalogs, radical activist newspapers, etc.), […]
For my final project, I am setting out to create an app and accompanying website that is deeply rooted in Romantic ideology. As of right now, I have quite a few ideas that I would like to look into with this project that may have to be scaled down in the future; but, for now, I will do my best to connect the different these ideas so as to share the overarching reasoning behind my proposal at large.
In previous class sessions, I have mentioned my history as a former high school English teacher and the concern that I hold for today’s students in regard to their lack of communicative abilities and the apathy with which they carry out their daily lives. I cannot stress enough how difficult it is to watch young people struggle with the nuances of the social landscape of high school from the […]
Compare and Contrast: Art Documentation Authorship and Authority
For my final project for Digital Humanities: Collections and Connections, I propose to build a website that serves as a comparative platform for installation art documentation practices in three environments: archives, galleries and artist studios. By gathering and organizing materials related to a single artwork each by artists Allan Kaprow, Jason Rhoades and the collaborative pair Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, I hope to parse out different concerns and domain precedents exhibited by archives, galleries and artists, respectively, in their efforts to preserve works that are both complex and ephemeral. For my case studies, I have selected artists that use interior spaces as the substrate for their work and whose installations involve multiple, often variable, components. I hope to access materials – be they finding aids, photographs, video, installation manuals, etc. – and organize them in a manner, to be determined, that bypasses […]
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One major consideration, I do not have any meta data at this time. I will need to communicate with Ben Saad to make this record available. aThe physical […]
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“The point is to make something
that doesn’t even remotely remind you of culture.”
– Allan Kaprow
A happening is an event or occurrence. In the fifties the term was used by Allan Kaprow to describe an artistic movement that emphasized the fluidity between theatrical performance and everyday-life. In his book ‘The Sixties’ Kaprow describes happenings as being non-linear; lacking a traditional narrative structure. The purpose of a happening was not to tell a story, but rather to draw focus to particular occurrences.
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My project aims to expand […]
Where does it come from?
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Prompt: Andy whirled around. He’d been lost in the woods before, but […]
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Inspired by the TED talk, “The danger of a single story” of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, quoted above. I would like to explore the possible forms of storytelling and their implications. As a graduate student in Museum Studies, I am fascinated by how the stories been told in the museums. Usually, when one enters a museum, he/she receives a set of curated narratives. Even for a visitor who is rambling around the museum without any guidance, his/her perceptions of the objects have still been directed into certain ways by the exhibition design.
Certainly, not all narratives are considered to have the same effect when communicating ideas. Some narratives may be less effective and even unintentionally misleading. For example, the […]
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