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Month: June 2017

Processing

“Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping.”

 

Black Cyborgs

Things I said at #femDH that I want to remember: “Is a black person with a lantern a cyborg?” I was thinking through Simone Browne’s work on the lantern laws in New York City, instituted after the 1712 slave conspiracy. Liz, luckily, caught it, but I don’t want it lost in Twitter’s temperamental temporality:

“Can a Machine Make You Feel?” (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

Discussing the black masculine body and dance and feeling and capitalism and machines and opportunity and representation and Lil Buck’s artistic genius (which is his own but also straight out of the Memphis, jookin, black diasporic rhythmic embodied brilliance of the Upper South) and black cyborgs all at #femDH:

Shani Crowe (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“The collection of images highlights insanely detailed and intricate braided ‘dos, which Crowe created after years and years of practice. “As a child, I would get my hair braided every two weeks by one of my aunts or an older cousin,” she tells us. “I picked up the skill from watching my relatives braid, and practicing on dolls. When I was around 11, and my aunts couldn’t execute the designs I wanted, I began braiding [on] my own. I was a walking advertisement for myself, and ended up attracting clientele.”

Snapchat (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

We had quite a bit of fun with Snapchat at #femDH. Our exercise was simple–in your groups, sign on to Snapachat (or download it if you don’t have it already) and spend a few minutes playing with the app. It took no time at all for participants to begin to play with the platform’s lens feature (known to the rest of us as filters) to create videos and images:

Burdick: “Meta! Meta! Meta! A Speculative Design Brief for the Digital Humanities”

“Fictitious future scenarios are used in the technology industry to identify new opportunities, test high risk concepts, and rally teams toward a common goal. While such visions can play a crucial role in the technology development process, Digital Humanities futures are largely absent. Software development methods suited to the creation of tools for shoppers or workers are a poor fit for the design of tools that embody the intentional fuzziness, nuanced positionalities, and reflexive activities of critical interpretation. Therefore this paper proposes a design approach that combines core concepts from critical theory with design’s speculative inventiveness and introduces the subject-computer-interface as an alternative to industry’s user-centered concept. Case studies investigate how this triad of meta processes — the meta of critical interpretation, the meta of speculative reflexive design, and the meta of subject-computer-interface —might work by using critical making to engage recent concepts from digital humanities theory to invent new digital affordances. The paper concludes with a speculative design brief that challenges designers, humanists, and computer scientists to use a meta-meta-meta approach that begins with core humanities concepts and designs outward to imagine digital humanities tools that don’t yet exist.”

Trina in the Desert

“Trina is a design fiction that takes the form of a 3-part pecha-kucha that can be performed live, viewed as a narrated slideshow online, or read in print as a graphic novel. Conceived by Anne Burdick in collaboration with writer Janet Sarbanes (Army of One), the show-and-tell of this short story follows Trina, a literary scholar who works in solitude in her house in the desert. Trina’s adjunct status requires her to take on text analysis H.I.T.s (human intelligence tasks) to make ends meet. Through Trina’s eyes we see the always-on lively digital world that is her daily reality and within which the mystery of a cryptic, typewritten document unfolds.”