mimetic inquiry @ AFS 2011

I’m heading to the annual American Folklore Society meetings in Bloomington, IN, and will participate in a poster session focused on digital humanities. This will be the test drive for the “mimetic inquiry” concept I’ve been batting around. A JPEG of the poster is above, and here is how I describe the concept on the poster:

Embracing an ethos within digital humanities that positions the “digital” as simultaneously object of study and context of scholarly practice, mimetic inquiry utilizes tools of digital content creation and manipulation to generate interpretative analysis that is both process and product-oriented. As such, it entails ethnographically-grounded interpretation that echoes artistic processes, while proposing a move beyond textual representation as the norm for cultural research.

I’m hoping to get some feedback so that I can continue to refine the ideas I’m working with and push this idea further into the realm of usable.


Random media-ites (or bits of media stuff)

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Some things I’ve run across lately, stemming from either my recent trip to the Educause/ELI meetings in Washington D.C. or from people passing things along to me. Likely of interest to students in my Media Management Praxis course, but maybe not.  No annotations, just links:

A DIY Data Manifesto here

Flaming Lips cellphone symphony here

Great PBS series on “Digital Media: New Learners in the 21st Century” here

Visualizing tweets here

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@ ELI conference in Washington D.C.

So I’m at the annual national meeting for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting with Doug Blandy this week. You can follow the meetings via Twitter with the hashtag: #eli2011. Here is a Twitter search widget running a loop of current tweets:

Another Kickstarter project…media/art/music summit in Austin!

Ran across this via the Twitter feed of Chris Schlarb, a composer/musician based in Long Beach, CA. The New Media Art & Sound Summit looks to be quite fascinating, and is, as noted on the Kickstarter project page, a new kind of festival. It also represents—and here I’m predicting—a new way to think about programming in the arts and culture sectors. I’m still reading up on the organization behind the NMASS and am trying to figure out if I can make it to Austin…

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Helen De Michiel’s Kickstarter project

Helen De Michiel is a filmmaker and independent media advocate who co-directs the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC), the Lunch Love Community project is her latest undertaking. When she visited the UO Arts & Administration Program during winter term, she spoke a bit about this project and its relationship to ongoing conversations about models for sustainability in funding public arts and culture projects. Kickstarter is one of the emergent entities focused on generating project-level funding through a participatory model—sure, you give money, but you also become part of the process leading up to the completion of the project. Often the ‘ownership’ of individual donors manifests in a reward of some sort—a DVD, a poster, or, in the case of the LLC project, a package of seeds for sowing in your own garden.

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