Friday, March 23, 2:30-3:45 pm
Williams 013 (English Common Room, basement level)
From the Lab to the Classroom: Live Methods and Prototyping in the Arts and Humanities
Fabrication objects and physical computing objects — digital matter — have been the historian’s medium since communication scholars first cast digital inquiry as a “matter of intercepting and decoding transmissions from some remote place and time … [a way] to ground conversations about the past and our relationship to it” (Elliott, et al, 2017). Yet, beyond fabricating objects related to historians’ own interests, the making and remaking of digital matter can offer a medium for teaching and learning even among novice groups. Digital Scholars is pleased to welcome Dr. Jentery Sayers (via videoconference) to discuss some of the critical and practical implications of involving arts and humanities undergraduate students in prototyping and fabrication.
As a pedagogy that emerges from assertive approaches to speculative computing, prototyping offers students “live methods” (Back and Puwar, 2012), or methods that privilege multiple registers of knowledge-making (including, but not limited to, talk and text). With an emphasis on Material, Dr. Sayers will survey the benefits and risks of establishing “a practice of making things think, sense, and talk” (Sayers, et al, 2016, p. 4) in two particular courses — “Technology and Society,” and “What’s In A Game?” — drawing primarily from experiences teaching speculative design, indie games, and, more generally, techniques for prototyping pasts and futures.
All are welcome, and participants are invited to read and browse the following in advance:
- Chachra, D. (2015) Why I am not a maker. The Atlantic [https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-maker/384767/]
- Chan, T. (2017) The author function: Imitating Grant Allen with queer writing machines [https://github.com/eltiffster/authorFunction]
- Drucker, J. and Nowviskie, B. (2004) Speculative computing: Aesthetic provocations in humanities computing. A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. S. Schreibman, R. Siemens, J. Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell. [http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/]
- Elliott, D., MacDougall, R., and Turkel, W. J. (2012) New old things: Fabrication, physical computing, and experiment in historical practice. Canadian Journal of Communication, 37(1), 121-128 [http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2506]
- Sayers, J. (2015) Prototyping the past. Visible Language Journal, 49(3) [http://visiblelanguagejournal.com/issue/172/article/1232]
- Sayers, J. (2016) Dropping the digital. Debates in the Digital Humanities http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/88
- Sayers, J., Elliott, D., Kraus, K., Nowviskie, B. & Turkel, W. J. (2016) Between bits and atoms: Physical computing and desktop fabrication in the humanities. New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed S. Schreibman, R. Siemens, J. Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/doi/10.1002/9781118680605.ch1/pdf] (fsu login required)
And for additional reading or optional interest:
- Chan, T., Mills, M., & Sayers, J. (2018) Optophonic reading, prototyping optophone. Amodern, 8 http://amodern.net/article/optophonic-reading/
We hope you can join us.
Postscript to Our Meeting: Dr. Sayers has generously offered the dedicated github page for distribution [https://jentery.github.io/fsu/]