the digital vaivén is a critical text that describes some of the relationships of digital embodiment with colonial identity. It also includes poetry that I have written about how I have navigated my Puerto Rican identity. I began my process by taking many digital humanities courses in the last two years. I had noticed that my interests leaned towards thinking about embodiment in relationship with technology and thinking about the body as archive. I have explored this through both critical scholarship and my own poetry throughout the years. In 2016 I was awarded the MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award and used it to travel to Puerto Rico. Most of my family was born in Puerto Rico, but it was my first time ever traveling to the island. There I filmed visually immersive and panoramic 360° video, which is a kind of photographic virtual reality technology. This is weeks before Hurricane Maria would drastically change the island. Learning the language of decoding space and how poetry acts in that process has been difficult but enriching. This project has been an example as to why I write and how I make sense of my existence. To have creative and critical work be in deep intimate relationship with one another in this project has, too, proved to me how important it is to make sense of my colonial identity. It is an identity that begs for critical scholarship and gentle story.
- Project Lead: Irisdelia Garcia
- Collaborators: Marisa Parham, Andrew W Smith, Lauren Tuiskula, Cassandra Hradil, Amir Hall, Frank Tavares
- Published: Spring 2018