Releasing the Spring 2017 Projects!
The Spring of 2017 resulted in the successful completion of several wonderful projects. We are tremendously excited to publish five collaborative works from our team. Below are short descriptions of each project:
An exploration of memory, memorialization, silence, and existence, Dare to Remember: A Digital Memorial of Black Brooklyn investigates the ways in which the lives of black people in Brooklyn are often lost to history. Lead by Brooklyn-native Christin Washington, this project seeks to explain the absence of memorials for the people and events that form the bedrock of black existence in Brooklyn. Further, through the use of GIS Mapping, Virtual Reality, and Digital Photography, Black Brooklyn works to build a Digital Memorial that commemorates and celebrates black life in Brooklyn both historically and presently.
A radical deconstruction and reconstruction of American society’s perceptions of indigenous identity, in this project Cassandra Hradil challenges assumptions about the relationship of indigeneity and digital technology. Through an exploration of video games created by indigenous peoples, Interactivity, Indigeneity, and the Digital Imaginary shows how indigenous groups use video games to explore histories and create channels of healing. This analytical survey of indigenous creations in the digital age demands each individual work toward a better understanding of the importance of indigenous histories and the importance of indigenous work in the building of the future.
Pray Daddy is a multimedia production based on the novella “Who Love You?” by Amir Hall for his thesis work at Amherst College. Pray Daddy uses original audio, 360 imagery, and text to immerse the audience in the feelings of absence experienced by the author after the passing of his father. The narrative bridges the personal and the universal in navigating the impact of the death of a loved one on the family left behind. Through this digital narrative, Amir Hall denies the absence inflicted by death by immersing himself and his audience in the memory of his father.
Working towards a greater understanding of the physical structures that comprise ‘the Internet’, Tangible Net: The Physicality of the Internet is a series of explorations of the wires, tubes, cords, cables, and people that make up the internet. Led by Katarina Cruz, this project investigates the human and environmental impact of the physical nature of the internet and works to dispel notions of the internet as an invisible and harmless cloud. Further, through data analysis and visualization, Tangible Net helps individuals calculate their carbon output based on their internet usage and contextualize it within larger environmental issues.
An interactive digital narrative exploring the works of Jean Toomer’s Cane and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Digital Adichie: Identity, Diaspora, and Transmedia Practice investigates the role of hyperlinking, referencing, audience agency, and transmediality in storytelling. Through a deep analysis of Cane and Americanah, Lauren Tuiskula considers how to approach digital texts and understand the networks between them.