Screen Self-Portrait (assemblage)
“Ensemble Experience”: Networked Community?
- Challenge: How to convey the lived dimension of mediated experience — community, group, social participation in networked public sphere?
- Goal: Express your experience of being networked (community?) in the new media ecology, in terms of identity and behavior.
- Task: Create a multimedia and multimodal composition, “assemblage self-portrait”,
using WordPress (or another website) to accomplish this goal; work in Electracy apparatus, with respective mode and cultural interface
(rather than explaining critically or presenting objective account as in an analytic essay).
- Reflexive knowledge: implicit in project;
state explicitly in required Poetics discussion. (see below)
1) Applying rhetorical knowledge from your research (experience + observations), compose multimedia expression of network identity in the new media ecology:
- Using contemporary cultural form as guide for composing assemblage,
design a small-scale website (e.g. WordPress, Wix, Prezi) using multiple media and modes
- “The Internet as living monument…delivers or gives the consultation as a collective figure.” (Electronic Monuments p. 155); “the
borders of identity—of the group subject (between individual and collective)—become writable.” (xviii)
- In Electracy, “the borders of identity—of the group subject (between individual and collective)—become writable.” (Electronic Monuments p. 155)
- → Task: present specific instance(s) of your idea/experience of identity in Electracy, for individuals within a mediated social network
(remember: rhetorical platform + media features)
“Perform” — document, display, simulate, express — this idea
(like cultural forms such as mash-up songs, games, comedy sketch, parody video, etc.)
- Apply all of your knowledge and insights generated from research to address this task, deciding reflexively and purposefully; remembering that identity (subjectivity) changes in each apparatus. This is the perspective of new media to apply and attempt, rather than defining/explaining in “rational argument,” (for instance, cause-and-effect case of “Facebook users”). Avoid generalizing or drawing broad conclusions; instead, present representative examples (sketches / snapshots) in your composite “self-portrait.“
- → Task: create a “screen self-portrait,” an aesthetic figure for your mediated experience of the networked public sphere and imagined/felt community.
Use modes other than Literacy (rational, critical, analytic argument); create a composite sketch using materials from your personal databases:
— autobiography, school/career, community, pop culture
(see composing guide Page).
Strategy 2 (from Ulmer):
- “Add to your site the documentation of an exemplary story from your community, about a person or event that your community identifies with and tells about itself in its celebrations, festivals, naming practices…[and] memorials.” (Internet Invention p. 191)
- While these instructions sound rooted in Orality apparatus, they can be adapted to Electracy using your research both academic (our readings) and empirical (direct experience) to understand and apply the rhetorical and medial situation. The key principle is that the community must be specific and actual, directly engaged rather than accessed indirectly (e.g. as studied in school), even if it is virtual — in sense of “imagined” or “felt” distinction.
- Tip from Ulmer to this end: “notice how the community […] focalizes the story”; “locate the interpellation, what the community thinks for us, and prior to us” (Internet Invention p. 191–2).
Although not (likely) appearing in the project, this practice helps guide our view of the social network being expressed here:
→ “find the point of view that expresses the values of the community” (192); encode this in your composition, rather than explaining (analytic mode / argument discourse).
Note: this item (story/event/reference) should be one that you’re aware of indirectly or directly; you might have participated, or the story might not involve you at all (e.g. from the past).
- 300–400 words; academic discourse (rational, “critical thinking”; direct account, not multimodal)
- Describe the process of composing, explicitly stating your method and rationale; this includes the specific lessons from “Relay” sources (3 min.), as well as the theory and instructions from notes on readings (3 min.). Points should be precise and concise (yet more descriptive than Inventory notes), identifying particular items/aspects of your project with connection to research and relays; most important is your rationale, which explicitly describes the inventive process and “hybrid discourse” (multimodal) with regard to method and aims, especially Apparatus Theory.
- Method note: “The point to stress is that our examples are relays: the poets and philosophers are to mystory as pedagogy, what professional athletes are to physical exercise. They are experts but what they are performing is possible and necessary for everyone.” (Ulmer Internet Invention p.69)
*post on Project 1 page on your blog