Unit III: Experience – Affect – Electracy
Project 3: Screen Self Portrait
- » Due (09-Apr) Exercise 4: Sensory Experience Quantified & Unclassifiable
- focus: apparatus theory, inventing electracy, affective-aesthetic paradigm… (Unit 3 inquiry)
- discuss: ideas from Exercise 4 Part 2
→ implications for experience & identity; aesthetic potential in Electracy
(connect with Rettberg & Knight readings?)
- helpful review / rewatch: “Ulmer Tapes” videos (2010) 2.04 | 2.05 | 2.06
- Sarah Arroyo, “Growing Up with Electracy” (2015)
W 13-Apr hybrid work :
- review Ulmer interview and videos (see above)
- Watch Reid: “Virtual Community, Virtual Immanence, Virtual Exposure”
- Watch Arroyo & Alaei: “The Dancing Floor” (2012)
+ Arroyo, “Growing Up with Electracy”
- Discuss: Reid & Arroyo videos; invention (digital rhetoric), mediated experience, and expression
→ Comment and Reply in thread below (see prompts)
F 15-Apr activity: “personal database” sampling for invention & multimodal composing (warm-up to project 3)
» Due: Blog entry 5 — prompt below
- also below, instructions for optional blog entry — for bonus participation credit
- Project 3 Workshops next week
- Optional Exercise for Extra Credit
» Blog entry 5: “personal database” sampling (warm-up to project 3)
- As a first attempt of sampling from “personal databases,” post at least one selection from each:
- — autobiography / family
— school / career (discipline)
— community / social
— entertainment / culture
- No need to explain/discuss your selections! (This is not a written entry.) Just post — as media in any form, or references/quotes in text fragments — these signifiers/mediators of your identity.
In addition to sampling: add a caption (or epigraph) to the entry, selected from any personal database (or composed/remixed on your own).
- think about how we mediate experience through certain avatars/icons and “frames of reference” — and how we express ourselves, particularly digital identity, through these as “readymade” or objective mediations. Your selections should be “legible” (if not “tangible”) in this regard, sensory/empirical images or references that you feel a strong sense of “identification” with: avatars/characters (people), places, objects, quotes/phrases, references, materials, gestures/actions (protip: GIPHY — or make a GIF from YouTube)…
→ This is the first warm-up to project 3, exploring how we think with/through images and “frames of reference” that mediate our sense of self (and sensation of identity) — including the subjective dimensions (affect) that are not necessarily represented / visible “publicly.” Thus making the “samples” potential material to compose with when making the ScreenSelfPortrait…
- The video below illustrates (as simulation) the process of exploring by association/intuition and sampling from my 4 “personal databases”.
(these all are mediations of experience, signifiers/references I think with/through…)
— note: you do not need to create one composite image! (like in the video) The entry can/should be separate samples (1 each minimum) from the 4 personal databases.
— Also potentially helpful to consult video “Growing Up with Electracy” (Arroyo 2015)
Preparation / guide for sampling:
» Optional Blog Entry (bonus participation credit)
- Speculate in discussion (100−200 words) the implications and potential for Project 3 approach or techniques (poetics of praxis) — considering your warm-up sampling, not to explain connection but to consider as way of working unique to Electracy (unlike Orality & Literacy). In other words, the mode of creating via Invention + Discovery, to compose the Screen Self Portrait.
Be sure to include at least one reference/idea from Ulmer interview (or optional reading) — and discuss your first attempt, perhaps in relation to one of the videos viewed this week.
How might “personal database” sampling, or avatars (mediating), or choragraphy work uniquely as a way of composing-communicating mediated experience? How has this activity (blog entry), using intuition & association, differed from other modes (belief-story, information-argument) — perhaps as “paradigm rhetoric” for experience…?
— along with any videos from “The Ulmer Tapes”
(Ulmer talk begins @ 5:30)