Project 2 Digital Identity Expression — multimodal assemblage (1000 words, 25 points)
Challenge: How to use the cultural forms mediating experience to express our digital identity (subjectivity)?
- Starting with “Screen Self-Portrait” exercise, apply the lessons and insights about participatory culture from the semester in multimodal composing.
- Beyond “curating” or representing, use multimedia to convey your experience of the present networked media conditions
- This “assemblage expression” will include diverse elements in multiple modes; network rhetoric and cultural logic (e.g. humor, play); and materials from your entire “personal database”: stories and details from autobiography, school, community, and entertainment.
The multimedia used—audio, video, images of all sorts—will be combination of found & original/created, digitally-manipulated.
We will test and practice using various software throughout the term; no prior experience with digital authoring is necessary!
» Poetics page (5 pts; 300–400 words of total)
Two-fold purpose: 1.) describe the process of composing, your method and rationale
— employing specific lessons from your study of Participatory Culture and Network Rhetoric. Precise & concise, discussing directly how in composing you experimented with multimodal composing to address/attempt assignment (and course) goals)
Additionally (2): most importantly: considering your project potential for Public Pedagogy as Participatory Culture — present a Guide for Participating, using Digital Media and Network Rhetoric explicitly (Electracy form/s of thinking & expression in new mode). Ideally, someone else could emulate your project and Poetics, wanting themselves to compose a work of “assemblage expression” (although the project is not composed for any immediate audience but ourselves)
More directly, describe your method of thinking and composing with approach of Participatory Media — using all your “personal databases,” as an active creator/producer (rather than consumer/“multiplier”) of media to express personal identity / experience be specific, relative to your project).
Note that this second objective should be main focus, with simple poetics tasks (first instructions above) integrated within discussion as example (referencing specific decisions and elements of final work).
» Reflection page optional extra credit
- 500–700 words; 5 points; due Sat. 09-Aug
1) Evaluate your project (briefly), from perspective of assignment objectives and class topics/issues:
— composing in multiple modes (techniques & effects)? performing + presenting idea (theme/topic), besides “writing about”?
— applying lessons of Participatory Culture (digital media “relays” inspiring ideas, approach, similar techniques)?
— using digital rhetoric for self-expression in Electracy (sampling personal databases; play, simulate, virtual; re-purpsosing content/media; assemblage logic & structure)?
- Note: this can/should be concise & precise — need not summarize / explain; still should include specific of project to illustrate aspects of assessment (including any shortcomings/limitations and exemplary parts).
2) (most important) New/expanded understanding — especially “self-reflexive” knowledge — from composing and reading your project.
- Ideas about “Technology + Culture” connection? (overall course focus)
— Implications for roles?
(recall opposition / transition of “TV age” : passive receivers/consumers and “Internet age” : active producers of culture…)
Participatory Culture, concerning digital media & network rhetoric?
— as Public Pedagogy? (e.g. how/where you learned techniques for project; and how “readers” could learn from your project and create their own Assemblage Expression)
- Insights / speculation about implications or significance for
institution(s) and/or subjectivity (identity experience)
operating in / between / toward Electracy?
— Prospective application or potential:
of “assemblage expression” as digital
writingcomposition and network rhetoric?
(working with entire paradigm, using all “personal databases”)
— Advantages or limitations of this type of work?
- New understanding of your “mediated identity” and/or networked subjectivity experience
— as result of course focus and specifically from composing project?
- Note: need not address all questions, and should not answer in “list” fashion; consider as many of these elements as you can, and address in reflexive fashion (organized and presented thoughtfully)