Rediscovering the Human in the Digital

  5CollDH Undergraduate Fellow and Amherst College student Carl “Ott” Lindstrom has audience on the brain. His fellowship project is a multimedia Scalar exhibition tracking the changing relationship of the spectator with the media object from classic film to interactive video games to the immersive future of virtual reality. This is Ott’s third post of three; you can click through to read the first and second installments, or read an interview with Ott conducted by Jeffrey Moro. I never took the … Read More

Making a Statement Both Physically and Digitally

Hip Hop is a culture about making a statement in any type of way, from rapping lyrics, to tagging on walls, to breaking. I wanted to really utilize both the physical and digital materials to show those statements in my work. My intention with my installations was to utilize materials to allow for the audience to create visual representation of themselves.In my Graffiti Installations, I wanted to take that representation of Graffiti from simple tagging to elaborate murals so I … Read More

The Bits and Bricks and everything else in between.

As an architecture student, I am interested in using digital technology to push the boundaries of urban design. I was able to attend the Bits and Bricks forum, hosted by the Senseable City Lab at MIT, with a 5CollDH microgrant. The forum aims to change the ways in which architecture and urban planning projects (the “Bricks”) can intersect with technological infrastructure and digital data (the “Bits”). This was part of my independent study on the intersection of digital humanities, the … Read More

MuSyC – Music, Synaesthesia, Colour

MuSyC  is  a project  which  aims at  building  a music  to  colour  synaesthesia visualizer. Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which perception of a certain stimulus, such as the musical note ‘A’, involuntarily elicits another seemingly unrelated sensation, such as seeing the colour red. There are various types of synaesthesia, one of the most common of which is music to colour associations. However, explaining the qualia or feeling this cross-sensory activation elicits is hard to do – thankfully, music visualizers … Read More

Locating Zines with 5CollDH Student Fellow Nora Miller

Over the next few months, we’re running interviews with 5CollDH Student Fellows to learn more about their projects and research process. We start our series with Nora Miller, a Division II student at Hampshire College. What is your 5CollDH project about?My project, Locating Zines, explores networks of zines (small, self-produced booklets or mini magazines) in the 1990s through digital mapping. The rise of zines in the 1990’s is often associated with the rise of riot grrrl, a musical and social movement … Read More

More than Beeps and Boops: A Trip to the 2nd Annual North American Conference on Video Game Music

  When we talk about video games, our attention often goes to graphics, gameplay, or story. But there’s another powerful part of the video game experience—music. 2014 5CollDH microgrant recipient Hyeonjin Park (Mount Holyoke College ’15) traveled to the 2nd annual North American Conference on Video Game Music in Fort Worth, Texas, to learn more about sound’s role in how we play games. In her own words: It was a small audience, but a very interactive one as everyone sat and listened … Read More

PEER2PEER:
Democracy, Deregulation, &Discontents

Image: Zach Blas / Queer Technologies   For two weeks in January, I taught an undergraduate intensive course at Hampshire College on network culture and its discontents as part of my post-baccalaureate residency with 5CollDH.I had been planning the course for months—refining the topic, gathering material for the syllabus, and refining it even more. When I started my digging, I knew I wanted to discuss possible politics and philosophies of networks, but I had no idea where that might lead. My research … Read More

On Walls, Dirt, and Being Wrong:
An Interview with Eric Poehler

  Eric Poehler is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is co-director of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, which is funded by Five College Digital Humanities, UMass-Amherst, the UMass-Amherst Department of Classics, the University of Cincinnati Department of Classics, and Cardinal Intellectual Property. He sat down with 5CollDH Post-Bac Jeffrey Moro, who assisted the project in the field this past summer, to talk about the work, technology, and bringing DH into the classroom. JEFFREY MORO: … Read More

Meet the Tumblr API + Markup!

This quick sandbox post is primarily for people who:   – are familiar with using Tumblr as a casual blogging platform, – have some basic sense of HTML, and  – want to combine these skill sets to make a custom process blog for DH project(s). What is the Tumblr API?   An Application Programming Interface (API) is a just an overly technical term for how a set of software works—i.e. what information it has access to (variables) and the ways … Read More

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