Digital Projects


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As a participant in the HiPSTAS (High-Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship) Institute, I have been experimenting with a digital tool called ARLO that promises to help us navigate large archives of sound such as PennSound.

In addition to helping us look across the entire Pennsound archive for instances of types of sounds–laughter, poetry recitation, explanation–I’m hoping to use ARLO as a way to build aggregate models of amateur poetic performance.

We’re only beginning to probe the possibilities of a tool that uses sound to search for other sound across large archives, however, and my main digital research focus right now is developing use cases for this tool and considering the ways that access to such tools might help us reconsider poetic sound both as a formal pattern and as it is experienced at readings and in recordings.

Modernisms: A Pecha-Kucha Compendium

BScreenshot 2013-12-19 14.48.20eginning in the Fall of 2013, my students began contributing pecha-kucha presentations to a compendium of modernism-related terms. A pecha-kucha, in which a student displays 20 slides for 20 seconds each, is a concise way for students to visually and orally present a lot of information, which in my courses has helped them navigate the complicated concepts, events, and -isms that shape modernist literature and culture. A small initial set of terms is hosted at Modernisms: A Pecha-Kucha Compendium, but my hope is that students will have the opportunity to add to its scope in semesters to come, making it a genuine resource for beginning students of modernism.

 Artists’ Books Online

 From 2006-2008, I worked with Professor Johanna Drucker as project manager of Artists’ Books Online, an archive of facsimiles of artists’ books.

The project had many goals, including making available online book objects that are often hidden way in specialized academic libraries; thinking about how librarians and academics can work together to build useful, yet subjective, metadata to describe unique book objects; figuring out how to disperse tasks of content-creation to contributing partners around the country; and considering the place of image-heavy content in a digital humanities field arguably dominated by text.

The project was a model for collaboration between UVA’s Scholar’s Lab, Rare Materials Digital Services, English Department, and Media Studies Program.

 Little Red Schoolhouse Online

In 2009, I served as project manager of Little Red Schoolhouse Online during an early stage of the creation of the site.

Along with the late Professor Greg Colomb, Professor Jon D’Errico, and a number of other graduate students, I helped conceive of and implement a digital pedagogy tool designed to supplement the Little-Red-Schoolhouse-based writing instruction we do in classrooms at UVA.

I’ve since moved on from the project, but I was contributing content as recently as 2012.

 Tender Buttons, Tender Keys

CarafeScreenIn 2003, I developed a Flash-based artwork called Tender Buttons, Tender Keys that served as the centerpiece of my college thesis on keyboard-based digital artwork.

In addition to offering a model for ways that the computer keyboard could be used for interacting with digital artworks (since then, touch interfaces have arguably superseded this form of interaction), the project sought to visually represent the vision I had at the time of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons as a playful linguistic network of signification. 

I’ve recently updated this project to run on modern PCs and Macs. While the intervening time has introduced a few bugs in display, a version for Windows can be downloaded here and a version for Mac can be downloaded here (because of security limitations added since Mac OS 10.8, you may need to change your “Security & Privacy” settings to allow applications downloaded from Anywhere, or the OS will misleadingly report that the file is damaged).

Documenting digital pedagogy and research about modernism, conceptualism, nonsense, seriousness, poetry, and digital culture