University Park Campus
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free. Reception to follow.
When Cathy N. Davidson and Duke University gave free iPods to the freshman class in 2003, critics called it a waste of money. Yet when students found academic uses for the brand-new music devices in virtually every discipline, the iPod experiment proved to be a classic example of the power of disruption—a way of refocusing attention to illuminate unseen possibilities. This idea will be at the heart of Davidson’s talk, which will draw from her recently published and critically acclaimed book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn. Exploring cutting-edge research on the brain, she shows how the phenomenon of “attention blindness” shapes our lives, and how it has led to one of the greatest problems of our historical moment: although we email, blog, tweet and text as if by instinct, too many of us toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century, not the one we live in. We can change that. This inspiring talk will help us think in historical, theoretical and practical ways about how we as individuals and as institutions can learn new ways to thrive in our interactive, digital and global world.
Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at Duke University, where she helped create the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2002, she cofounded HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory or “haystack”), a virtual network of innovators that directs the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions. She holds two distinguished chairs at Duke and has published more than twenty books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America, Closing: The Life and Death of an American and The Future of Thinking. In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities.
Professor Peter Bol
Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Hedco Capture Room
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
2:00 to 3:30 PM
Event Flyer (.pdf)
Craig Dietrich, lecturer at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy, will be leading a workshop on Scalar as part of a series of workshops on authoring environments. Scalar is both an authoring and publishing platform designed to make it easy to publish long-form, media-rich scholarship online. Interested students should bring a laptop with them to the workshop.
Friday, September 30, 6pm-8pm
Annenberg Innovation Lab (ASC 104)
More information about Scalar can be found at this site.
Find more information about USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab at this site.
Thursday, April 15
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
Intellectual Commons, 2nd Floor
Free lunch provided
HyperCities will be presented by Todd Presner of UCLA and Phil Ethington of USC. After a brief presentation, Leta Li Hunt of USC Libraries will open a general discussion with a brief commentary. The session will be moderated by Tara McPherson, Co-Director of USCs Center for Transformative Scholarship.
HyperCities (http://www.hypercities.com) is a collaborative learning and research platform that augments the space and time of the physical world with the information web and renders the experience of the World Wide Web geographic and temporal. HyperCities is an aggregation platform curated and supervised by a global collaborative of contributing scholars and independent researchers that is designed to revolutionize the way we study and experience the cities of the world. HyperCities sorts and orders content owned, controlled, and in many cases, stored by our partner institutions. Our first HyperCities are Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Rome, and Tel Aviv, with many more in the works.
Monday, October 4, 2010 : 4:00pm
Doheny, Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240
While pundits worry about the increasing amount of time young people spend online in dematerialized virtual spaces, we have also witnessed in the last decade an explosion of practices and devices that return our attention to the hand. From the online craft vendor Etsy to the tactile interfaces of our iPhones, our information age is also an embodied and haptic one. The body and the digital are deeply interlaced. This event will consider the particular roles that touch and the emotions play in our sense of self and the world.
Join us to explore the digital up-close and hands-on with Erik Loyer and Sharon Daniel. Loyer is a media artist and creative director working at the intersection of interactivity, story, music and animation. He is also the award-winning creator of Ruben and Lullaby, a gesture-controlled narrative application for the iPhone. His work has been exhibited online and internationally at venues including Artport at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Digital Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; and IndieCade. Scholar, artist and activist Sharon Daniel operates at the border between theory and practice with a keen focus on social justice issues. Her work utilizes new media to address issues of incarceration and addiction. She has been exhibited internationally at museums and festivals including the Corcoran Biennial, the University of Paris, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Ars Electronica and the Lincoln Center Festival. Loyer and Daniel have collaborated on the production of two interactive documentaries: Public Secrets [http://publicsecret.net], a Webby Awards honoree, was originally published in the Vectors journal [http://vectorsjournal.org] and has been shown at arts festivals such as Transmediale in Berlin, Artefact in Belgium, and in gallery exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia; Blood Sugar [http://bloodandsugar.net] has been exhibited as a Wii remote-operated installation at UCLAs Art|Sci gallery and at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Blood Sugar was also published as a special project in the Memory issue of the Vectors journal.
The afternoon will include hands-on interaction with projects presented by Loyer and Daniel that will allow students to engage a variety of everyday haptic devices used in art projects, including the iPhone and the Wii remote, and will be followed by a casual reception.
This event is part of the The Touch of the Hand in the Digital Era series and is co-sponsored by the Center for Transformative Scholarship.
The Lupton Sisters
Friday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240
While pundits worry about the increasing amount of time young people spend online in dematerialized virtual spaces, we have also witnessed an explosion of practices and devices that return our attention to the hand. From the online craft vendor Etsy to the tactile interfaces of our iPhones, the body and the digital are deeply interlaced. The Touch of the Hand in the Digital Era is a two-part series that will consider the particular roles that touch and the emotions play in our sense of self and the world.
Sisters Ellen and Julia Lupton will offer a wide-ranging exploration of the D.I.Y. impulse of the past decade. The do-it-yourself movement, which signals the resurgence of craft and the handmade in contemporary life, exists in interesting tension with the widespread use of digital media. The Lupton sisters are ideally poised to address this seeming paradox. Ellen Lupton is an award-winning graphic designer, curator and critic, and Julia Lupton is a noted Shakespearean scholar. Together, they have published a series of popular books focused on design and everyday life, including Design Your Life, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself and D.I.Y. Kids. The Lupton sisters will also engage the audience in a hands-on D.I.Y. experience.