Information Science & Information Studies

Trading Races:  a presentation and discussion with 
Adeline Koh & Eileen Chow

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse
Lunch Provided

Please join the GreaterThanGames Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute for an event with our 2012-13 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Adeline Koh (Richard Stockton College) and Eileen Chow of Duke's Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. 

In this session, Koh will discuss her game, Trading Races - - an elaborate role-playing game set at the University of Michigan of Ann Arbor campus in April 2003. It has been funded by the Duke Humanities Writ Large grant, a Mellon grant aimed at redesigning undergraduate education in the humanities, and by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She will be joined by Eileen Chow (AMES), who will discuss her use of the game in her classes at Duke in Spring 2013. 

The game is is set two months before the Supreme Court landmark decisions on affirmative action in 2003. Players take on the roles of multi-ethnic and multi-national members of an imaginary Michigan Student Assembly, and present speeches on race related issues based upon their characters’ social and political orientation in gameplay. By asking players to assume the ideological worldview of people different from themselves, the game encourages players to “trade races” intellectually and emotionally. Trading Races is designed to be a Reacting to the Past game, where players are transported to a time period in the past and play historical characters. Through careful study of key texts and learning modes of argumentation, student players learn to engage with big ideas, and to empathize with points of view different from their own.

Cosponsored by ISIS, FHI and the GreaterThanGames Lab

Tamiko Thiel: Current Works

Wednesday, March 27, 12pm
Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, Room B177

Lunch will be provided

Tamiko Thiel is a media artist developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of various forms of virtual and augmented reality as a medium for exploring social and cultural issues. She will present her current work and research as part of her visiting artist residency with the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA).  The event is co-sponsored by Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS).
Thiel has exhibited internationally at venues such as the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and London, and at media art festivals such as Siggraph and ISEA. Her work has been supported by grants from entities and institutions including WIRED Magazine, the Japan Foundation, the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Berlin Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the IBM Innovation Award.
Thiel holds a B.S. in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University (1979), an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (1983) and a Diploma of Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1991).

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Emerging Terrains | The Tangled Landscapes of the Physical and the Digital

Chris Coleman
University of Denver

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 6, Room B177 (first floor, near vending machines)
Lunch Provided

Artist Chris Coleman will talk about his work investigating notions of nationalism, borders, landscape, nature, technology and entropy across several artistic disciplines including animation, interactive installation, electronics and kinetics. His work has been shown across the globe in film festivals, electronic art festivals, galleries, and museums, most recently in the 404 Festival in Argentina and at the Artisphere in Washington DC. Come and learn about open source software, building crazy machines, and collaboration. Lunch Provided.

This event is also part of the Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Immersed in Every Sense Visiting Artist Series

Reading 100 Plays at the Same Time: Encounters as Micro­networks in Literature

Zephyr Frank

Department of History and Program in Modern Thought and Literature
Stanford University

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
12:00 - 1:15PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 "Garage"
Lunch Provided

Erving Goffman used the language of theater, and a close analysis of what happens on stage, to generate a theory of social experience. This paper adopts Goffman's approach, based on elementary "strips" of interaction, and repurposes it for the quantitative study of plays as micro-encounters that build into macro-structures. The encounter provides a computational signal and an interpretive concept in the "window," an arbitrarily cut strip of a given number of speeches in a play. As the window moves through the play, a micro-network is built based on the speech-acts within the window's range. While the overall network of a play can reveal something about a play's social and dramatic structure, the window helps us capture, quantitatively, the basic units of social experience that go toward creating those larger structures. The window also allows for the comparison of many plays of varying length and structure, putting, for example, the Ancients, Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brazilian playwrights together in a new analytical frame.

Zephyr Frank is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, Director of the Spatial History Project, and the principal investigator for the Terrain of History project. He is also the director of CESTA. The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), an interdisciplinary collective of labs operates independently of any one particular home department, and is organizationally housed within the Dean of Research at Stanford University.

Too Much to Read: Scrapbooks and How People Managed Information Before the Internet

Ellen Gruber Garvey
Professor, Department of English
New Jersey City University

Thursday, October 25, 2012
12:30 -1 :30PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 "Garage"
Lunch will be served - all are welcome!

Nineteenth-century Americans created scrapbooks to document, share, critique, and participate in a rapidly changing world of information overload. Like us, they felt overwhelmed by the written material in their lives. Their ways of coping with data and paper offer new ways to understand the history of LexisNexis, bookmarks, Google, and other methods of managing textual abundance.

Professor Garvey is the author of Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

See also the Scrapbook History Website


Digital Voices: Oral Cultures and New Forms of Communication

Sylvia K. Miller, Project Director, Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement, University of North Carolina Press

Seth Kotch, Coordinator of Digital Oral History Initiatives, Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill

MaryLeigh Morbey, Associate Professor of Culture and Technology, York University and Associate Co-Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
12:00 -1:30PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C 105 "Garage"

 This panel will discuss how scholars can meaningfully serve histories and oral cultures in communicating, mapping, mediating, and publishing. Mary Leigh Morbey will talk about her work with the Northern Ugandan violence project with the Uganda National Museum and how new communication forms facilitate presenting Ugandan oral culture. Seth Kotch will talk about the Southern Oral History Program's efforts to introduce oral history to a wider public and to explore new ways of making oral histories about the civil rights movement accessible and useful to scholars and students, via online archives, blogs, public radio, and geotagging. Sylvia Miller will talk about the new forms of multimedia e-books that the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement project team has been exploring, which seek to bring together voices of the past and present via reader-contributed commenting, contextually embedded music and oral histories, and outbound links to archival collections. We look forward to a lively session with some striking audiovisual examples.

Celine Latulipe, UNC Greensboro  and Annabel Manning, Duke MFAEDA Candidate

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012
12:00PM - 1:15PM
Carpentry Shop

Layered Surveillance: This installation makes use of wireless gyroscopic mice to allow participants to interactively and collaboratively adjust various layers of a projected image. Annabel Manning's source images have been segmented into four different layers, typically with one human figure per layer. Participants are able to work with transparency, blurriness, and brightness for one layer, and with multiple participants working together. In addition, each layer (figure) actually has 4 different versions with varying level of detail, so participants are able to increase and decrease the level of detail for the figure they are controlling, enabling participants to sharpen or relax the identity of the figures. Surveillance Lenses: In Surveillance Lenses, Annabel Manning has used the symTone software created by Latulipe to turn her digital still images into moving, evocative, narrative movies. Participants are given gyroscopic wireless mice and can manipulate lenses which act like spotlights on the movie. The movies are presented in a darkened format, and only through the use of the wireless mice can participants train their spotlights on the moving figures. This puts the participants into the role of performing surveillance, individually and collectively. Latulipe will present on her collaborations with Annabel Manning, Duke MFAEDA student. Event will take place in the MFAEDA Carpentry Shop, which is located next to Smith Warehouse and the Steam Plant on Campus Drive.

Building small worlds: new stories for new screens

Caitlin Fisher
York University

Monday, April 2, 2012
12:00PM - 1:15PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 "Garage"

This show-and tell talk will serve as an introduction to the content and tools produced in our lab, as well as show work that makes use of off-the-shelf augmented reality solutions. Examples will include work made with SnapdragonAr, GPS Cinema, Flartoolkit, COSM and Unity. What constitutes compelling content in these kinds of environments? How can augmented reality be used for pre-visualization? As archival practice? For rapid prototyping of mobile media experiences?

Caitlin Fisher holds a Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture at York University, where she directs the Augmented Reality Lab in the Faculty of Fine Arts, an innovative interdisciplinary augmented reality lab with an international profile, drawing students from both Fine Arts and Computer Science and producing its own software and interface solutions as well as groundbreaking content. A co-founder of York’s Future Cinema Lab, Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on constructing and theorizing spatial narrative environments. She is an international award-winning digital storyteller.

 Between Visuality and Acoustics: Literary Strategies in New Media Art

Claudia Benthien
University of Hamburg, Germany

Wednesday, March  21, 2012
12:00PM - 1:15PM
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 "Garage"

Professor Dr. Claudia Benthien (Department of German Literature, University of Hamburg, Germany) Between Visuality and Acoustics: Literary Strategies in New Media Art LUNCH WILL BE SERVED. BIO: Dr. Claudia Benthien (University of Hamburg, Germany) is a professor in the Department of German Literature and an active member of the University of Hamburg's Working Group for Gender Studies and Cultural Theory (Arbeitsstelle für Genderforschung und Kulturtheorie). She is a widely published specialist in German literature and culture from 1650 to the present whose work focuses on gender studies, intellectual history, cultural theory, and media studies. Her most recent book examines the intersection of notions of shame, gender, and performativity in selected works of the canonical German playwright, Friedrich Schiller (Tribunal der Blicke. Kulturtheorien von Scham und Schuld und die Tragödie um 1800 [The Tribunal of the Gaze: Tragedy around 1800 and Cultural Theories of Guilt and Shame] 2011). She has also published a book on silence in baroque poetry and in 1999, a monograph on skin. Dr. Benthien has begun a new research project on new media art in Germany in which she analyzes shifts in the relationship between voice, script, and image in emerging forms of artistic expression. Her talk draws on this new work, and will be in English. SPONSORED BY ISIS and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature

Visiting Artist Ethan Jackson Presents Camera Obscura Work, Divinity School Installation 

Ethan Jackson

13 March 2012, 12 Noon -1:15 PM
Smith Warehouse
FHI "Garage" (Bay 4, Downstairs, Room C105)
Lunch will be served


14 March 2012, 3:30 -5:00 PM
Divinity School
Cloister Walk and Goodson Chapel
Talk and Opening Reception to Follow


Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Information Science + Information Studies present Visiting Artist Ethan Jackson. Ethan will present his work and introduce his new camera obscura based optical installation newly mounted in the Divinity School's Westbrook Hall Cloister Walk. Lunch will be provided. Ethan Jackson is a visual artist working in optical installation, photographic media, and interactive video. Light, vision, image and imagination are the basis for projects that range across perceptual, spatial, documentary and experiential territory.

*** Ethan Jackson's visit is part of the Art, Art History & Visual Studies "Immersed in Every Sense" Visiting Artist Series. Immersed in Every Sense is generously supported by the Duke University Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Fund and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies Visiting Artist Fund.

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Acoustic Robots and Electronic Gamelan: Composing for VERY Mixed Media 

Christina Southworth
Evan Ziporyn


14 February 2012, 12 Noon - 1:15 PM
Smith Warehouse
FHI "Garage" (Bay 4, Downstairs, Room C105)
Lunch will be served

"Acoustic Robots and Electronic Gamelan: Composing for VERY Mixed Media" - composers Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn (MIT) discuss their compositions for and with Gamelan Galak Tika and Ensemble Robot - work which combines robot technology, DIY instrument building, and an exploration of non-western musical practices to produce unlikely linkages and creative fissures.

Christine Southworth is founder of Ensemble Robot.  She has been commissioned by and composed for the Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can, the California EAR Unit, and the Calder Quartet.  Her SuperCollider - for string quartet and electronic gamelan - was featured at 2010 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; her hour-long Zap! combined live Van de Graff Generator, Tesla Coils, and live musicians.  She is currently working on a new work for Yo-yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Evan Ziporyn is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT, where he directs Gamelan Galak Tika.  A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-stars, he has collaborated with a who's who of contemporary musicians, including Steve Reich, Paul Simon, Brian Eno, Iva Bittova, Don Byron, Wu Man, Glenn Branca, Thurston Moore, and Philip Glass.  His works have been commissioned and performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Gamelan Semara Ratih, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  His opera A House in Bali highlighted the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival.  His first solo CD, This is Not A Clarinet, made top-10 lists across the country; his newest CD, Big Grenadilla/Mumbai, will be released on Cantaloupe Music this spring.


 Mobile Application Development

Matthew Bischoff

7 December 2011, Noon - 1:30PM
Smith Warehouse
FHI "Garage" (Bay 4, Downstairs, Room C105)
Lunch will be served


Please join us for a lunchtime conversation at Noon, Wed, Dec 7 in the FHI Garage  in Smith Warehouse Bay 4 with Mobile App Developer Matt Bischoff of  Matt has been a successful independent developer, and recently got a job with the New York Times to develop mobile apps for the newspaper.  He both has programming chops and a background in graphic arts and UI.  He is a strong proponent of UI and believes this is the key to a successful app.  I'm sure we can all learn a lot from Matt's experience, so hope to see you there! 


 Alternate | Augmented Reality? 
Constraint-based live events in common space

Sha Xin Wei
Topological Media Lab
Concordia University

31 October 2011,  Noon -1:30PM 
Smith Warehouse
FHI "Garage" (Bay 4, Downstairs, Room C105)
Lunch will be served

Alternate, and Augmented Reality may draw inspiration from pre-modern forms of sited play, including festivals,  pageants, puppetry, street games, and street theatre.  Many of these forms of public make-believe endure, and it may be useful to see why and how they retain their powerful appeal in the face of electric, digital, and network media.  We'll look at contemporary forms of urban play or public game, such as parkour and LARP's.  We'll discuss what opportunities may open up when we combine ancient technologies of  play and public theatre with the emerging generation of instruments for game and play that can be created with the billions of ubiquitous computers now riding in phones, jackets, shoes, and cardboard boxes.

Architectural Optics: Building with Images

Ethan Jackson

March 16, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00PM
Smith Warehouse
FHI "Garage" (Bay 4, Downstairs, Room C105)
Lunch will be served

 'a discussion of the camera obscura, the optical environment, and visual curiosity'

Ethan Jackson is currently in residence at ART342 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He is a visual artist working in optical installation, photographic media, and interactive video. Light, vision, image and imagination are the basis for projects that range across perceptual, spatial, documentary and experiential territory.  You can view his work here.

Sponsored by Art, Art History and Visual Studies, ISIS and the Visual Studies Initiative

ISIS Tech and New Media Tuesday feature Olivier Perriquet

February 22, 2011, 12:00 -1:00PM
Franklin Humanities Institute "Garage"
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Room C105
Lunch will be served.

 « Expériences in art and science »

Olivier Perriquet is a Visiting Artist with the Visual Studies Initiative this 
Spring. MD in pure mathematics and PhD in computational biology from the 
university of Lille I, he also graduated from Le Fresnoy, National Studio of 
Contemporary Arts in France. He will present some of his artworks and take 
advantage of his dual position (artist / scientist) to give a sense of the 
difference between artistic and scientific approaches when they address 
scientific productions. The French word « expérience », having the double 
inflexion experience / experiment, will serve as a guideline to suggest that 
each approach has its own specificities, and that none of them is reducible 
nor subordinated to the other. This presentation is aiming neither at 
objectivity nor at truth. A foretaste on his website: 


FHI Experiencing Virtual Worlds Working Group

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 430-6pm
East Duke 111

Please join us as we learn more about the work of Florian Wiencek. Florian is visiting Duke for a month from Jacobs University in Bremen, where he is a PhD student in Visual Communication, and a Research Associate for the "Bild-Film-Diskurs" project. At Duke he is working on new concepts of the archive within virtual world environments, and is collaborating with Julian Lombardi and the OpenCobalt team to realize some of his concepts.  he will share his current work and we'll discuss some of the themes that come up in association with constructing virtual archives. All are welcome!

For questions please contact Victoria Szabo,

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