This first set results from an iteration through all recorded interaction data, matching cursor positions to the corresponding computational processes (by calculating an overlapping time threshold for each instance).
This second set is a considerable improvement in veracity over the first, because the computational activity associated with the cursor—though significant—is by no means the only one. In this step, a computational space is opened up (by mapping the time of all instances of activity against the space/time-data gathered in step one).
When further refining this computational space, I am reminded of Luciana Parisi’s idea of topological control. Basically (and this is her case for algorithmic architecture both as an architectural formal practice as well as a infrastructural body), a fabric with nodes that constitute parameters which govern a specific space.
“ACME is an international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial, and the political.”
The Variable Media Questionnaire is a method specifically designed by the Forging The Future alliance to deal with the problems of interpretative, ephemeral and ambivalent artefacts created digitally.
In the creators’ words:
The Variable Media Questionnaire is a project of Forging the Future, an alliance dedicated to building tools to help rescue digital culture from oblivion.
Note: this is strictly intended for emulation, storage, preservation and interpretation BY archivists/conservators.
RQ: How can artefactual mapping critically investigate contemporary concepts of digital subjectivity?
I. Introduction & Contextualization
- Quote from Aleida Assmann about living unhistorically, propose this as mode of living, contextualize this with research relating to social media (emotional contagion) showing that this is a material issue
- background as a designer and coder: my belief that the constituting processes of digital activity are inherently important and too often hid following UX-rationalizing
II. Literature Review
- Periodizing Hypotheses: Ever since Jameson’s original periodizing hypothesis of postmodernism, there have been numerous more such as presentism, extreme present, postcapitalism, post-postmodernity with accompanying concepts of the sublime. Showcase these periodizing hypotheses and bracket with Jameson’s concepts of 1984/2015
- Paradoxical Demands: Historicity and Digital Artefacts, discussing the problematic treatment of digital cultural artefacts through continuous and persistent emulation (≈ that it actually weakens any historicity that could be ascribed to them and suggests autonomy of the digital realm), and highlight how the V&A’s RRC (see below) strategy differs
- Research Impulse: if this ahistoricity is still the dominant cultural logic (no matter if we call it postmodernity or not), this would necessitate methods employed in cultural studies and museology that respect and acknowledge both this and the material effects of the digital sphere and our actions in it. Accordingly, if we were to render the processes of digital activity as material maps and contextualize them as artefacts themselves, can the suggested future historicity elicit statements on our own historic situation?
- Discursive Materialism, for multiple reasons above I hope: also discuss briefly why not to go for Digital Materialism (concepts of historicity is part of a discourse that is not entirely governed in or transposed to the digital sphere)
- The chosen methodology suggests an inextricable onto-epistomology; as it posits a theoretical autonomy of discourse from the being of the world while simultaneously acknowledging its interaction and place within it. Talking about things and the way we do it changes our relations to them and in turn the discourse, re:Althusser
- A Experimental Prototyping of a browser extension that allows users to employ RRC as a strategy, mapping digital processes and elements
- B Harris Matrix and like mapping procedures, ref.: Jameson’s aesthetics of cognitive mapping (!)
- C Creative Interpretative Practice to further render these processes material
- As far as Method A is concerned, there are methods in place in Google Chrome extension programming that eliminate privacy concerns
- All according data that might be used would have to be submitted consciously and actively, consent via modified UoB consent form.
IV. Data Analysis
- Observation/Documenting: Focus Groups in various constitutions (students of cultural studies, museology, aesthetics, critical theory | other participants) confronted with various constitutions and contextualizations of produced material (object elicitation?), reflexivity re:timeline
- Workshops (?)
- Assess Inductive Potential
- Artefactual Mapping as Method?
- Blog, Paper, Exhibition (?)
- […] working on it, overlaps everywhere probably.
- £100-150: Stereolithic Prints
- £50+: Material for Focus Groups/Workshops
VIII. Bibliography & Figures
- Academic Props
For Foucault, then, language, discourse, and thought, are theorized as belonging to an autonomous realm, theoretically, and conceptually separate from the being of the world, but in practical senses embedded in and interacting with the world.
Olssen, Mark (2010) ‘Discourse, Complexity Life: Elaborating the possibilities of Foucault’s materialist conception of discourse’, in Colin B. Grant (Ed.) Beyond Universal Pragmatics: Studies in the philosophy of communication, Oxford: Peter Lang