[-empyre-] Anne and Ben: thinking about fluid identities and making connections

B. Bogart ben at ekran.org
Fri Feb 20 05:56:30 AEDT 2015

Hello Selmin,

Thanks for the extra context. Your comments make me wonder about the
continuum between presentation, research and pedagogy generally. On the
presentation side, why not expose the OS and your own research tools in
presentations? Steer the OS for your students calling up various tools
and methods you use in your own research, rather than limiting yourself
to existing canned methods (i.e. even the web itself).

Now, this does not deal with the deeper question of "what type of
scholarship models we can offer to the students." Personally, I think
diversity and a rejection of the notion of standard would be valuable in
the context of this empyre discussion: Pluralism over transparency.

I did a A/V performance for a very close knit audience (Pure Data users)
in ~2005 and had a very significant glitch (no audio) -
http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/2007/reflex-2006/. The first 5 mins of the
performance consisted of me scrambling around trying to figure out what
was wrong (there is no documentation of this performance unfortunately).
This work was all about reflecting the underlying mechanisms, so it was
all mirrored where the audience sees my interface and nothing is hidden.
There was an amazing moment of relief that spread through the whole
audience and myself when we all noticed the problem at the same moment
as I clicked the "compute audio" button. A common problem I should have
checked first, but the search reflected the concept of the performance
very well.


On 15-02-18 10:12 AM, Selmin Kara wrote:
> Therefore, I am not sure if I care about continuity or smoothness in my
> presentations. What matters more is compatibility or the platforms
> ability to integrate various media and a database like structure that
> would allow me to navigate those media flexibly. Talking about
> presenting the media makes it sound like I am searching for a good
> presentation software but it really is more of a matter of what type of
> scholarship models we can offer to the students. In other words, I am
> more concerned about the way that the (audiovisual and written) texts I
> assign present the media. With regard to that, it might be better to
> explore alternative models instead of trying to pin down one as the
> standard and to have the option to look at video essays, podcasts,
> scalar-like webinar formats, or slides of theorists all within the same
> course.

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