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Constructing Knowledge: The Materiality of Information

I plan to explore the materiality behind knowledge construction by analyzing key technologies from the advent of the most basic inscription tools, to the technologies being created to sift through and rank the torrents of information and data that are continually generated today. What kind of information was being inscribed with the earliest writing tools? What kind of information hierarchies are we (willing or not) participants in today? Are the technologies I am researching products of the cultural attitude towards information production, collection, and access, or the reason for the attitude itself?  I will start by looking at the earliest technologies used to inscribe information, and how the earliest forms [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Alex, Track Proposals|

Hearing Racial Identity: A History of Radio from Minstrelsy to Podcasts

Since the height of modernism, radio has been a negotiated site of both racial hegemony and political resistance, an amorphous cultural text whose historical record offers a nuanced dialogue between American capitalism, technological determinism, politics of colorblind white liberalism and mass communication. With so-called Golden Age programs like The Amos and Andy Show (1928-1960) and The Lone Ranger (1933-1954),  blockbuster radio programs didn’t just rearrange social behaviors of media consumption, they also transformed how racial identity was inscribed within American culture writ large. By the time America had entered WWII, the power of the radio could not only reinforce the ideology that lusted for minstrelsy, but it could also breath [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Ben, Track Proposals|

The Evolution of Fanfiction and Transformative Works from Print to the Internet Age

This project will explore the history of the production of transformative works in collaborative fan communities. The modern conception of a “fan” as a science fiction/fantasy nerd who dresses up, attends conventions, and writes stories about their favorite characters grew largely out of the 1960’s with the advent of Star Trek. Today, belonging to a fandom has become more mainstream and no longer relegated to an often mocked subculture. On the surface, it appears as though this shift extends only as far back as the last fifty years, especially as it relates to to the cultural works created by fans: fanfiction, fanvideo, fanart, etc. The idea of rewriting canonical text [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Colleigh, Track Proposals|

Track Proposal: Short-form messaging

This research project will examine how humans have dealt with information demanding immediate attention through innovations in short-form, long-distance, text-based messaging technologies beginning the 19th century. Up until the early 20th century, access to these types of technologies, due to cost and proximity, were limited to wealthy individuals and institutional players like militaries and businesses. These technologies, like early telegraphs and animal-powered messaging networks, were faster than the postal service and largely unidirectional, which therefore only accommodated asynchronous communication. In 1860, Paul Reuter, who later founded the news-agency Reuters, used carrier pigeons to deliver news headlines and messages containing stock market prices. Carrier pigeons were also used to deliver messages [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Amanda, Track Proposals|

Currency: A Monetary Medium Connected China to the World

In this project, I will illustrate how Chinese currency as a medium interacted with social changes and political movements from 1840 to the present day. While China enjoys a long history of 5000 years, it was not until 1840 was it connected to the world trade system. Since then, China started its modernization and made several profound changes in currency reforms. Replicas of various ancient to 19th century cast cash coins in various metals found in China, Korea and Japan (Wikipedia) After the First Industrial Revolution, the European started their capital accumulation from Africa to Asia. When the British government tried to sell opium to China in exchange [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|Chao, Track Proposals|

Track Proposal: The Sociocultural Impacts the Development of the Still Image Has Had in American Culture   “One picture is worth one thousand words” – William Saroyan   I want to weigh the sociocultural impacts that photography has created in its evolution. Through the lens of empathy, how can we understand how photography has positively or negatively impacted prosocial, human relations? I understand that it is difficult to quantify empathy, but I am trying to capture the social ripples of inventing or advancing the technology that captures reality as it is, unlike a painting or drawing, which are highly interpretive. How does a still image, which has been rare and [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Audy, Track Proposals|

The Trajectory of Citizen Journalism: From the Print Press Era to the Internet Century

It’s the figure skating field of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Winter Games. You spectate and record Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s elegant performance on the ice with your camera. Yuzuru scores highest and you eagerly post his skating video online with great congratulations. It’s Monday morning, you wake up and check twitter updates as usual only find that your friend (who is not a journalist) near Times Square warned that “Stay out of the place and avoid the N line. Police were responding to a bomb threat”. You retweet the post in shock and ask for sure that your friend is safe now. Your favorite actress joins the “MeToo” activity [...]

By |February 26th, 2018|Luxuan, Track Proposals|

Innovation in Photography Through the Lens of Sport

"The Horse in Motion" (Eadweard Muybridge, 1878) I will be examining the ways in which the industry of sports photography has influenced and been influenced by the development of advanced photographic technology, as well as major moments in sporting history that were made famous through photography. My hypothesis is that the desire to better photograph sports helped drive innovation in the development and popularity of digital photography. The objects included in this project will show the advancement of photography specifically as it pertains to documenting sports, which I find to be an effective lens through which we can see how photography has advanced to better capture high-speed events [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Kaidia, Track Proposals|

Evolution of Television Industry in China and Social Conditions behind its Development

My project is going to explore the development of television in mainland China and it will also put this technical development into the broader narrative in China’s social development and changes. It will discuss how televisions have evolved, under what social conditions they are developed and what are their influence on the society. When the People's Republic was founded in 1949, the telecommunications systems and facilities were rudimentary and they lagged behind most countries in the world. But after the establishment of the new government, communications were established rapidly in the 1950s. On the mainland, the first black and white TV Beijing was created on March,18, 1958, the first national [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Jin, Track Proposals|

Let’s Hear It for the Teens: Music Sharing and the Self-Determination of an American Demographic

For this project, I want to look at the ways in which the teenager began to define itself as a concept through audio media innovation. I would argue that teenagers are more autonomous than ever today, and the digitization of their lives plays an integral role in this age group's ability to continue to define itself as an American type. The concept of the teenager cropped up right in the middle of our timeline, post-war and post-win. The teenager's ability to shape their own experiences, through music, especially, changes gradually as media technology flourished. Beginning with social dances in the 1870s, the audio technology available and the spaces in which [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Liana, Track Proposals, Uncategorized|