Lab 4

Given what we have discussed in class so far, I am interested in looking at different ways to organize folklore for a particular culture or religious group.  Since this is such a broad area of study, I think it would be most fruitful (and least overwhelming) to focus on a specific group to maximize the amount of relevant material sourced.  I would like it to be a multimedia analysis that could include visuals, audio, and images …sort of like the DH project we looked at with the sounds and images.  Due to my interests and comfortability with topics I will most likely look at Celtic folklore and try and organize it in a way that the plethora of material is more easily accessible. The data required for this project would be pretty much any and everything that I can find.  I think that the more included in this project the more beneficial it will be to whoever is using it.  Folklore covers a lot of different mediums so anything that is accurate and relative to Celtic folklore I intend to include in the project. My initial thoughts on where to find the data would be the National Folklore Collection or accessible images…as long as they don’t cost $400 to use.

Lab 3

So far I have started working on the one-sitting data diary out of my three.  I’m working on “my favorite painter!”.  This work was a little bit challenging at first glance.  When I saw what the outcome of my drawing was supposed to look like, its seemingly just a bunch of different colors and lines.  When I read through the directions, I realized that the dots, lines, sizes, strokes, etc. are indicative elements of the information being described.  As a visual learner, I enjoyed seeing the breakdown of what all of these different elements mean separately and how they correlate as a whole. There’s a lot of information that is being put into basically different colored/designed boxes (which is interesting!).

 

The digital humanities project that I chose to look at was the My Nola, My story project. This project uses a variety of digital materials to help preserve New Orleans’s culture and history. The project is a  collection of different video stories of New Orleans natives. The topics in the stories range from art, fashion, education, housing, etc. The material spans a wide range of topics surrounding New Orleans culture in order to make a functioning collection of narratives. The videos also range from 4-18 minutes so it’s very easy to surf around and see a plethora of different videos relating to New Orleans Culture.

 

I really enjoyed this project. I can see the purpose of it is obviously to preserve the culture and also create a universal/accessible website where people can view different narratives.  Being able to hover over the icons and directly pop into a video that you can also easily leave was a feature that I liked about this project.  I also think it was beneficial for them to include a variety of different topics such as policies, housing, and the art world. I believe these topics allow different people to see all of the different moving parts of New Orleans culture.

Lab 1

  1. The spiral exercise was the most challenging exercise for me.  The first two parts were more straightforward due to less time but it was interesting to see what could be done with more time and constant attention to the drawing.

2.  The schema we created looked at the comparison of time spent doing something safe versus something potentially dangerous. It was split up into three categories; safe, neutral, and dangerous.  We then color-coded each event on the timeline with a corresponding color. After this, we broke it up into percentages and then a pie chart to see the visual data.

3. I will be doing #7(my favorite painter), #16 (my time alone), #18 (my distractions)