It’s NYC DH Week, the week we’ve all been waiting for!
Monday was the kickoff for the week and there were various presentations from a large cohort of incredible digital humanists. Some of their projects are highlighted below.
“Who We Are”: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers
It’s census season and “Who We Are” shows us why that’s important. The exhibit is currently housed in the Museum of the City of New York and features independent-yet-connected data visualizations about the population of New York using census data. What’s just as important as who’s represented is who isn’t. People are missing from the census, and it’s often minorities. This matters because the census is “how the 435 members of the House of Representatives are allocated among the states,” (Brookings). “Who We Are” explores this and other issues.
Visit the website to learn more!
Moving Saints of the Bronx
Fordham students in the Bronx worked within the class “Modern Latin American Art” to create an interactive website that depicted Catholic art and objects throughout the Latinx community in the Bronx. This project helps understand the “role of religious cult objects in anchoring diasporic communities from Latin America to a new homeland in urban New York.” The site itself was made on Omeka, an open source platform that we work with at the DHC.
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Contactrot and other Projects by Jonah Brucker
Jonah Brucker is an artist and a professor at CUNY Lehman College. Many of his projects focus on the intersection of technology and people. The one that I found the most fascinating was called ContactRot, a contact-list app created to mimic the human memory. When you stop calling or texting a person, the listing of the contact slowly fades away, losing letters or numbers of the contact until it is entirely deleted. The project looks at our over-reliance on technology to remember. “When these items begin to disappear, we ultimately lose touch with people to the point of being forced to contact them in other ways (e.g., real life) to get the data back,” (coin-operated.com).
Visit his website here to see Contactrot and other projects.
Don’t forget to check out NYC DH Week’s schedule to catch some workshops today and tomorrow!