Digital Methodologies
 

Beirut directory. Ghosn 1969. p 66-67

Beirut directory. Ghosn 1969. p 66-67


Digital Methodologies (DM), is a 3-part initiative around how/when/why we engage the “digital” in our academic/artistic research processes. It consists of a 4-week workshop in Beirut (june-july), sponsoring three projects for a residency at marra.tein through an open-call (sep-feb), and a final output that brainstorms how to move forward for collaborating between individuals outside of institutions (april 2018).
(This project is made possible with the support of mophradat)



- questions that drive the project -
 

This project engages questions at the heart of many artists/academics’ research - especially those who work in “new media” and the Digital Humanities: how can we use the digital not simply as an output, but as a process in our research? How can reframings through methodologies in digital domains give us new analytic purchase on key questions into our research? How can we conceptualize and work through a research agenda where "traditional" products hold hands with digital practices? (ex. working with archives, producing written & digital scholarship in tandem, making interfaces or building databases). Most of us are now drowning in our own data and material that we horde, how can  we use digital means to change the scales of how we order,  sort, and conceptualize the directions this might take? What tools allow us new scales and wider lenses for our projects? Why would an artist or anthropologist want to build a database? How can computational practices allow us to juxtapose, shift, and reframe materials central to our research?  This initiative is not a “how-to," but a conceptual conversation on the specific stakes, boundaries and possibilities of people’s work reframed through DM. This allows us to bring together practitioners who are struggling to think through how/in what ways/why DM aids our research practices.
Finally we hope to explore aspects specific to the larger middle east, given the increased attention/urgency/fetishization of preservation, cultural heritage, and digitization that runs on the coattails between accelerated loss and warfare,  


I
- Workshop -

Digital Methodologies:
Narratives, Stories, and Research

 

Calls for participants due June 9th

This an open call for participants to submit applications for the workshop: "Digital Methodologies:
Narratives, Stories, and Research." 
We will meet over eight sessions from June 14-July 14th.  The workshop will have a syllabus (a framework for collaboration and collective engagement) led by Jared McCormick. Individuals will be admitted based on a “problem collection” or issues from which they are currently working that intersects with digital questions in their research/process.

 

digital research problems

Many Digital Humanities projects are limp - but how can we activate, enliven, and juxtapose the processes of digital born research and collections in our workflows? How can we collaborate as individuals beyond the confines of the institutions (academic/artistic/otherwise)?  How do we compile, sample, and frame various parts of our work? in what ways does producing "digital" aspects of our research fold back into our larger research agendas?  how can we carry our arguments into non-textual outputs?

This workshop hopes to explore these issues and will consist of 8 session. Each session will include 2/3 academic articles, 2/3 short readings from the Digital Humanities, as well as a number of example digital projects and interfaces for us to explore and talk through. (there will be some overview of software & tools that relate to that week's content). The impetus is to use the working group (10 individuals) for us to discuss and navigate a spectrum of issues relevant in our work that overlaps with the larger issues of doing research in/through/via digital production and processes.  The goal of the workshop is to bring together a group with wide interest that overlap with dm. 

One main theme is to foster a collaborative environment to develop individual projects.   Each participant is asked to apply with a "problem collection" in mind (a set of documents, an archive in which she is working, interactive mapping/GIS, visualizations, integrating sound with text, a folder with 2,000 images, etc). As such, the workshop sessions are twofold: The "syllabus" is a vehicle which will take us through different conceptual terrain, however the group dynamics of us all coming with our  “problem collections” will continually draw us back into concrete, specific, local questions that we hope to address in a collaborative environment. This assembly of 10 individuals selected for the workshop hopes to start a conversation in Beirut about those facing "digital" problems in their research. this workshop hopes to conceptualize the stakes of such work, provide a network of peers for these conversations, as well as a way to move forward with realizing such unruly projects. 


Possible sessions for the group workshop might include: 

  • “How to be a Troll online:” OCR as gateway for research
  • Barf 2.0”: Making more of putting your materials online
  • Public Domain dumps & what to do with them?
  • Translation/Transliteration woes
  • Beyond the visual: Working with the senses in our interfaces/projects
  • Digital storytelling: images + text + sound + video
  • Accessibly and Audience: Setting Boundaries
  • what is the Digital Humanities? 


APPLY FOR THE WORKSHOP

please send the below materials to marra.tein by June 9th.

  1. a one page motivation statement that describes your background/work/process
  2. a short description of your "problem collection" that you hope to bring to the workshop for collaboration 
  3. samples of work (images, websites, videos - please limit materials to what is relevant)
  4. anything else you feel might help contextualize your interests in this working group


Workshop logistics

The workshop will begin on June 14/15th
There is no fee for participation - those selected will be notified by June 11th via email
There will be a working dinner with every workshop session - all food and drinks are provided!
All meetings will take place at marra.tein - in Rmeil (ashrafieyh) - see map here
feel free to write with any questions!
 


II
- residency -


Open call will be released in July 2017
We will sponsor (3) individuals/collectives/projects in the fall 2018 at marra.tein.  
We hope to cover travel and provide a small production grant.  Each project will have use of marra.tein to maximize their research and projects. we also envision some public engagement or workshop around their research interests.
 


III
- forming a conversation -


building a network for moving forward (april 2018)
This will be a conversation held in Beirut + interface that highlights what was covered, personal work advanced through the initiative, and a “report” that sets in motion a way so that people can continue to collaborate on these issues further.