Thursday, April 22

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Friday, April 23

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Tinkuy: A Remix Experiment with Andean Bipartition Theory 

Multimedia: Video + Academic Paper Remixed with Hip Hop

Description of project, from presenter:

In this multimedia remix experiment, Shana Inofuentes employs the bipartition principle that undergirds much of Andean thought and civilization. Symbolizing it with the word Tinkuy—Quechua for “to come together”—she demonstrates its power to produce new ideas, musicality, and forms at the clashing juncture of opposites. Creating Tinkuy revealed conflicting connections in Shana’s own life, tensions that evoke the magical logic of tinkuy and bring us closer to universal truths of life, and to ourselves.

Technology and the Disconnected Life

Interactive Exploration & Worksheets

Description of project, from presenter:

If digital technology enables us to remain always connected, what does that connection look like? Is technology a useful tool or an inescapable atmosphere? This interactive exploration invites individuals to engage and reflect on the role of devices in their lives, and nudges them to reassess this role.

Please bring: Blank paper and a writing utensil.

Fly to the Moon

Website

Description of project, from presenter:

Scrollbar had existed for a long time and served its whole life helping us browse websites. What if one day scrollbar decided to try something new? These three websites will introduce you to a fascinating scrollbar adventure.

Join the presenters in an open discussion about their projects. 

Take a break to refuel!

Panelists include:

  • Isaac D. Pacheco, Director of State Magazine at U.S. Department of State
  • Tara Jabbari, Digital Media Consultant and Producer
  • Ashley Bowen, Editor, “Perspectives on History,” at the American Historical Association (AHA) 
  • Rachel Plotnick, Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington  

Being Connected: What Does that Mean?

The diffusion of mobile devices have created a dialectic of connection and disconnection. Some research says we touch our phones over 2500 times per day. And this was prior to the pandemic! The last year has provided the opportunity to reflect on how communication technologies can enhance but also diminish our sense of connection or presence. This session will start with a discussion of Professor Turner’s research on social presence. We will then engage in a conversation about what we have learned about presence over the last year and how we can take this knowledge into the future to create stronger connections in our graduate school community.

Vietnamese Avocado Milk And Ice Dessert

Ingredients: 
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • crushed ice
Tools needed:
  • Large mug or glass
  • Fork or Spoon
  • Optional: Blender if you’d like to make a smoothie instead.

Grab a drink and join students, professors, and alumni for a happy hour. 

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Saturday, April 24

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Shanniah Wright #LeadwithLove

Documentary Short Video

Description of project, from presenter: 

Shanniah is a junior on the Women’s Basketball team at Georgetown from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. At her core, Shanniah is a social entrepreneur and activist who is passionate about providing education opportunities and mentorship to at-risk youth. In high school, Shanniah created Project FOCUS to provide instruction and mentorship to local public elementary and middle school students of color in Brooklyn. Just recently, she founded Rose from the Concrete to bring her mission to the greater Washington D.C. area. Her message: #LeadwithLove.”

 

Barrah Cartoon Animation 

Cartoon Animation for Children

Description of project, from presenter:

Wasahebhoma Cartoon Animation inculcates children with the right set of values helping them develop better, improve upon their social skills and find their place in the society. Wasahebhoma wishes children to become not just good people but also great human beings.

Time for a Meal

Documentary Video

Description of project, from presenter:

By documenting the breakfast of retired people, lunch of middle-aged office workers, and midnight snack of young students, our documentary will explore the real reasons behind different eating habits and lifestyles. It is hoped that the documentary’s answer to the question “why we live this way” will enable audiences of different ages to better understand their relatives and communicate with them smoothly. It is also helpful for the audience to reflect on their own way of life by thinking and answering this question.

Afraid of Love

Music video with original visuals and music

Description of project, from presenter:

The definition of connection has really changed to me in the post-CoVid world we are living in. Whether it be over Zoom or socially distanced, we are finding new ways to connect with others (and to ourselves) through forms of expression and communication. For my proposal I will be creating a music video (directed, filmed, and edited by myself) using original music I have written, composed, and sung. The idea of creating the video by myself is one that definitely displays the ways in which connection is changing due to the pandemic. Normally I would have at least a few friends able to take part in my music video processes. However, just because I am making the video alone does not remove the sense of connection through sharing the process and final product with others. The lyrics of the song will be focused on resilience in this transition period of history we are living in, and what it means to connect with others (whether that be through art, through ideology, over the internet, etc). I think digitization is an important part of connection in our lives today, and so digital elements will either be subliminally or very openly a part of this project (both in content itself and the creation process).

Gather Georgetown

Website/Interactive Social Platform

Description of project, from presenter:

In this age of digital academics and Zoom fatigue, I think it goes without saying that many of us have found ourselves yearning for connection with fellow students, colleagues, and friends. In light of this challenge and taking advantage of a pilot social media program called “Gather”, I have developed a digital interactive interface for socializing, lab work, class work, and small group activities modeled after the GU campus.

This space was designed by me through a series of templates and builder options within Gather to emulate a campus environment complete with public and private classroom spaces, meeting spaces, a library, office spaces, lab spaces, and a large park for open gathering and socializing. Gather Georgetown was designed to be open and accessible to all GU students and faculty. Gather is different from Zoom in that each user is invited to create a custom avatar which will need to be controlled similar in function to a 8-bit video game to navigate the digital space to interact with others, play games, and attend presentations held within the space. The program is designed around proximity protocols for interaction, so a users associated audio/video stream will not be accessible or heard unless close in proximity to another user by choice or within a space designed for engagement. As a sandbox build, Gather Georgetown is expandable, fully customizable, and can be expanded at will. The current build can support up to 25 simultaneous users but can, through a paid subscription, be open to upwards of 2000 active users at a time.

Join the presenters questions for an open discussion about their projects. 

The Power of Our Authentic Voices

In the era of video and images, what role is there for the human voice in media? Does everything have to be a visual experience?

Mark will discuss the future of authentic sound, through radio, podcasting, and in-person conversations.

How much have our ears become immune to the natural sounds around us?

How can we use our natural voices to have impact in media, or in simple conversations?

A journey from the history of conversation, through broadcasting, to podcasting and the future of vocal exchanges illustrating the power of the human voice. The discussion will be complimented by archive stills, video, radio recordings, podcast excerpts, and natural sounds.

Join us for a fun afternoon playing Jackbox games with the Global Media Group!

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