Hello fellow HASTAC scholars,
My name is John Tinnell. I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, and I currently teach for the Emerging Media and Communication program at the University of Texas at Dallas. I generally gravitate toward the humanistic study of digital media (especially when French theory is involved), with a special interest in the rhetorical and aesthetic practices associated with (or potential to) emerging technologies such as locative media, augmented reality, and embedded/ambient interfaces. My dissertation considers the transformation of digital interfaces amidst the current paradigm shift to ubiquitous computing (post-desktop, post-GUI, post-WIMP), and I propose a few ways of conceptualizing and composing multimedia projects designed to circulate across ubicomp platforms. Many of the examples I draw upon are recent projects created by civic and cultural institutions, often working in collaboration with digital artists and architects.
Of course, one of the major goals of ubiquitous computing (of which mobile and location-aware devices are early indicators), as Mark Weiser famously announced, is to bring the virtuality of computing out into the physical world. Starting with Lev Manovich's 2002 essay "The Poetics of Augmented Space," scholars in media studies, mobile communications, digital rhetoric, and other fields have commented about the convergence between digital media and physical spaces. Fellow HASTAC scholar Andrew Roth and I plan to start a group or forum focused on this general line of inquiry/development. See Andrew's post (Augmented Reality, Documentary, Locative Media), and let us know if you're interested in these topics.
Lastly, I'd like to share a resource that many of you may find interesting. Earlier this year, I organized a symposium called "Digital Platforms and the Future of the Books," which featured invited presentations by Jay Bolter, Bob Stein, David Blakesley, and Elizabeth Swanstrom. Each presenter touches on the history and future of reading, writing, and publishing. Video footage of the talks can be seen here, along with the abstracts and bios.