As part of the exercise, students will:
As part of this thinking piece, you’re asked to critically examine a topic relating to digital memory and/or embedding, encoding or embodying memory in tangible objects. It should be a topic that you’re personally interested in, that’s relevant to this course, and report it to the group.
Topics, are of your choosing and might include:
They should be ideas that you haven’t encountered before, are relevant to the course and you find particularly interesting or exciting. The emphasis here is on discovery. Writing about concept you already know intimately defeats the point of the assignment, which is to deepen your familiarity with the field.
Add your Thinking Piece to the #thinkingpieces as a new post on slack (see below).
This post should contain a essay (750 words) on a topic of your choosing. This should a) introduce the topic you have chosen, b) raise questions and provocations, and C) provide a critical reflection or perspective on the topic.
The thinking piece should include appropriate citations, link referenced texts and works and acknowledge authors appropriately. You’re welcome to include illustrations and images as needed too.
As part of thinking pieces, students will identify an open question or challenge posed in developing responsive technologies within the scope of the themes or projects assigned and that they are personally interested in. This should include a clear description of your area of interest as well as supporting research, examples, precedents, and other sources that provide context to your ideas and argumentation.
Reflect on the ideas you’ve encountered as part of the course and select one you’d like to explore more. You’re welcome to go beyond the three investigations to other ideas you’ve encountered too.
In your statement do three things:
For part 3, don’t rely only on things introduced or surfaced as part of the course materials or discussions. You’re expect to go beyond the course materials and readings and bring in new literature, projects, exemplars, and ideas.
You’ll submit your work on Slack. As a new post:
+on the left hand side. Choose the option to ‘Create a new post’
Sharebutton on the top right.
Important: the hashtag will be used to automatically check you have made the required posts for each module. If you forget to include it you won’t get a grade for the post.
Then, share your discoveries with the group by reporting your findings in a 1-page summary incl. sources.
A starting point: This article on brainpickings is a good starting point to prime you on the basics of how memory works and the Guardian maintains a section of interesting and though-provoking articles on neuroscience, psychology and memory that might help point you in interesting directions.
Reflect on the outcomes of your research.
Come up with a series of questions and problem statements related to the idea of creating prosthetic technologies for human memory, capturing and representing experiences digitially, or networking, connecting or distributing memories.
Brewer WF (1988) Memory of randomly sampled autobiographical events. In: Neisser U, Winograd E, editors. Remembering reconsidered: Ecological and traditional approaches to the study of memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp 21–89.
See Library Section of course Website.