These are from 2005 – the first two are really interesting in terms of interface. The other two are interesting because of what they achieve despite the lack of slickness in their presentation.

Tim Powell-Wright  Link

Bijana Link

Ellie Watson Link

Josh McDermott Link

A reminder, as mentioned in the lecture, that there are no lectures in weeks 11 and 12. Instead we have booked AS407 (not BA as was previously mentioned) on Monday from 11.30 until 3.30 for the day students and Tuesday at 6pm in AS 405 for the evening students so that you have an extra hour of class time to work on projects.

Please feel free to come to either or both times and stay as long as you like.  Both of us will be available for most of the time at these times.

We”ll add more to this as we go along – feel free to add more yourself!

Memory and media

Jose van Dijck – Mediated Memories: Personal Cultural Memory as Object of Cultural Analysis

Jose van Dijck -From shoebox to performative agent: the computer as personal memory machine

Lisa Gye – Moments of coalescence – family history and new technologies of remembrance

Marcus, G., The Dustbin of History, London: Harper Row, 1995

Lisa Gye – Picture This: the Impact of Mobile Camera Phones on Personal Photographic Practices

Nate Burgos. “Memento, Memory, and Montage” _CTheory_, 27
November, 2001.

Digital Remains

On photography

Barthes, R., Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, London: Fontana Paperbacks, 1980
A summary

Bate, Weston, Private lives – public heritage: family snapshots as history, Hawthorn, Vic.: Hutchinson, 1986

Chalfen, R., Snapshot versions of life, Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1987

Hirsch, Julia, Family photographs : content, meaning, and effect, New York : Oxford University Press, 1981

Sontag, Susan. On Photography, London: Penguin, 1977


Diakopolous et al. ‘The Evolution of Authorship in a Remix Society’
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Perkel, Dan. ‘Copy and Paste Literacy: Literacy Practices in the Production of a MySpace Profile’, 2007
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Michael Jarrett,  On Hip-Hop, A Rhapsody


Niall Lucy, The King and I: Elvis and the Post-Mortem or A Discontinuous Narrative in Several Media (On the Way to Hypertext) in Illogic of Sense

Indian Identity in Multicultural Melbourne. Some preliminary observations
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The Introduction to Electronic Monuments by Greg Ulmer

From the New York Times:

THE Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges might seem an unlikely candidate for Man Who Discovered the Internet. A fusty sort who from the 1930s through the 1950s spent much of his time as a chief librarian, Borges (1899-1986) valued printed books as artifacts and not just for the words they contained. He frequently set his stories in a pretechnological past and was easily enthralled by the authority of ancient texts.

Yet a growing number of contemporary commentators — whether literature professors or cultural critics like Umberto Eco — have concluded that Borges uniquely, bizarrely, prefigured the World Wide Web. One recent book, “Borges 2.0: From Text to Virtual Worlds” by Perla Sassón-Henry, explores the connections between the decentralized Internet of YouTube, blogs and Wikipedia — the so-called Internet 2.0 — and Borges’s stories, which “make the reader an active participant.” Ms. Sassón-Henry, an associate professor in the language studies department of the United States Naval Academy, describes Borges as “from the Old World with a futuristic vision.” Another work, a collection of essays on the topic from Bucknell University Press, has the provocative title “Cy-Borges” and is expected to appear this year.

Among the scores of Borges stories, a core group — including “Funes the Memorious,” “The Library of Babel” and “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” — first appeared in the United States as “Labyrinths” in the early 1960s. With their infinite libraries and unforgetting men, collaborative encyclopedias and virtual worlds conjured up from the printed page and portals that watch over the entire planet, these stories (along with a few others like “The Aleph”) have become a canon for those at the intersection of new technology and literature.

New Directions, the publisher of “Labyrinths,” reissued the collection in May, for the first time in more than 40 years. In a sign of the changing times it includes an introduction from William Gibson, the cyberpunk author. (The original, by contrast, came with a preface from André Maurois of the Académie Française.)

By 1955 Borges had lost his sight yet was appointed director of the National Library of Argentina. Assessing his predicament (the digital age predicament) of having access to so much information and so few ways to process it, Borges wrote in “Poem of the Gifts,” “No one should read self-pity or reproach into this statement of the majesty of God, who with such splendid irony granted me books and blindness at one touch.”

What follows are excerpts from prophetic Borges short stories — translated by Andrew Hurley in “Borges: Collected Fictions” (Penguin Books) — and examples of those prophesies fulfilled.

Read more…

You can download the major assignment here


Bring one photo and one artefact to class with you for next weeks tutorial

 Ulmer part 1


Ulmer part 2


Ulmer part 3


The following info is for students enrolled in HALM315

Honours Information Session
Thursday 1 May
10.30 am – 11.30 am

Hear from staff and students about the Honours programs in Arts & Science including:
Media & Multimedia, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Industry & Community Studies, Cultural Studies, Psychology, Psychophysiology, Social Science, Public & Environmental Health.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Would you like to start 6 months early?
Applications to Mid Year entry for the Media Honours program are now being considered. More details:

Type does more than carry words – it should complement the content of your creations. Here are two articles that discuss the importance of using type well.

Web Typography: Now there’s an oxymoron!

Typographic Contrast and the web

The First Person thread is a collaboration among electronic book review, MIT Press, and editors Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. It explores a new model for connection between online publishing and traditional edited books in which printed works are not only reproduced electronically but also substantially expanded via responses to the collection (ripostes) and enriched by incorporation into the ebr database.

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