The Digital Sensorium
Monday, 15 April 2013, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Room 165 Thompson Library

OSU professors Robert Ladislas Derr (Art), Heather Inwood (East Asian Languages and Literatures), and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance) come together to consider how corporeal engagement inflects and is inflected by technology and arts practices.  Derr stages both a corporeal and a historical encounter with Christopher Columbus, sensing his way through both past and present, Inwood analyses excretory excesses written into contemporary Chinese poetry, especially in the School of Rubbish and the School of Spam, and Zuniga-Shaw and her students offer perspectives on how technologically mediating physical practices such as dance opens up new questions around the body, movement, aesthetics, and decision-making.

Discover Columbus

Discover Columbus

In his project, Discovering Columbus, Robert Ladislas Derr utilizes the power of perspective and video technology to explore the convergence of ten towns in the U.S. named after the 15thcentury explorer.  Constellations transposed on streets serve as navigation.  Transcending time and place, his point of departure is wanderlust and the iconic explorer.

Heather Inwood’s presentation will look at Chinese poetry on the internet that deals with the human body, examining avant-garde poems published online in the mid-2000s to consider the connection between the human body and digital technologies. She will explore the changes that occurred when practitioners of “body writing” (shenti xiezuo) moved online and suggest that poems that deal with bodily processes and sensations function as a form of meta-poetry, or poetry about poetry.  The School of Rubbish (lajipai), whose writings included a style known as “shit and piss writing,” and the School of Spam (guanshuipai), whose members liked to “spam” internet forums with their crudely written poems, are used as examples.

Synchronous Objects

Synchronous Objects

Norah Zuniga Shaw will discuss choreographic knowledge as a locus for interdisciplinary and intercultural creativity. Shaw’s most recent project with William Forsythe and Maria Palazzi, Synchronous Objects, was launched online and installed at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2009. She will discuss how this work has impacted international audiences and connected viewers with the deep structures of a dance and the generative ideas contained within.


Past Events:


CODE: Codified Objects Define Evolution
Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room 165 Thompson Library

Lewis Ulman (Digital Media Studies, the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN), English) will convene this panel, which will explore the role of “coding” in the digital arts and humanities.  The panel will offer insights into what markup, scripting, and procedural programming languages are most useful to arts and humanities scholarship, suggest different ways scholars and teachers in the arts and humanities can engage with coding and consider what role coding plays in the education of arts and humanities students.


Registration required:  Hands-on Workshop on the Early Modern OCR Project
Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 307 Denney Hall
Laura Mandell (Director of Texas A&M’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, IDHMC – will present a hands-on workshop on the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP – see, for which Texas A&M’s IDHMC recently received a Mellon Foundation grant. Space for the workshop is limited. Please register your interest in attending at

Contact: Louie Ulman,

Annual Lecture in Book History:
The Material Form of Literacy Conversation:  Encoding and Modeling Texts from Early to Mass Print
(co-sponsored with History of the Book/Literacy Studies)
Friday, February 15, 2013, 1 pm, 165 Thompson Library
Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University), Professor of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities (
Contact: Harvey J. Graff,


Social Remix:  Networked Collaboration on Hybrid Knowledge Landscapes
Thursday, 24 January 2013, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Room 165 Thompson Library

Marlon Barrios Solano discussed his research which explores the use of internet technology on collaborative creativity within cultural production environments and education.  With a hybrid background in movement and new media arts, organizational development, and cognitive science, he researches and creates platforms for the development of open and sustainable models of knowledge production and distribution among trans-local artistic communities and organizational contexts.  Marlon is a research associate at DanceDigitalUK (UK) and ICKAmsterdam/STEIM (Holland) and HZT Berlin (Germany).  He holds an MFA in Dance and Technology 2004 (real-time digital technology, performance of improvisation and embodied cognition) from The Ohio State University.

The presentation and the audience’s word cloud are available on the website.

And here is a blog post from someone who attended:


Joint Meeting with the Digital Media Collective
Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 150B Thompson Library

Come talk with the DMC about how our two groups can work together to advance digital initiatives on campus.

Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities
Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,  Room 165 Thompson Library

The digital environment has enabled exciting new forms of scholarship, and made it possible to communicate and collaborate more openly and effectively. It also poses significant challenges for the traditional, print-based publishing ecosystem, and for those responsible for evaluating scholarship – including promotion and tenure committees. Panelists will explore ways in which publishing is changing in the arts and humanities, and will lead discussion on the opportunities and pitfalls inherent in the world of digital publishing.


  • Melanie Schlosser, Convener (Digital Publishing Librarian, OSU Libraries) will give an overview of trends in digital publishing.
  • Cynthia Selfe (Humanities Distinguished Professor, Department of English) will talk about her experience with Computers and Composition Digital Press (
  • Wayne Carlson (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education) will talk about digital publishing in the arts and his experiences with electronic educational publishing.

Video recordings from this event are now available on our podcast ( and on OSU’s iTunes U channel.

October 2012
Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group Core Committee
Thursday, 25 October 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room 204 Thompson Library
Contact: H. Lewis Ulman ( or Lisa Carter (

September 2012
Visualizing “Big Data” in the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room 150A Thompson Library
Convener:  David Staley, Department of History, OSU

Video recordings from this event are now available on OSU’s iTunes U channel ( and as a podcast (


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