University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Digital and New Media Working Group will host open house Nov. 8

The Working Group in Digital and New Media will host its annual open house Thursday, Nov. 8,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the group laboratory space, 203 O'Kelly Hall.  Members will present research and answer questions about collaborative projects in an informal setting. These projects will include:

Entropic Sculptural Installation
Jim Champion has set out to render the divine without the symbols, doctrine, and dogma imposed by religion. Throughout the duration of the open house his sculptural installation "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary," will be on display. It explores the ideal of divine feminine energy and will be animated for the first time in our laboratory.

Endangered Language Audio Remix
Tim Pasch (Commuication) is an active collaborator in the Endangered Alphabets Project, a multimedia effort to draw attention to worldwide indigenous script loss and create artistic products and experiences that both stir the viewer emotionally and stimulate a wide range of questions about the history, evolution, design, and future of language. This project has recently been supported by the online Kickstarter funding platform community.

Dr. Pasch's contribution has been to produce, on commission, a digital audio composition that combined edited segments of spoken-word content in endangered languages with an original electronic music score.  He will perform a live remix of this composition during open house, and his work with this technology will be presented at the International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation as a paper titled "DJing language: “Elastic” audio for Clip-Based Language Documentation and Conservation."

Book Scanning Demonstration
The Working Group is the proud owner of a Do-It-Yourself Book Scanner. What is it? Attend the open house and find out.

Plus much, much, more.

About the Working Group in Digital and New Media
The Working Group in Digital and New Media emerged as the result of funding awarded from the President’s 2009 call for collaborative and transdisciplinary white papers in his New Initiative funding program. The Working Group is dedicated to the support and development of digital and new media projects across the disciplines on campus. Since 2009, the Working Group has developed laboratory space uniquely suited to collaborative digital and new projects developed across campus. To date these projects that have involved the departments of Art and Design, Music, History, Languages, Instructional Design and Technology, English, Anthropology, and Computer Science, as well as the Chester Fritz Library, ND EPSCOR, and the ITSS High Performance Computing Cluster. Faculty and students have produced a dynamic and diverse group of projects ranging from a video game, video shorts, robust digital archives, musical compositions, to online and gallery museum exhibitions and collections, and blogs. In the hyper-competitive realm of non-STEM funding, the collaborative infrastructure Working Group in Digital and New Media gives faculty in the arts and humanities a significant edge. The transdisciplinary work of the Working Group will continue to leverage the common space of the Working Group Laboratory to expand collaborative research and creative activities on campus.

For more information, please contact Joel Jonientz, assistant professor, Art + Design, 777.3395.