Seeing, Scaling and Story-Making: Haptic Creativity and Responsive Media Environments in Science

Talk by Joe Dumit, UCDavis

2018.01.19 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 17 Apr
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312



This paper analyzes how researchers are "moved" by engaging their data bodily to invent new metaphors: haptic creativity. Through temporal and spatial scaling, we find experimentalists playfully caught up in prolonged encounters with their data, instruments and stories. As one scientist explained, “The give and take, back and forth between you and the data suggests what to do next in the experiment.” A temporal slice into what Hans-Jorg Rheinberger calls experimental systems. In turn, I discuss the the improvisational lessons learned at scales from software design to presentational modes and artistic practice to funding restructuring. This work was conducted in collaboration with the KeckCAVES and ModLab (UC Davis) and Natasha Myers (York U), and based historical and anthropological fieldwork with live-cell imaging biologists, 3D immersive visualization-using (CAVE) geologists, and frog-listening neuroscientists.


About the speaker

Joe Dumit, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UCDavis