research methods discussion + reflection

Initially, I had thought of my potential PhD research project as a single large project – looking at fully capturing the environment, participants, and performance within a space – and then using that as “digital field notes” to be analyzed later from any number of frameworks and perspectives. I still think there’s something there, and will likely include at least part of this in my research, but after the discussions we had today I’m thinking much more about how to carve off smaller projects or experiments to deeply explore a given topic or question, and then weave those together to tell a broader story....

December 5, 2016 · 2 min

adam bradley – Data, digital humanities, and the problem of instrumentalism

A talk by Adam Bradley, to the CMD community. Slow analytics – allowing space for human reflection, contemplation, exploration and discovery. BIG DATA != DEEP MEANING Data as an opportunity for interaction. Factual vs. Rhetorical data/knowing Metaphors and motivation – what it MEANS Gap between object and subjective – experiential knowledge How to not get away from the ART? Distant reading –> too much data, not art. How to retain the experience of “letting it wash over you“?...

November 29, 2016 · 2 min

progression of complexity in performance

in order of increasing complexity and unscriptedness / improvisation: monologues dialogues multi-actor performances small group project work multiple group project work Progression from simple, scripted performance to complex, dynamic, unscripted, improvised, open-ended. How does the complexity of a performance affect how it is perceived? Recorded? Interpreted? What role does the portfolio model have in each type of performance? And what kinds of critical reflection can take place? Why start with monologue?...

November 26, 2016 · 1 min

performance-based assessment

Portfolio model of documenting, assessing, reflecting on performance over time. [See Morrow et al (2016). Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance] What if the goal of performance recording (what to call this?!?) is to build a repository of a person’s work over time? High fidelity snapshots of performance, reviewed, collected, and presented as part of personal reflection and formative assessment?

November 23, 2016 · 1 min

research methods discussion + reflection

Use of theatrical monologue practice as a pilot exploration for recording performance? Highly simplified performance, short duration, self-contained. Sit in on PF’s DRAM 200 monologue class? (not sure how to cram this into my calendar. will try to get creative…) Would need to observe as many monologue sessions as possible, to learn about what a monologue is and how to fully record/document/capture it. Potentially offer to record students to try it out?...

November 21, 2016 · 1 min

manuscripts – the humorous magistrate

English class, studying a play from a manuscript source document. 17th century theatre + literature took 10 years of work to prepare an interpretation of the manuscript to mount a performance Manuscript converted to actor’s script background – all info as context – period info… production analysis of space Dramaturg – text/production experts to support director Designers – set, costumes, props, sound, lighting, music composition, fighting/action, choreography… Maquette – scale model of stage to refine plans....

November 14, 2016 · 1 min

possible research statement

Following the research statement formula described in A Manual for Writers – Chicago Style… I am working on developing methods to fully document a performance in 3D and augmented by multiple streams of data because I want to find out how to make sense of complex interactions between participants and their environment so that others can use the technique to facilitate meaningful reflection of their practices of teaching and learning....

November 11, 2016 · 1 min

staged prototyping of event capture

In increasing order of fidelity: Diagram / sketch / blueprint Photographs (2D or 360˚ eg Bubbli) Video (HD via camcorder or lecture capture, or 360˚ eg. Allie) 3D mockup – manually modelled and animated simplified / abstract artifacts added from prototypes realistic 3D capture. How? 4D capture of multiple data streams. Really how? (approaching the “sculptural message” of the performance…) Start with a small space, eg. TI Studio B, or smaller?...

November 6, 2016 · 1 min

performance/class/session process

Planning course design interaction design assessment design “set” design instructional design research design Performance [pre-intra-post] what happened? live events artifacts data capture multimodal capture & recording audio, video, spatial, 3D + negative space, thermal, ambient conditions, textual, commentary, biometric (HR, GSR/EDR, BT…), other… Analysis Roles Interactions between participants with space & with technology Reflection [individual + group] perceptions what worked? challenges? what should change? recommendations? what did you learn about the “subject”?...

November 5, 2016 · 1 min

research methods discussion + reflection

omnimedia recorded data processed through relevant frameworks and perspectives, rather than pre-filtering what is recorded based on these. Could interpret through lenses of: Scenography Action research Communities of inquiry Classroom community Practice research Interaction Activity theory Grounded theory Sociology – group Anthropology Scholarship of teaching and learning Performance – actions Human computer interaction Need to look at the environment as a dynamic system. Primary research – capture ALL data and interpret later (rather than pre-filtering data before recording, based on expected interpretation)...

October 31, 2016 · 1 min