Becoming a Digital Humanist | An Autobiographical Nonlinear Digital Story (Poster) (04/07/2016)

Jeffrey Cobbold

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2020 audio journal link: 2016 DHOxSS conference abstract: This forthcoming six episode digital story demonstrates the power and importance of autobiography. It tells the story of my educational journey from Princeton Theological Seminary to Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. Within the story I explore the themes of race, tradition, individuality and my desired place in the academic area of the digital humanities. Through experimental music, conceptual art and basic documentation viewers are invited to decipher my personal sense of becoming and consider their own sense of self-actualization. Interpretation and exploration of this digital story are up to viewers, as they are encouraged to watch all six episodes in any order they would like to, doing this numerous times to discover nuances and connections within my journey. Viewers are asked to consider the following questions in conjunction with this digital story: What do you interpret about my life or personality from watching this digital story? What aspects of my story, if any at all, resemble your own story as you strive toward becoming your most authentic self? Would you share some or all of my digital story with others, especially persons in the process of working towards a particular type of self-actualization? Why or why not? I believe my project poster is a unique symbol of the digital humanities as it explores concerns within the humanities using an innovative digital story format. It is also a reminder to humanists of all kinds that biography and autobiography are necessary tools within humanities research and that their digital versions can positively assist the contemporary general public with the deconstruction of life’s cultural elements. At Berklee’s Valencia campus, I will continue this process during the 2016 - 2017 academic year within my Post-Master’s Graduate Fellowship for Diversity & Inclusion. I will be working within the Student Affairs Office, assisting programing on gender equality, intercultural immersion, analysis of relational micro-aggressions amongst other pertinent topics related to diversity and inclusion. I will continue my artistic research on autobiography and digital storytelling, honing them as dynamic tools for navigating issues of diversity and inclusion. This artistic research will be in effort to design and teach a new course for Berklee Valencia students, which will help them analyze their converging artistic timelines and personal stories as they exist within Berklee’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. This course will assist students in claiming their various forms of self-actualization and approach musical collaborations within the Berklee Valencia community with deeper understanding of each other’s similarities and differences.
keywordsDigital Humanities, Video Art, Experimental Music, Artistic Research, Conceptual Art, Soundscape (Music), Digital Storytelling, Posters, Autobiogaaphical Narrative
countryOxford, England, United Kingdom
placeDigital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS)
publisher2016 Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS)
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