- Kaley Clements, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts
- Jung Choi, Assistant Professor of Art History
- Seth Henderson, Assistant Professor of Media and Arts
- Austin Woerner, Lecturer in Creative Writing
- James Miller, Co-Director, Humanities Research Center
- Timothy Smith, Lab Manager, Humanities Research Center
- Momoko Mandere, DKU’22
The Kunshan Digital Humanities Pilot Project takes place in the 2019-2020 academic year. The project will create a prototype framework for a digital humanities archive relating to the city of Kunshan. The framework will consist of a flexible, extensible data structure and taxonomy that will enable student and faculty researchers to deposit multimedia digital recordings and original creations that at a minimum relate to, or are created within the city of Kunshan. Examples could be oral history recordings, 3D VR/AR models, artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing, and video. This data structure would be made available to faculty who are teaching classes related to the city of Kunshan that have a digital humanities component or conducting research within Kunshan, or to students who are completing signature works related to the city of Kunshan.
The pilot project engages in three related activities:
- Prototype a design for a data structure and taxonomy that can be used to build a Kunshan Digital Humanities Archive
- Recruit 20 students to create art works related to the history and culture of the city of Kunshan. This can be done in partnership with regular classes, or as extra-curricular activities involving student clubs. This will begin immediately and continue through to Chinese New Year. The students’ artworks will be deposited in the prototype Kunshan Digital Humanities Archive.
- Deepen students’ engagement with Chinese arts and culture through engaging with local artists, site visits to galleries and studios, and receiving training during visiting artist workshops.
- In the Spring we will hold an exhibition of student artworks that will be curated by a student team in partnership with the co-applicants.
The pilot project will thus serve a number of related goals.
- Deepen the students’ engagement with Chinese arts and culture through visits to local artistic centers
- Enhance capacity of students to create original artworks through workshops with local artists
- Develop students’ creative talents by having them create original artworks
- Develop students’ skills in curating art by involving them in the exhibition process.
- Deepen students’ knowledge of the history and culture of the Jiangnan region, with a focus on Kunshan.
At the end of the pilot project, and following the exhibition of artworks, we will assess the design of our data framework, with a view to establishing a more permanent archive to be based on the DKU campus.