2017 in Review

Rich Rath/ December 31, 2017/ Featured/ 0 comments

While 2017 looked quiet on the DAHI front, we were really busy! Here are some of our accomplishments, followed by what is on deck for 2018.

On the blog, we continued our ongoing series on predictive policing and its flaws with David Goldberg’s excellent short movie on why it is not like the Minority Report version. Look for more in 2018 when we demonstrate what AI-produced art has to do with racism in policing by means of big data. We also featured David’s ground-breaking and creative take on African American Citizen’s Band Radio Use and the practice of “skipping” the signal off the atmosphere to extend its reach by hundreds, even thousands, of miles. We published two other student-authored research projects, Lani Roe’s Cyberfeminism and the Fourth Wave of the Feminist Movement in America and Peyten Maki’s Millennials’ Use of Social Media in the 2016 Elections. We co-sponsored a great discussion on Art & Racial Justice with Patrice Cullors and Alicia Garza, two co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, moderated by our very own program coordinator and coder-in-chief David Goldberg. We got on TV. We watched a play. Kelsey Kato remembered the anniversary of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, incisively marking the intersections of queer politics and race.

We have great new digs with a lovely view of Diamond Head. Big thanks to Laura Lyon’s, the LLL Dean, for making the space available, and to A&H Dean Peter Arnade, Judy Simpson, and Sue Carlson for getting it into shape for us. We will be reinstituting DAHI open office hours this Spring. As always, if you have ideas for a digital project email us at uhdahi@hawaii.edu or stop by Kuykendall 726.

We had two lovely DAHI “Teas”, one each in Spring and Fall. The Spring Tea was with Michael Connor, the artistic director of Rhizome, a born-digital gallery based in New York City. The Fall Tea was with ICS Chair Scott Robertson, where we had a fantastic discussion of his sentiment analysis of social media in the 2016 elections. Both were scintillating informal conversations over some excellent Darjeeling tea and cookies.

We researched the finer points of convolution and web audio as part of the soon-to-be-released Archive of Silence project. That research provided valuable experience and know-how to the team for future projects we have on the books as well. On the subject of audio, DAHI Director Rich Rath virtually participated in a series of happenings “The Revolution will not be….” His contribution was a spoken word update to his 1999 Song, “The Revolution will not be on the Internet,” written at the end of teaching his first version of a still-running “Media History” course at Oberlin College that year and recorded and released in 2003.

What is on deck for 2018? We have several mapping projects underway, one on the renowned Hawaiian singer Liko Martin and Laulani Teale’s 2016 “Red Ribbon Tour” figuratively retracing Queen Liliuokalani’s 1897 trip to the United States to protest the upcoming move to annexed Hawaiʻi, a royal journey to England, a walking tour of 1930s Seoul, and a map of signs in Pidgin and other languages on the island. A number of long-awaited research projects have been finished and will be released as well.

Stay tuned for a great 2018!

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