(R)Evolutionary Communication: Digital Stories of Detroit

Pitera, Allegra

As an educator as well as Director of Digital Media Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy, my pedagogical and personal interests lie in how to use media to incorporate inter-disciplinary studies; to use sound, images as well as visual and narrative corn positions to communicate multi-dimensional ideas, passions and concepts. In relation to this interdisciplinary approach, I incorporate the concept of „mixing‟ to weave together space, design, technology, story-telling and critical discourse. One of the concepts I try to reinforce is that „space‟ includes the psychological as well as the physical. In addition, I teach digital media students that „design‟ is the intentional approach to choreograph the experiential and that digital technology is a tool for exploring these ideas. Accepting this, I challenge the students to consider: how does the user/viewer experience and process the interaction between digital media and the 'narrative' of the everyday? Two of the texts I am currently interested in utilizing in the process of creating digital media artifacts are: Paul Miller, AKA DJ Spooky‟s manifesto “Rhythm Science” and Henry Jenkins‟ “Convergence Culture”. One of the concepts Paul Miller addresses is that technology has become a paradigm for individual identity as well as an interface of the everyday events that tell our stories.

Henry Jenkins offers critical insight into the multi-levels and interdisciplinary force behind current digital culture as well as the woven process by which technology converges with a sense of self and culture in the digital world.

I hope that you will consider this proposal to showcase a few videos of Detroit Stories: some student videos, as well as my own short experimental video explorations in alternative spatial perceptions.