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.