Media Corps

Media Corps students support Experimental Humanities initiatives across the college through assistance with faculty and staff projects, digital documentation of EH events, and dissemination of EH work by Bard students, faculty, and staff.

Nora Cady

Senior in Sociology and Experimental Humanities

In the Spring 2017 semester, Nora’s focus in the Media Corps has been on organizing an exhibition which will be on view at the Global | Local Conference. The main areas of research which she pursues are media studies, content analysis, digital ethnography, mapping, and digital humanities at large. Nora was a student participant in the Life and Times of W.S. Teator project from the EH Winter Session of 2016, and joined the Media Corps in the Spring of 2017. Her favorite Experimental Humanities classes have been Small Screens, Media, Mediation, and Culture, and Media Power and Social Change.

Nora was asked how she learned about Experimental Humanities. She responded:

I was interested in studying media and sociology while at Bard. Somehow I connected with Maria Cecire who became my adviser and steered me toward the Experimental Humanities.

I’m drawn to EH because I’m interested in the way that information is communicated to its audience. I realize this is vague but in both my EH classes and time with the Media Corps there is a reoccurring conversation about form and content. Thinking through this lens has really changed the way I approach my studies and has driven my engagement with the EH department and Media Corps.

― Nora Cady, February 2017

Liv Carrollhach

Senior in Studio Arts

Liv’s research interests include oral history, sound studies, and journalism. Since they joined Media Corps in Fall 2015, they have helped produce Maria Cecire’s podcast In Theory. In addition to podcast production, Liv is also skilled in conducting interviews, graphic design, and leading class tutorials. Their favorite Experimental Humanities class is Woman as Cyborg.

I first got involved in Experimental Humanities when a professor suggested I apply for Media Corps. When I joined the team, it opened my eyes to the world of digital projects, incredible classes, innovative professors and engaging events that is EH at Bard.

I am chiefly interested in recording and producing podcasts and radio. I believe voice and sound can be powerful tools for learning, communication and social change at Bard and beyond.

― Liv Carrollhach, February 2017

Liv is also involved in the Experimental Humanities Digital History Lab.

Natalie Desrosiers

Senior in Written Arts and Literature

Natalie is interested in developing computer programming skills in Python and JavaScript, as well as furthering her understanding of graphic design. She has been the Media Corps’ Social Media Organizer for Twitter since the Fall semester of 2016. Natalie’s skills include video editing, social media organization and management, creative writing, using the Zoom H4N Field Voice Recorder, and audio editing in Audacity. Her parents were her earliest introduction to Digital Humanities as an educational path worth pursuing, and that interest brought Natalie to Experimental Humanities. Her favorite EH class she has taken was Race and the Pastoral.

When asked how she learned about Experimental Humanities, she said:

I am attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of EH. It provides an opportunity to engage in academic scholarship and research in ways that are creative through technology. Working in the Media Corps allows me to acquire new skills I haven’t come across in my education thus far and allows students to have more of a balance between theory and hands-on skills.

― Natalie Desrosiers, February 2017

Skyler Muldaur

Sophomore in Philosophy and Experimental Humanities

Skyler is interested in researching consumer philosophy, branding, transhumanism, and media studies. He has gladly adopted the title of Brand Manager for the Media Corps. His favorite class in Experimental Humanities was Literature in the Digital Age with Nathan Shockey, and he has been involved in the Media Corps for a year and a half.

When asked how he learned about the Experimental Humanities concentration, he replied with the following exclamation:

Every class that sounded cool to me in the course catalogue was cross-listed EH!

I’m a strategist at heart and an advertiser in practice. In this revolutionary and digital age, effective strategy lies in understanding how to creatively engage innovative mediums. Media Corps provides an incredible opportunity to produce digital work in an environment that makes creative innovation its priority.

― Skyler Muldaur, February 2017

Alanna Rebbeck

Junior in Studio Arts and Experimental Humanities

Alanna’s research interests include cyborg anthropology, Google Earth and Street View, material technology, and social media. In the Media Corps, she assists in digital projects, graphic design, event staffing and organizing, as well as maintenance and publication of website content. Her skills include audio editing, graphic design, video recording, and idea generating. Alanna’s favorite Experimental Humanities class she has taken was Introduction to Media, taught by Professor Laura Kunreuther.

As society changes around us we must constantly redefine what it means to be human, a condition which determines our social activity and innovations. Humans and technology are two symbiotic yet opposing forces that we must explore in tandem if we want to understand ourselves. In the Media Corps, I have the opportunity to work with students and professors who share this concern.

― Alanna Rebbeck, February 2017

When asked “How did you learn about the Experimental Humanities concentration?” her response was as follows:

I have no idea, I can’t remember a time at Bard when I didn’t know about it.

Janine Rogers

Sophomore in Theatre and Performance and Experimental Humanities

Janine’s research interests include algorithmic theatre, data in art, data as art, as well as visual and auditory media for live performance. Her involvement in Experimental Humanities comes from a desire to create theatre for the digital age, engage in utilizing digital tools in theatremaking, and pursue a critical examination of viral online culture. Her skills include lighting and sound design for live performance as well as computer programming in HTML, CSS, Java, and JavaScript. Janine originally learned of Experimental Humanities while touring the College, and has been the Assistant to the Digital Projects Coordinator, Gretta Tritch-Roman, since February of 2017. Her favorite Experimental Humanities class was Theatre and Surveillance in the Internet Age.

Noah Segal-Gould

Junior in Computer Science and Experimental Humanities

Noah spends his time researching web design and development, neural networks as applied to images and text, webscraping, data analysis and aggregation, and silly Twitter bots. His skills include Android application development and general-purpose programming in several languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, and C. He is conflicted over which Experimental Humanities class has been his favorite, but maintains that it has to be a tie between Object-Oriented Programming with Robots and Signs and Symbols: Pattern Recognition in Literature and Code. Noah first learned about Experimental Humanities while taking a cross-listed course, but quickly became involved in the Media Corps in the semester which followed the Life and Times of W.S. Teator project from the EH Winter Session of 2016. Noah’s worked for the Media Corps assisting with event planning and staffing, updating and maintaining the web site, and assisting in digital projects like the Hudson Valley Apples project from the EH Winter Session of 2017. It has been one year since he was introduced to the Media Corps by former Digital Projects Coordinator Heidi Knoblauch.

I care deeply about an interdisciplinary and project-based approach to computer science education. Experimental Humanities enables me to work with talented individuals across fields whose diverse perspectives inside and outside their individual fields make me a better-informed computer scientist, but I owe my desire to pursue Experimental Humanities to the numerous individuals who have supported me and introduced me to the concentration and the numerous academic programs it encompasses. I didn’t come to Bard for Experimental Humanities because I didn’t know anything about it. I’m glad I do now.

― Noah Segal-Gould, February 2017

Olive Werby

Freshman in Film and Electronic Arts

Olive joined the Media Corps in the Spring semester of 2017 as its Videographer and Media Organizer. She’s interested in taking more classes in Film and Electronic Arts, Art History, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Studio Arts, and Photography. Olive doesn’t know where she originally heard about Experimental Humanities, but she’s been interested in it since starting at Bard.

She was asked why she is interested in EH. This was her response:

I want to document and communicate through a visual language because it is very accessible in these times, and Experimental Humanities shares that goal.

― Olive Werby, March 2017

Digital History Lab

The Digital History Lab (DHL) is an innovative process-driven humanities laboratory. The student team produces local history projects with the aim to foster an exchange between Bard College and the strong community of public history―citizens, public servants, historical societies, town libraries―in the Hudson Valley.

Anne Comer

Sophomore in Anthropology

Anne joined the Digital History Lab near the end of the Fall semester of 2016. She works as a Lab assistant for the Ward Manor Project, and originally learned about Experimental Humanities from taking Jonah Rubin‘s Anthropology of Death. She is skilled in singing and theatre, and is interested in EH due to a growing interest in archiving, as well as oral history and memory. The mixture of multiple disciplines and media is what ultimately draws her to Experimental Humanities.

Arti Tripathi

Junior/Senior in Computer Science and Experimental Humanities

Arti has been a project contributor in the Digital History Lab since the Fall of 2016, and their research interests include Digital Humanities and animation. Their favorite Experimental Humanities course thus far has been The Neuronovel, which was taught by Literature professor Lianne Habinkek that same Fall.

Arti was asked how they learned about EH. They replied:

Practice and exploration!

When asked “What are your skills?” they responded:

Making puns, coding, etc.

― Arti Tripathi, February 2017

Immersive Media Art Laboratory

The Immersive Media Art Laboratory was founded in the summer of 2016 through the support of a humanities lab grant from the Bard Experimental Humanities initiative. IMAL provides a framework for Bard faculty and students to assemble and test semi-portable structures for exhibiting immersive media art (i.e. art that surrounds a viewer or creates a heightened experience of dimensional illusion), and to create and refine specific immersive video and virtual reality artworks.

Yashar Hashemi

Hugh Hopkins

William Scarfone

Sadie Schiffman-Eller