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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Sophomore in Theatre and Performance and Experimental Humanities
Junior in Computer Science and Experimental Humanities
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
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.
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.
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.