#netnarr Digital Alchemy and Networked Narratives

Kean University 2021, The Network

First Big Leap into the Unknown

Connections by Hugo Gatica, serigraph print 2020 Stepping into a world of written media is not new to me. I’ve dedicated a large part of my life being buried under heaps of words, idioms, metaphors, sentences and the like. It’s the reason why I chose to to pursue a degree in writing, in addition to a visual arts one. I try and see artistic value in many aspects of life as I can, so my journey as an artist is […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Welcome to “Net Mirror: The Post Pandemic University”

Welcome to the 5th edition of this experimental, exploratory and inventive course! At the onset of our time together I want to quote the formidable Nina Simone and say to you all that “it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and I am feeling good.” I share here the words of Amanda Gorman, whose call for hope, unity and resilience in a time of division, is just the right invocation for the #netnarr, 5th edition: There is change in […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Set Up 20/21

For students at Kean beng part of this class is setting up accounts on this blog as well as choosing or creating new new ones in twitter. We[e/a]kly Message Each week’s announcement/post here will start with a message done in a different format/mode/tool. Ok, a video shot on a mobile device uploaded to YouTube is hardly novel. But an approach we encourage in NetNarr is also to use media differently from the norm, subvert the channel if you will, even […]

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Open Participants 2020, The Network

Hamish the Tour Guide

Yesterday, as part of the SocMedHE20 conference, we ran a competition to guess where Hamish the Cow was. Hamish was originally knitted by me back in the old world of social contact, before we realised we’d have to run this year’s event online. I remembered him this week, so we devised a plan to photoedit him into a series of images of Glasgow and tweet them out during the day using the hashtags #WheresHamishNoo and #WinHamishTheCoo We had a lot […]

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Open Participants 2020, The Network

Learning as Performance

Today I gave a presentation for the #SocMedHE20 conference. It was a conference with a difference as it was all online – presenters were asked to submit up to 5 tweets which we then scheduled to be tweeted from the conference account. Here’s mine – partly done to nudge myself to write a paper about it (the conference will have a special issue of the Journal of Social Media for Learning). Here’s what I said as a warm up: 10th […]

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Smile Back :)

The universe is made of mouths. Not circles or loops or any other illusions of organization, of control. Just many hungry, gaping maws demanding flesh and blood, promising peace in exchange for a paltry sum of pain. A clear message. At least, clear for those who can read in between the stars like my Mama. They believe it’s empty out there. Mama would say, dark eyes on the darkening sky. We spent most nights together beneath the stars, awaiting their […]

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The Night Is Hungry

Tonight, wind batters the brittle panes of my hovel’s weary windows. Had they been skin instead of glass, they’d no doubt be bruised. This high in the mountains, the winds are wicked. They drag drifts of snow with them, freezing the air till it’s very touch is painful. On nights like these, it feels like the dark is trying to rip and tear its way inside. Even the ferociously flickering flame in our lone hearth is not enough to protect […]

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Open Participants 2020, The Network

Herons

Herons are beautiful birds. So big -huge wings and very distinctive in flight. When on the ground they often blend into the background, but here are some pictures I’ve taken this month. This one down at Victoria Park: Victoria Park again – different day, but probably the same heron. I love it when they perch like old men in macs: And another – almost certainly a different bird – at Mugdock last week: One of the few blessings of lockdown […]

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It Will Be Satisfied

Swamp surrounds the village for as far the eye can see. The soggy soil of our secluded homeland is little more than sponge, sopping up so much water even the slightest of us must strap strings stretched across stiff wooden slats to our feet or else risk being swallowed whole by the sludge. Too many have become meals, preserved in the muck for unsuspecting outsiders to stumble across on a daring jaunt to our far-flung wastes. It’s why we’re the […]

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Truth Be Told

They die. If you tell the truth. Sometimes slowly, sometimes on the spot. It depends on the truth being told and it’s weight. The heavier it is, the faster it flattens bone into fragment, pulverizes pulse into a bloody pulp.  The first time it happened was on the morning news, live. The camera panned across a generic studio audience to the show’s co-anchors, your typical man and woman duo. The man was tailored tight into his fancy suit, grin taut […]

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