Navigating This Space

Image: “Patent 16002 drawings of Equatorial Sextant“: Public Domain This page is not part of the assignment so should not be included in the word count. It contains brief information on viewing and navigating the site as well as image credit for the main feature image and note on word count. This site is best…

The last bottled breath of what?

Image:  Detail from “Musei Wormiani Historia”: Public Domain The purpose of this piece is to explore some of the tensions existing in the field of digital education and digital identity anchored by a connection to the Renaissance Wunderkammer or Kundstammer, also known as Cabinets of Curiosities. Wunderkammer were the precursors to museums and constituted deliberately ‘eclectic assemblages…

The Tusk of the Unicorn

Image: “Narwhals by W. Scoresby, 1820“: Public Domain “Depending on how you look at it, humans are either marvellously intelligent or amazingly stupid” (Gee, VII, 2013) Despite the internet providing the greatest number of people in history, access to the greatest volume of information and knowledge, the events of 2016 have proven that human beings have…

The Lost Art of ‘Ars Memoria’

Image: “Art of memory by Fludd, 1621” from Wellcome Trust: CC-BY 4.0 Continuing the theme started in the Tusk of the Unicorn, exploring the boundaries and tensions between the familiar and the strange in the way we navigate our personal spaces, this section focuses more closely on the similar tensions in the digital sphere, particularly with regards to the…

Curating the Kunstkammer

Image: Portrait of Rudolf II as Vertumnus by Arcimboldo: Public Domain Rudolf II’s Kunstkammer, or Wunderkammer was not a typical “cabinet of curiosities” – a haphazard assemblage of unrelated specimens – but a systematically arranged collection of objects – the beginnings of the modern museum. What differentiates a ‘museum’ from simply a ‘collection of objects’ is the act of curation –…

References

Image: Mental Faculties: Wellcome Trust: CC-BY 4.0 The Last Bottled Breath of Caesar – References “Estimations: Your Breath And Julius Caesar’s“. Futurism. N.p., 2017. Web. 3 Jan. 2017. Anderson, D. (2015). Imaginary cities. Influx Press, London Bayne, Sian. (2015). Teacherbot: Interventions in automated teaching.  Teaching in Higher Education , Vol 20 , No. 4 , Pp….