Monday – Introduction: Welcome to DFMI 2019!

Each day begins in Parlin Hall, room 102, unless otherwise noted.
The assignment and exercises can be found here.
GitHub Account for Arduino Sketches here.

9:00 a.m.Breakfast (provided)
9:30 a.m.General Introductions
10:00 a.m.Introduction to Sensory Methods
11:00 a.m.Campus Field Activity: Sense and Phone Sensors (Exercise One)
12:00-1:30 p.m.Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.Arduino Ultrasonic Tutorial #1 (Exercise Two)
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Arduino Ultrasonic Tutorial #2 (Exercise Two)
3:45 p.m.Break
4 p.m.Re-collection
6:30 p.m. Reception at Gabriel’s (AT&T Center)

Readings for Monday

Continuing the previous set of readings, these selections hone in further to give concrete examples as well as new concepts in sensing practices.

[Focus Reading]
Gabrys, Jennifer and Helen Pritchard. “Sensing Practices.” In Posthuman Glossary, eds. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018), 394-396.

Parikka, Jussi. “The sensed smog: smart ubiquitous cities and the sensorial body.” The Fibreculture Journal (2017): 1-24.

McCormack, Derek P. “Remotely sensing affective afterlives: The spectral geographies of material remains.Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100.3 (2010): 640-654.

Tuesday – Making

9:00 a.m.Breakfast (provided)
9:30 a.m.Day Intro
10:00 a.m.Environmental Sensing: Temperature and Humidity Sensors (Exercise 3)
11:00 a.m.Keynote by Kyle Evans: “Immersive Information: Data and Sensors in New Media Art” (Parlin 104)
12:00-1:30 p.m.Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.Creating and Saving Data with Arduino
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Special Sensors (Exercise 4)
4 p.m.Re-collection
7 p.m.
8 p.m.
Dance lesson (optional)
White Horse Tavern

Readings for Tuesday

Continuing the previous sets of readings, these selections hone in further to give concrete examples as well as new concepts in sensing practices.

Gabrys, Jennifer. “Environmental Sensing and ‘Media’ as Practice in the Making.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Jentery Sayers (New York: Routledge, 2018), 503-510.

Grönvall, Erik, Jonas Fritsch, and Anna Vallgårda. “FeltRadio: Sensing and Making Sense of Wireless Traffic.Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM, 2016.

[Focus Reading]
Howes, David. “Sensing Cultures: Cinema, Ethnography and the Senses.” Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving and Chris Wright, eds., Beyond Text? Sensory Anthropology and Critical Practice published by Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 173-188.


9 a.m.Breakfast (provided)
9:30 a.m.Day Intro
10 a.m.Keynote by John Hartigan, “Expanding the Ethnographic Subject: Nonhuman Sociality” (Parlin 104) Download slides and media from the talk.
11 a.m.Fieldwork Preparation (Exercise 5)
11:30 a.m.Intro Sonic Sensing
12:00 p.m.Lunch Downtown and Fieldwork at the Austin Public Library
3 p.m.Re-group & Data Discussion (Exercise 6)
4 p.m.Re-collection
7 p.m. Bat Sense: Observing North America’s largest urban bat colony on the Lone Star Riverboat Cruise

Readings for Wednesday

These readings explore differentials of power and position while also attempting to expand our own senses of research and scholarly practice.

[Focus Reading]
Hartigan Jr., John. “How to Interview a Plant.” in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity, University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

[Focus Reading]
Nagel, Thomas. “What is it like to be a bat?” The Philosophical Review 83.4 (1974): 435-450.

Howe, Cymene. “Sensing Asymmetries in Other-than-human Forms.” Science, Technology, & Human Values (2019): 1-11.

Stoller, Paul. “Sensuous ethnography, African Persuasions, and Social Knowledge.” Qualitative Inquiry 10.6 (2004): 817-835.

Rosenthal, Rob. “All The Sound We Can Not Hear.” HowSound, Transom, 5 March 2019.

Thursday Processing

9:00 a.m.Breakfast (provided)
9:30 a.m.Day Intro (Exercise 7)
10:00a.m.Workshop with Amy Tuttle: Tableau
11:30 a.m.Discussion
12:00-1:30p.m.Lunch (provided)
1:30p.m.Casey Boyle on Writing About Sensing
7 p.m.Sensing Scoville Heat Units at Texas Chili Parlor

Readings for Thursday

This day’s reading and workshops concerns techniques of processing sense data for inventive non-representational relays in publication and installations.

[Focus Reading]
Ingold, Tim. “Forward” in Non-Representational Methodologies. Ed. Phillip Vannini.  Routledge, 2015. Vii-x.

[Focus Reading]
Latour, Bruno. “Sensitizing” in Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, ed. In Caroline Jones.  MIT Press, 2015: 315-338.

Pink, Sarah. “Representing Sensory Ethnography” in Doing Sensory Ethnography. Sage, 2015: 163-187.

Gunaratnam, Yasmin. “Those That Resemble Flies from a Distance: Performing Research” Mai: Feminism & Visual Culture, Issue 3 (2019).

Helmreich, Stefan. “Reading a Wave Buoy” in Science, Technology, & Human Values. 2019: 1-15.

Friday Conclusions

9 a.m.Breakfast (Provided)
9:30 a.m.Day Intro
10:30 a.m.Showcase and Discussion