Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Schofield,
Professor Dave Kirk,
Dr Telmo Amaral,
Dr Guy Schofield,
Dr Thomas Ploetz
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We present "archival liveness" as a concept in design and the Digital Humanities and describe its development within a Research Through Design process. Working with a newly acquired archive of contemporary poetry we produced designs that both manifested and "geared in to" [Durrant 2011] [Gurwitsch 1979] the temporal rhythms of the work and infrastructure of archiving. Drawing on user-centred work with participants, often poets themselves, we focused on marginalia as a material feature of the archive, developing a drawing machine and live Twitter bot. Our work addresses institutional concerns for outreach and engagement while also acknowledging and exploiting the inevitably incomplete or live character of archival collections. For designers working with digital archives, we demonstrate the pragmatic and critical value of liveness as a focus of the design process.
Author(s): Schofield T, Kirk D, Amaral T, Dörk M, Whitelaw M, Schofield G, Ploetz T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Digital Humanities Quarterly
Print publication date: 09/11/2015
Acceptance date: 12/09/2015
ISSN (electronic): 1938-4122
Publisher: The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations