ENGL 698 materials: Grad Thesis
new media installations and grants
Note to Self

The Hollins Community Project: New Media, Narrative, and Affective History (with Alli Crandell), Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, Spring, 2009 <http://wi.hexagram.ca/>


This essay describes a locative new media installation that explores embodiment, affect, and distributed authorship in creating narratives of place. The installation occurs in a borderspace located between Hollins University, the first chartered women’s college in southwestern Virginia, and “The Hollins Community,” a community established by African American slaves brought to Hollins in the 1800s. The installation mixes historical material with in situ virtual narratives and embodied interactions to experiment with the affective and distributed aspects of narrative. The project employs a new software tool called PlaceMark© that makes possible collaborative, mobile constructions of narrative.