Projects

AFRIKAN MAGIC TEMPLE: VOODOO IN GHANA

Gigi Gatewood, Sena Voncujovi (’17), Pele Voncujovi (’19), Nosagie Asaolu  (’18), Tony Salvi Hoxha (’15), Sunita Prasad

The Afrikan Magic Temple is a multimedia website that incorporates written explanations, supporting photographs, interactive tools, and video footage to begin a conversation about the history and practices of Voodoo.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Studio Art

 

 

BODY & EARTH

Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose, Scotty Hardwig, Daniel Houghton, Matt Lennon, Jim Coleman, Doug LeCours 

Body & Earth: Seven Web-based Somatic Exercises links the environment with the deep intelligence of the body through digital media. The seven films featured in this project move viewers through somatic exercises practiced by professional dancers and dance students amidst visually rich environments. 

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Dance, Film & Media Culture

Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Filmmaking

 

THE COLLINWOOD FIRE, 1908

Michael Newbury, Daniel Houghton, Elise Biette (‘16.5), Maddie Dai (’14), Hosain Ghassemi (’17), James Graham (’16), Justin Holmes, Chad Kahn (’16), Sofy Maia (’16)

The Collinwood Fire unites digital animation and historical research to tell the story of an elementary school fire in Collinwood, Ohio that killed 172 children. Through both the short animated film and the multimedia website, the project offers paths into thinking about the horror of the event and the historical moment that surrounded it.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: American Studies
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Animation, WordPress

 

 

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CONNECTING LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL CONTENT

Sayaka Abe

Connecting Language and Cultural Content will create a searchable database of selected Japanese entertainment materials linked to linguistic information, to be used for teaching and research in Japanese/linguistics.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Japanese

DIGITAL CHOREOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE

Christal Brown

The Digital Choreographic Archive provides access to newly digitized videos that trace Christal Brown’s choreographic and performance career.

Status: In progress
Departments involved: Dance
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Digitization, Video editing

DISCOURSES OF WILDFIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Marybeth Nevins

Discourses of Wildfire in the Mountain West will produce a working corpus database model that will be used to sample and analyze public responses to wildfire in Northern California. 

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Sociology/Anthropology

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DISLOCATED: KINSHIP, FORCED REMOVALS, AND REMEMBERING

Susan Burch, Levi Westerveld (‘15.5), Joy Wood (’17), Patrick Schmidt (’18)

Dislocated foregrounds the life story of incarcerated Dakota member Elizabeth Fairbault and her kin from the late 1800s through the present day. Because indigenous understandings of kinship and history differ significantly from white U.S. concepts of family and of history, new digital visualizations of kinship are necessary.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: American Studies

LAND AND LENS: PHOTOGRAPHERS ENVISION THE ENVIRONMENT

Kirsten Hoving, Kirk Horton, Tevan Goldberg, Sam Kudman, Danny Padilla, Kristin Richards, Scott Waller, Danielle Weindling, Rachel Kang

The Middlebury College Museum of Art exhibition Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment featured a digital catalogue of seventy-one photographs drawn primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings of historic and contemporary photography.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: History of Art and Architecture; Middlebury College Museum of Art

LEGENDS OF KINTAMANI

Su Lian Tan, Daniel Houghton, Hosain Ghassemi (’17), Ruben Gilbert (’15), James Graham (’16), Justin Holmes, Sofy Maia (’16), Coumba Winfield (’17)

Legends of Kintamani is an original cello concerto composed by Su Lian Tan that was performed live at Middlebury College before large animated murals of mythical Bali produced in the DLA’s Animation Studio.   

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Music
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Animation

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MIDD ITALIANO

Tom Van Order, Mikaela Taylor (‘15.5)

MiddItaliano is an online text for introductory Italian courses geared toward college-aged adults. The first phase of this project resulted in a digital textbook that has been used since 2015 for all beginning Italian courses during the academic year at Middlebury College (ITAL 101, 102, 103, and 123). As of the summer of 2019, Midditaliano has been adopted for two introductory courses at the Middlebury Italian Summer School, and beginning in 2020 it will also be used for an introductory Italian course at our C.V. Starr School abroad in Florence, Italy.

Status: Phase I complete; Phase II In Progress
Departments involved: Italian
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: WordPress, Audio & Video recording, Open Access

MIDD WINGS

Alex Draper, Dare Clubb, Anatoly Smeliansky, Christopher Merrill, Igor Zolotovitsky

Midd Wings explores the possibilities of a live international “salon” that gathers participants, via videoconferencing, in multiple locations for conversation sparked by a live theatre performance with actors in multiple locations.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Theatre
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Videoconferencing

THE REAL WORK

Jamie McCallum , Lena Jacobs (‘17.5 ), Molly Stuart (’15), James Graham (’16), Ethan Murphy, Sunita Prasad

The Real Work is a short film and video essay that offers viewers a critique of the value of hard work. Participants were hired to dig holes and discuss their experiences of labor.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Sociology/Anthropology
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Filmmaking

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SPRING PEEPERS

Daniel Houghton, Peter Hamlin

Spring Peepers, an interactive installation, invited participants to playfully move with and around animations of projected spring peepers (a frog species common to Vermont).

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Music, Dance
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: xBox Kinect, C++, Open Sound Control (OSC)

 

TRANSFORM

Louisa Stein, Annie Wymard (’15), Denisse De La Cruz (’17)

Transform, a book project produced in Scalar, includes curated collections of digital avatars, icons, and GIFs—the ephemeral imagery that people use for self representation online.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Film and Media Culture
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Scalar, Digital publishing

UNDERSTANDING EXPRESSED DESIRE

Martin Seehuus, Joey Button (’17), Emily Eslinger (’18), Rachel Copulsky (’16), Rubby Paulino (’18), Kaitlyn Kuvalanka (’17)

Understanding Expressed Desire captures and analyzes pre-existing online sexual fantasies which were posted, read, and rated anonymously on websites dedicated to the sharing of such stories.

Status: In progress
Departments involved: Psychology
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Web scraping, R, Text mining

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WORLDS OF SOLOMON NORTHUP

Amy Morsman, Julia Kendrick (’17), Leah Lavigne (’16)

The Worlds of Solomon Northup is a digital history project that will share the shocking and remarkable story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color from New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and then discovered twelve years later, liberated, and returned home. Through text, images, maps, and documents, this site will explore in greater depth the two communities Northup inhabited, in Louisiana (as a slave) and in New York (as a free citizen). 

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: History
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Digital archives

   

Legacy Projects

The history of digital projects at Middlebury didn’t begin with the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. Here are a few digital projects we’re proud to include. If you have a digital project you’d like included on this page, email us at dla[@]middlebury[.]edu.

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CHICAGO FREEDOM MOVEMENT

Jim Ralph (History)

FIELD HOUSE MUSEUM

Holly Allen (American Studies)

[IN]TRANSITION

Chris Keathley (FMMC), Jason Mittell (FMMC)

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MAHRI DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Sam Leibhaber (Arabic)

MIDDLEBURY HISTORY ONLINE

Special Collections & Archives

THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

David A. Rosenberg (Political Science)