I was just talking with a colleague about the NMC’s Online Conference on Web Video, via Alan, and it reminded me of a quite cool project designed by Jim Spadacinni over at Ideum. The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has a new virtual exhibit, the American Image, that features the work of John Collier Jr., the 1930s and 40s photographer. This very cool site not only uses a flickr mash-up to display the collection of Collier’s public domain images, but it also features a Propaganda Filmmaker. It’s amazing how quick and easy it has become for visitors to fashion their own video narratives by dragging and dropping some thumbnails. I contributed my own 2 cents, see the video below, and it took me all of about 5 minutes.
So, as we are currently thinking through a proposal for the NMC over here at UMW, we started to knock around the idea of how the very nature of composition across the disciplines might change in light of these new ways to construct video-based narratives without the overhead of Avid, Final Cut Pro, or some of the other professional video editing tools. And with the access to unbelievable footage via archive.org (and other resources), are we ready to start re-thinking the nature of composition on our campus? You can write papers, sure, but you can also author Vapers (or video papers) -tapping into another medium for creating meaning through formal elements such as juxtaposition, syntax, and style. Hmmmm, do we see a paper proposal (“Vapers: notes towards the future of interdisciplinary composition”) in all of this?