Chronicling the vernacular and the middlebrow in post-digital culture.

Middlebroware is a research project initiated by Dr. Frederik Lesage, an associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Digital media and creative practice have become inextricably entwined in the contemporary collective imaginary. The goal of this project is to better understand this imaginary and how constitutes a new material and symbolic order for culture. Specifically, we investigate how the design, marketisation, and use of digital tools — from Photoshop to PowerPoint, from Unity to the Google search engine — reify creativity.
Oct 30, 2020
Frederik Lesage
skills

Nicole Stewart and I recently had the opportunity to present at AoIR 2020 on some of the work we completed as part of the Searching for Tasks. Although the format was a bit constraining, it was an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the amazing work produced by Song Tang who has been working with us as a visualization expert and graphic artists. You can find more of his work on his website here: https://artofsongtang.com/

Aug 17, 2020
Frederik Lesage
skills

I recently had the chance to sit down (virtually) with Sophia Han of the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at SFU to talk about the Photoshop Inscriptions project. We had an excellent time covering a whole range of topics including how to define something as amorphous as "creative practice". The first half of the interview is posted on the DHIL blog and the second half should be up on the blog eventually.

Jul 22, 2020
Frederik Lesage
skills

Due to the pandemic, this year's IAMCR conference had to move not once, but twice. It was first shifted from China to Finland in order to deal with the initial outbreak. When the outbreak reached Europe, the Tampere team shifted its entire program to an online format. The team did a wonderful job considering these exceptional circumstances. Sadly, this meant the conference presentations took place entirely through a webportal.

the latest:

The Photoshop Inscriptions Project (https://dhil.lib.sfu.ca/pi/) has just been featured by SFU's Digital Humanities Lab as part of Day of Digital Humanities 2020 #dayofdh2020.