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


Searching for Tasks - AoIR Conference Presentation

October 30, 2020
Frederik Lesage

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:

The image for this blog post is only a sample of the great work he has done with us. We are in the final stages of preparing a report based on our findings in which Song's work will be central.

You can find a summary of the early stages of the research on the AoIR 2020 conference website here:

More to come soon!

DHIL Interview for the Photoshop Inscription Project

August 17, 2020
Frederik Lesage

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.

I really appreciated the opportunity to respond to Sophia's insightful questions - they really helped me reflect on a number of things about the project I hadn't yet considered. It was also a great opportunity to prepare for an upcoming talk at the Digital Humanities Conference at the University of British Columbia hosted by the Public Humanities Hub where I will be presenting the project with the DHIL.

IAMCR conference presentation on "Searching for Tasks"

July 21, 2020
Frederik Lesage

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.

Frederik Lesage and Nicole Stewart presented some of their early findings for the "Searching for Tasks" project in a panel titled "Politics of Platforms, Platforms as Politics" as part of the Communication Policy & Technology section. You can access the abstract here and a link to the paper here (although the latter seems to be password protected). We were very lucky to be a part of this international panel chaired by Julia Pohle of WZB Berlin Social Sciences. The discussant was the, as always, fantastic Professor Robin Mansell from the Department of Media and Communications at LSE whose questions and comments proved extremely insightful.