Art & Politics in the City

Art & Politics in the City is a 3-semester, co-located, co-taught course led by Professor Alejandro Velasco in NY, and Florencia Malbran in Buenos Aires. Each semester, a (new) cohort of students investigates the correlation between street art and politics (electoral, cultural, economic, etc.) by using several pieces of technology to document, map, and analyze the graffiti in specific neighborhoods of NY and BA. Students are assigned a neighborhood and go out into the field to document the street art using a mobile data collection app called Fulcrum (fulcrumapp.com). The data from Fulcrum syncs to CartoDB, and from there students import public data to conduct their analyses, which includes spatial comparisons (NY to BA) and temporal comparisons across the several semesters. All of this work is showcased on a course site, using NYU Web Publishing. The course is now in its second semester, and students are in the process of generating their maps. I, Lillian Moran from GLI, and Andrew Battista from Data Services have been assisting with the technology this semester.

Interactive Pedagogy: Social Media Repurposing in Cinema Studies

This is a collaborative class project that analyzes the potential contributions of social networking tools to the documentation of personal moments in film history, and proposes an alternative, networked mode of film historiography. This experimental multimediated exploration aims to stimulate critical reflection on the complexities of documenting shared events and of conveying highly subjective cinematic experiences. The convergence of multiple means of capturing and remediating the ephemera of cinematic experiences provides new and innovative ideas on what it means to archive in the age of digital communications and social media.