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  • Pathfinders

    Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop

    Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature

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  • Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + ‘the vanishing race

    Amy Borsuk, Beatrice Schuster, David J. Kim, Heather Blackmore, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Ulia Gosart

    A meta-archive and collection of essays on the ethnographic and photographic work of Edward S. Curtis.

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  • New Media and American Literature

    Curtis Marez, Jeffrey Shandler, Steve Anderson and Jentery Sayers

    Special issue of American Literature which includes four essays authored in Scalar.

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  • Hearing the ‘Music of the Hemispheres’

    Erin B. Mee

    A multimodal article examining the concert as an aural rendering of acts of spectatorship.

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  • Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality

    Colin Gordon

    An examination of inequality in modern America.

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  • Exhibitions Close Up—Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

    Sheryl E. Reiss

    A virtual experience of the exhibition, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

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  • D|N|A: Seven Interactive Essays on Nonlinear Storytelling

    Matt Soar and Monika Gagnon

    Brings together seven ‘essays’ by nine thinkers and artists to explore the emergent medium of nonlinear digital storytelling.

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  • “Publishing The Art Bulletin: Past, Present, and Future”

    Thelma K. Thomas

    A celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first issue of The Art Bulletin.

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  • The Nature of Dreams

    Seth Rogoff

    This book collects and analyzes over 150 media files in a lively exploration of dream-like moments in literature, film, visual art, and music.

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  • The Nicest Kids in Town

    Matthew F. Delmont

    The history of American Bandstand re-examined, with direct access to archival video.

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  • Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth Estate

    Virginia Kuhn

    Scalar enables the careful, sustained analysis of film and video clips in an article that explores the meaning and value of such analysis.

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  • We Are All Children of Algeria: Visuality and Countervisuality 1954-2011

    Nicholas Mirzoeff

    Nicholas Mirzoeff explores uses Scalar and the metaphor of the march to experiment with rhetorical structures.

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  • Freedom’s Ring

    Direction and Art by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

    A multimedia exploration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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  • The Knotted Line

    Direction and Painting by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

    A richly interactive visual interface combined with a deep pedagogical resource, both powered by Scalar.

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A selection of projects authored with Scalar.

New Media and American Literature Curtis Marez, Jeffrey Shandler, Steve Anderson and Jentery Sayers

This special issue of American Literature pairs two terms, new media and American literature, which are rarely put in the same sentence, except as opposites. Essays, which include four authored in Scalar (below), explore the insights that emerge when we consider their conjoining by examining mediation in general and digital technologies more specifically in the context of American literary history and cultural production.​

   Curtis Marez, Cesar Chavez’s Video Collection
“Cesar Chavez’s Video Collection” finds in Chavez’s store of graphics, photos, films, and videos from the 1940s to the 1990s evidence of farm workers’ appropriation of visual technologies to project social alternatives to the patriarchal white capitalism of agribusiness corporations.

   Jeffrey Shandler, Holocaust Survivors on Schindler’s List
“Holocaust Survivors on Schindler’s List; or, Reading a Digital Archive against the Grain” Examinins references to the 1993 film Schindler’s List in videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, the project’s “against-the-grain” reading demonstrates how mediation inheres in the processes of creating, archiving, and accessing these works of remembrance and, moreover, of remembering itself.

   Steve Anderson, Chaos and Control
“Chaos and Control: The Critique of Computation in American Commercial Media (1950-1980)” examines the critiques of computing culture posed by TV and movies during the mainframe computer age by looking closely at the substance of these critiques rather than reducing them to reflections of developments in the socioeconomic world.

   Jentery Sayers, Making the Perfect Record
“Making the Perfect Record” unpacks the often ignored, pre-1940s history of magnetic recording, with particular attention to how—through an interweaving of print fiction, sound transduction, storage media, audio playback, and visual culture—early magnetic recording materialized. In so doing, the essay offers scholars of both new and old media a sense of how we might better historicize the ostensible permanence and immateriality of contemporary data cultures and their digital economies.

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The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture was created with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.