Trina: A Design Fiction for the Digital Humanities

Trina: A Design Fiction for the Digital Humanities

  • 17 October 2018, 5–6pm
  • Monash Art Design & Architecture
    Building G, Room G1.04
    900 Dandenong Rd
    Caulfield East VIC 3145

  • Free, all welcome

Join us for a talk by Anne Burdick, Professor of Visual Communication in the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at University Technology Sydney.

Anne Burdick's talk Trina: A Design Fiction for the Digital Humanities incorporates a live 20-minute performance of Trina followed by a brief Q&A.

Trina uses design and fiction to investigate the future of Humanities research and to question the worlds made possible by the use of emerging technologies for reading and writing. In this unusual show-and-tell (think: PechaKucha meets La Jetée), the audience follows Trina, an unemployed literary scholar who creates virtual “n-dimensional knowledge objects” alone in her RV in the desert. Through Trina’s augmented eyes we see the software-mediated daily life within which the mystery of a cryptic, typewritten document unfolds.

Trina is conceived and produced by designer Anne Burdick (Digital_Humanities, Writing Machines) in collaboration with writer Janet Sarbanes (Army of One, The Protester Has Been Released), with an electronic soundtrack by sound artist Casey Anderson.

Anne Burdick is currently Professor of Visual Communication in the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at UTS. For the last ten years, she has been Professor and Chair of Media Design Practices (MDP), a graduate program at Art Center College of Design focused on designing for the future of information and communication technologies. In her own practice, Anne designs experimental text projects in diverse media, for which she has garnered recognition, from winning the prestigious Leipzig Award for book design to being nominated for a Webby Award for her work with interactive texts and electronic literature. With Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Pressner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, she is a co-author of the book Digital_Humanities, and her writing and design can be found in the Los Angeles Times, Eye Magazine, Émigré, and Electronic Book Review, among others, and her work is held in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Gallery, SFMOMA, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.