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Bibliocircuitry + Weaving Core Memory: Kari Kraus and Daniela Rosner Lecture and Maker Workshop

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:00am to Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:00pm
Scholars' Lab, Alderman Library
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This essay describes, models, and advocates for the role of reflective design in bibliography and textual studies. Popularized by Donald Norman, reflective design promotes critical inquiry over usability and exploratory prototyping over fully realized productions. We highlight four projects undertaken by the authors that embody reflective design, including three that explore the crossed codes of print and electronic books. A larger aim of the essay is to position bibliotextual scholarship and pedagogy as design-oriented practices that can be used to imagine the future as well as reconstruct the past.
From Daniela Rosner's Making Core Memory site
The software code for the Apollo rockets was stored in woven memory, handmade by operators who NASA engineers nicknamed LOLs, short for "Little Old Ladies." In a series of workshops, participants weave 'core memory’ and collaboratively build an electric quilt that tells the story of women's contribution to NASA innovation. When they plug their 'core memory' patch into the conductive quilt, the quilt plays firsthand accounts of 1960s core memory production while sending tweets via our @lolweaversaccount. We use this moment in engineering history to examine craftwork’s intellectual contribution to innovation — how craftwork becomes hardware manufacturing, and how hardware manufacturing becomes craftwork. 
This project is supported under NSF grant #1453329.
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