OO Frequency: An Object-Oriented Media Channel
OO Frequency welcomes short object-oriented videos, virtual presentations, and webinars. Submissions are open to anyone, although all videos will be screened for comportment with the journal’s academic standards. Specifications: Videos must not exceed 10-minutes, will be shared both on the journal’s website and YouTube, and are subject to editing for length requirements. Please send queries regarding submitting material for the Channel to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Cret and the Decorum of Objects (by Jim Brown)
In Paul Cret and the Decorum of Objects, Jim Brown, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison whose work focuses of rhetoric, writing, and new media studies, argues that Paul Cret’s architectural work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an example of rhetorical carpentry. Building upon the work of Ian Bogost in Alien Phenomenology, Jim Brown argues that understanding the rhetorics of nonhuman objects requires something more than just linguistic description. By working with the rhetorical theories of Richard Lanham and emerging work in Object Oriented Ontology, Brown argues for a rhetorical carpentry that understands the decorum of objects. This piece is a condensed version of a talk originally delivered at the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Philadelphia. (Share Link: http://vimeo.com/44889550)
Object-Oriented Gaga (by Shane Denson)
In Object-Oriented Gaga, Shane Denson, post-doctoral researcher in American Studies and coordinator of the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Media Research at the Leibniz University of Hannover, explores the relation between contemporary enactments of celebrity and the nonhuman agencies that make them possible—as deployed in the arsenal of medially and ontologically “queer” objects (disco sticks, disco gloves, and iPod LCD glasses) that articulate Lady Gaga’s iconic and serially mutating persona. Talk originally presented at The Nonhuman Turn conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (Share Link: http://youtu.be/a8pSO8RjXS0)
Penumbra Blind (by Christina McPhee)
In Penumbra Blind (2012), Christina McPhee, a visual and media artist, considers all biological data-sets — ‘animal’ and ‘human,’ ‘scientist’ and ‘invertibrate,’ as continua in and out of shadows, mirroring each other. With music by Ava Mendoza, “Penumbra” (2010), the montage consists of two vertical layers, the top reversing the bottom, so that time and depth interpolate or cancel each other, much like the way light moves through venetian blinds — shimmering interpellations across grids and meshes — calls and responses.
Location: Gulf of Mexico, deep sea location, December 2010 after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on board the LUMCON Pelican. (Share Link: http://vimeo.com/35938328).
Alien Relationship (by Nathaniel A. Rivers)
Nathaniel Rivers, an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University who teaches rhetorical theory and writing, engages in this video in an experiment in what Ian Bogost calls “carpentry” and what Jim Brown calls “rhetorical carpentry,” in order to reveal nonhuman/nonhuman relationships as they take place alongside human/human and human/nonhuman relationships. “Alien Relationship” combines text from Devin Johnston’s Creaturely and Other Essays, images taken using the Instagram App on Rivers’s iPhone, and a sound effect (“white noise in the house” from klankbeeld at freesound.org). Rivers discusses this video experiment in more detail at his weblog pure_sophist_monster HERE. (Share Link: http://vimeo.com/40426318).
Object-Oriented Photography (by Paul Caplan)
Paul Caplan, doctoral candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, explores how different photographers have represented objects in their works to create an object-oriented aesthetic practice. (Share link: http://youtu.be/vVA–pDFxo0).
DSCOOOO1.jpg Project (by Robert Jackson)
Robert Jackson, doctoral candidate at the University of Plymouth, offers a rejoinder to Ian Bogost’s “Seeing Things” (see below), in which he outlines a project of collecting first photographs that focuses on the contingency of the banal. (Share link: http://youtu.be/d7VrpUh_eUQ).
Seeing Things (by Ian Bogost)
Ian Bogost, computational media designer, philosopher, critic, and researcher, offers a short talk on the photography of Garry Winogrand, originally produced for the Third Object-Oriented Symposium on September 14, 2011 at The New School. (Share link: http://bit.ly/q5QhvK).