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The Korsakow System: Database Filmmaking for the Web

On Sunday April 29th, I will be presenting at HASTAC 2013 in Toronto, sharing a panel dedicated to Korsakow with Matt Soar, Midi Onodera, and Florian Thalhofer. Together, we will explore the software's potential for dynamic storytelling, with my own presentation exploring the software's curatorial possibilities. 

Up to this point, I've mostly used the software for personal experiements with media and as a teaching tool. In my classes, Korsakow has been used to map out connections between research objects, usually as a counterpart to CMS as linear/chronological modes of collecting and conveying research. For Archinodes, I've often wondered about Korsakow's potential to tell stories based on various client requests: to display collections, to demonstrate relationships between media, to engage users into shaping a particular narrative. Much left to be explored...

If you would like to attend the presentation at HASTAC where much of this will be discussed, head to York University on Sunday April 29, at 10:30-11:45. Look for Session 40: “The Korsakow System: Database Filmmaking for the Web.”  

Conference details for the HASTAC website:

HASTAC 2013: The Storm of Progress will bring together 5 keynote speakers, 150 refereed papers, panels and demos, a maker space, curated digital performances and over 200 attendees including established and emerging scholars, artists and authors, tech entrepreneurs and teachers, to explore alternative modes of creating, innovating, and critiquing that better address the interconnected, diverse, interactive global nature of knowledge today, both in the academy and beyond. The scheduled sessions will deepen our understanding of the role of digital technologies and media and the changes in behaviour and ways of learning and working currently underway. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of HASTAC’s founding. In that spirit HASTAC 2013 is showcasing work that is either reflective or prescient, that evaluates our digital histories and seeks to construct our digital future(s). We invited contributors to take this opportunity to look back, theorize and archive. We invited them to engage in the creative, if impossible, attempt to glimpse the digital future. We challenged them to shape it. And researchers from across Canada, the United States and Europe and from as far away as Australia are coming to Toronto to share how they and their teams, their research labs, their classrooms and their students are building the technologies and subjects of the future right now or imagining new horizons of possibility for the ways in which we will make, teach, learn and find community in the coming decade(s).