CESTA Seminar | Nicholas Jenkins "17.28 Minutes in Flickr: amassing a visual archive for Kindred London"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

12:00 pm

Bldg. 160, Rm. 433A Map

Sponsored by:
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)

There are around 12,000 Flickr images (selected by a human not a machine) in the Kindred London photo archive. Many of them are beautiful, quite a lot are strange, some are both. To complement and enrich the visual information available in Kindred London’s four historical maps and to furnish a further dimension to our evocation of the city, we opted not for the obvious choice of matching period pictures but instead for a juxtaposition of past cartography and present photography. This talk discusses the process of collecting for use in our mapping project an archive of contemporary CC-licensed images of every part of the British capital made by multiple amateur photographers. Among the questions I’ll consider are: What uses can scholarship make of disparate materials originally created without any co-ordinated or central purpose? What can we learn about London by trawling through Flickr? What can we learn about Flickr by focusing on London? And, finally, can there be a “poetic” side to a DH project?

Nicholas Jenkins is the Primary Investigator for the forthcoming Kindred London and for Kindred Britain, described by the Economist as "an amazing digital humanities website that traces relations between 30,000 British people.” He has edited a Lincoln Kirstein Reader and co-edited and contributed to three volumes of Oxford University Press's "Auden Studies" series. He was General Editor of the Princeton University Press's "Facing Pages" translation series, and he has contributed essays and reviews to periodicals that include the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Raritan and the Yale Review. Jenkins is Co-Chair of the W. H. Auden Society and the Literary Executor of the poet, scholar and impresario Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder with George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet.

Photo: Erik Kessels, 24 Hrs in Photos, FOAM (Amsterdam), 2011, detail of installation shot.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Bldg. 160, Rm. 433A Map

Lunch will be served.


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