Narrating the birth of the Irish Theatre Ballet (ITB) Company

The presentation will briefly introduce the history of Irish Theatre Ballet, the first Irish professional ballet company, founded by Joan Denise Moriarty in 1959. The company travelled through all Ireland to bring ballet – at that time, more than often something unknown – even in the smallest villages.

Then, the presentation will move to discuss the digital tools which will be used to accomplish the project’s purpose. The first thing to think about when deciding which tools using for a digital project is its purpose, and the vibe it is meant to suggest. To me, the idea was to focus on telling the story of how the ballet company was born, and to leave people – and my dissertation – reflecting upon it. This is the reason why the choice fell on tools which produce digital artefacts where the accent lies on a flow of items, images, spatial and temporal paths, without too many data or wordy descriptions.

Claudia Sartori

Animated GIFs as a digital art form

Digital Art is the latest chapter in the History of Art. Using computer and the Internet as a medium, it paradoxically ruptures with many traditions and practices of Art and, at the same time, continues and perpetuates many of the discipline`s enduring questions, themes and aspirations. My research focuses on these characteristics, paying special attention to Animated GIFs as a digital art form in its own right. I will analyse Animated GIFs` relationship to art movements of the past, and intend to make my own art with this image file, showcasing them on a website. Finally, in my own artistic use of Animated Gifs I intend, in conjunction, to highlight its close conceptual connection to Existentialism themes and ideas.

Alan Andrei

Personal Online Branding – The “Me” Brand

We are surrounded by brands, more so now than ever. Brands are a huge undertaking to maintain in today’s digital world. With so many platforms available for brands to enter, social media has revolutionized the way brands communicate with its target market. The way Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and many more, has helped brands to grow and expand, has proven just how powerful a brand can be.

Brands are not just products, brands can be people or groups as well, take for example The Beckham brand helped Victoria to launch her fashion line a lot faster than traditional houses would have previously taken. Or The Kardashians, the family whose only job is to look “good” on TV, and be everywhere.

So should we be branding ourselves? When looking for work, we all have our traditional CV. Two pieces of paper that has the sole purpose of showing its reader who we are or who we want them to see. This is what a brand also wants to accomplish when we view an ad or read an article about it. Therefore, when we apply for a job, we are putting forward ourselves, our brand. The brand of “Me”.

Social media has the purpose to show a brand to its full extent. Personal Online Branding should also use this method for the same reason. You are showing yourself as yourself, the true you. My presentation for the Digitalis Day will examine how to use Social media tools for Personal Online Branding, the good, the bad and the…….photo-shopped.

Maeve Ahern

In a World of Women’s Other Words

Abstract

Ken Robinson, in his 2006 TED Talk, claims that as a society we are educated to think in terms of one half of our brain – The left hemisphere. Furthermore, other commentators such as Lehrer (2012) and Estés (1999) advocate the importance of embracing our creative side. Creativity has often been seen as inferior to Science and Technology. I consider both sides equally important but through my personal journey I have observed that often when we ‘do creativity’ it is done from the left logical side. Day-dreaming is viewed negatively even though some commentators say it is necessary to fully function. I want to explore this and I want to do this by focusing on women who have walked an alternate path and have used forms of creativity to underpin their lifestyle. Not necessarily writers and artists but those who may use drums, or other forms of creativity. Woman who have been labeled as ‘rebel.’ I want to digitise their stories. I want to probe what underpins their life journey, the barriers they face. All the woman I will interview will be over 45. In essence I am searching for the Wild Wise Woman. I wonder what wisdom I will garner.

Estes, C.P. (1992) Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman, London: Random House-Ebury Press

Lehrer, J. (2012) Imagine: How Creativity Works, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcout.

Robinson, K. (Feb 2006) How Schools Kill Creativity TED Talks. http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Rae McKinlay

From Cattle-Thieving to Camouflage: The Story of Irish Speakers at War

My presentation will be produced using the Prezi format. It will cover the process of putting together my digital artifact, which will be in the form of a Time Map. This will consist of several stages: (1) putting together a Google Docs spreadsheet, (2) the conversion of the spreadsheet into a Time Map and (3) the presentation of the Time Map on various forms of social media. The theme of the Time Map will be that of the experiences of Irish speakers as part of Ireland’s military diaspora, how they are seen by historians, how they see themselves, how they have influenced the Irish language and how they have influenced warfare.

Justin Scannell