Digital Creativity Week is an intensive five day course in which students learn how to manipulate images, sound and video, how to wrangle and visualise data, and learn how to code, all in the context of exploring research archive. Students based their creations on the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary.
Although the students learn lots of skills directly relevant to their studies, the focus of the week is to engage with the archive materials creatively and personally, and relies on being a space to play to develop the students’ abilities and thinking.
With an emphasis on getting the students to play with data, I based much of my thinking on the idea of Brian Eno and his book, The Vertical Colour of Sound. In the book there are some insightful common sense ideas, including:
"For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”
"As soon as you externalise an idea you see facets of it that weren’t clear when it was just floating around in your head."
“The more time you spend on an old idea, the more energy you invest in it, the more solid it becomes, and the more it will exclude new ideas.”