Welcome to the online annotated bibliography for ENC 6426 -- Visual Texts and Technology. This course will focus on citizen curating, which offers opportunities to non-professional curators who are interested in the art of creating exhibits from archived materials. We will curate both on-site and digital/online exhibitions. The course will have three purposes:
Our exhibits will be made from archival materials in African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection: 1720-2010, which is held by the University of Central Florida library. This collection contains thousands of items relating to African American history including books, manuscripts, sheet music, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, broadsides, posters, photographs and ephemera, which all speak to the black experience. Included is an array of racist ephemera including derogatory postcards, advertisements, product packaging, magazine and newspaper illustrations and other related materials. Carol Mundy, herself African-American and a non-academic, will participate in training students to work with this fascinating and difficult material.
The seminar will involve collaboration with the John C. Hitt Library, UCF’s Public History Center, the Regional Center for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories of Central Florida (RICHES), and other partnering entities. Students enrolled in the seminar will have the option to work as interns in the John C. Hitt Library, the Public History Center, and the RICHES program. During their internships, students will develop their skills in archiving, preservation, digitizing, tagging, and curating, and will create curated exhibits, both in public spaces and online.
Curators need to make informed decisions about their work and to be aware of their choices. To this end, we will learn the ideas and works of exemplary curators, such as Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Henri Langlois, Harald Szeeman, Anne d’Harnoncourt, Jean-François Lyotard, and others. We will also present the works of theorists and writers, such as Walter Benjamin, Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris, Frances Yates, Roland Barthes, André Breton, Gregory Ulmer, and Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook, whose ideas enrich our understanding of curating with new media. From these curators and theorists, students will develop their own curating practices.