Jacqueline Wernimont, author of “Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media” Distinguished Lecture, “Visceral Data: Renderings
that & Matter”
at Digital Humanities at Michigan State University.
After listening to this presentation on data renderings in other than verbal or visual means, I was reminded of these concluding lines to Tomas Tranströmer “From March 1979” translated by Robin Fulton:
I come upon the tracks of deer in the snow.
Language but no words.
And the words of the poem led to a musical experience. Mark Duggan makes use of this in his notes to his composition “Language of Landscape” = thirteen minutes of aural joy …
And the music brought me back to the lecture and a drifting on my intellectual itinerary in theorizing the translations between sensory modalities. And I am brought back to the importance of story:
Objects carry narratives whatever the sensory modalities they may operate in. With our objects we sort, store and shuffle stories. And invite others into the game.
And so for day 3029