Deconstruct to Reconstruct: Examining Collective Digital Archives to Tell Herstory

Deconstruct to Reconstruct: Examining Collective Digital Archives to Tell Herstory

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A Digital Humanities Visual Art Project


Technology can afford multiple types of interactions. Among these interactions is expanding our communication with each other to construct new meanings of the world. Building upon the notion that knowledge is co-constructed I created this visual representation that Deconstruct digital media tweets to Reconstruct the words to create a new meaning of it, telling a different story of it that connects with its previous meaning, but also create a continuation of it to give a broader perspective than what a tweet can tell. In this project, I have multiple goals: (1) to problematize my decisions as a researcher looking at public data and the methodological steps I took to build this art visual representation; (2) examine the power of digital media tools as a way to support the creation of digital archives by and with youth; (3) expand the notion of non-linear storytelling while also humanizing untold stories; (4) argue that while data can predict or/and tell stories, without careful examination of the meaning of this data, it can also be a tool that reproduces injustice; (5) connect between the themes of time, place, space, speed, tools, and language by using multiple types of sources to construct a meaning of this work; and finally (6) examining the role of intergenerational learning in knowledge construction.

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Created by: Areej Mawasi (2020)
Featured music by: Amal Kaawash (2014).MAZEN SIBLINI ARRANGEMENT.
AHMAD KAABOUR ALBUM’S “Falastin Amma Baa’d”. With permission from Amal Kaawash.
Visual Art Installation. 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society: Education Beyond the Human (CIES2020). MIAMI, FL.