During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities will explore the theme: Ambient Algorhythms in the Arts and Humanities.

The rhythms of daily life surround us: calls from nature, vibrations from musical instruments, pings from mobile devices, corrupt bits from malware, mutated diseases. Some of these are part of our natural landscape. Others are replicated through technological interventions. Still others require a human host to thrive. Some are uplifting, while others are insidious, and every one of them presents algorithmic structures worth exploring through an artistic and humanistic lens.    

As part of the Ambient Algorhythms series, we will explore themes such as algorithms of pervasive surveillance, permutations of ambient music, reverberations of sounds in our cities and homes, patterns of documenting injustices, and exponential ebbs and flows of a global pandemic. These points of intersection have urgent, often paradoxical implications in our everyday lives. Exploring these rhythms and algorithms can both inform our existing work and probe novel areas of inquiry. 

The crescendos of 2020—from police brutality and human rights violations to professional and personal disenfranchisement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—are equally exposed or repressed through "surveillance culture" and rapidly transmitted through "viral interactions." These digital blips—small or large, digital or analog—have the power to influence and alter the human condition. By looking to scholars and artists as they investigate, question, and dissect emerging facets of this new digital age, we will explore how algorhythms can be defined and applied in the arts and humanities and how these ambient forces can shape our collective experience.



The answer is more than likely yes! We encourage you to schedule an appointment regardless of where you are in your project timeline. It's just as important to us to provide early and exploratory brainstorming support as it is to assist with final touches and publishing. Whether you're just starting out and wondering if digital approaches could be useful for you or need advanced support as you tackle late-stage concerns, we're here to help. 

In the meantime, if you're still not quite ready to schedule, some of our existing resources and recorded workshops might be able to help. You can use the buttons above to navigate our archives and related pages.


Are you working on a project with a significant digital component in pursuit of tenure and/or promotion? Do you need to jump-start a digital project? Whether you're an undergraduate student, graduate student, or faculty member, IDAH wants to help. Our Faculty Fellowship program and HASTAC Scholarship program are both designed to provide funding for digitally-inflected research projects, while our Incubator program brings all of the resources IU has to offer for faculty and graduate students engaged in digital arts & humanities projects into a single room for a week-long intensive workshop in July.


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