Miami Virtue

Choragraphy of the Virtual City


The Florida Research Ensemble (Ulmer, Revelle, Freeman and Tilson) is an interdisciplinary collaborative arts and research group developing choragraphy, a method of inquiry which applies modernist arts practices and poststructural theory to the design and testing of image as category. The authors argue that image categories functions for networked digital media the way Aristotle's word categories functioned for literate concepts. “Chora” was retrieved for contemporary philosophy by Jacques Derrida, in the context of his deconstruction of Western metaphysics. Grounded in grammatology (the history and theory of writing), Derrida’s critique of Being and Becoming as primary concepts of reality is that the category or classification system invented within literacy is not adequate for the apparatus of electracy that has developed since the industrial revolution. The FRE project in Miami designed and tested a prototype for a choral category, capable of coordinating real places, cultural collective information, digital technologies, and personal experience. Miami Virtue tested choragraphy as a method for adopting a particular region (the Miami River), including primary discourses organizing its lifeworld, and articulating it as a category of thought. The designed and recorded virtual site functions for electracy the way concepts function for literacy: as a navigable set supporting holistic intelligence and public discourse.

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Gregory L. Ulmer, PhD (1972), Brown University, is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. He is the author of Applied Grammatology (1985), and Internet Invention (2003), among other books and essays developing the theory of electracy as the digital apparatus.

Barbara Jo Revelle, MFA (1973), University of Colorado, Boulder, is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. Her creative photography has been included in numerous exhibitions and permanent public collections. She is Society of Photographic Education honored educator of the year 2017.

John Craig Freeman, MFA (1991), University of Colorado Boulder, is Professor at Emerson College, an artist, a Research Affiliate, MIT Open Documentary Lab (2022), a Fellow at ZERO1 American Arts Incubator (2016), LACMA Art + Technology (2015), and NEA (1992).

William L. Tilson, MArch (1975), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. He has published essays on the impact of media on public space and plans for historic seacoast communities in Florida and the Caribbean.
Madison Jones

Introduction: The EmerAgency

PART 1: Miami – Image

1 Occasion

2 Place

3 Situation

4 Encounter

5 Memory

PART 2: Myami – Narrative

6 Allegory

7 Mystory 1: Family

8 Mystory 2: Entertainment

9 Mystory 3: History

10 Mystory 4: Theory

PART 3: Miautre – Oracle

11 Reading

12 Invention

13 Jazz

14 Vortex

15 Choramancy

Afterword: Electrate Virtue
Gregory L. Ulmer and John Craig Freeman

Works Cited
Miami Virtue is targeted to faculty, researchers and students of art, photography, new media, philosophy, rhetoric, architecture, geography, education and public policy, as well as a more generalized public with an interest in the social, political and cultural changes driven by digital, networked and mobile technologies.
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