More Fun and Games with Lumen5

I have had some fun playing with the new multimodal presentation tool, Lumen5.

First, I translated one of Simon Ensor’s ultra-resonant posts in his blog, Tachedesens.  My first results was pale and small interpretation/translation of Simon’s invitation to ‘come and play’, but what of that. First tries are glorious leaps of faith.

Second, I translated one of Howard Rheingold’s DML interviews with Gardner Campbell.    Simon’s post was poetic and persuasive and I wanted to try something more transactive, more informational to see how Lumen5 would handle different content.  Affordances change as the content varies–that’s one of my discoveries.  Personal Learning Cyberinfrastructures was the result.

Third, I wanted to summarize a piece that I was thoroughly familiar with, David Foster Wallace’s commencement address, “This Is Water”.  Totally derivative on my part, but useful.  I discovered much in what amounted to a new, close reading of the address.

Obviously, I need a lot more practice to get the Lumen5 discipline down.   While it might not afford the same possibilities of a magical clothes closet where I  meet talking animals, there is a bit of a kingdom of creativity here. And there is promise in further practice and plenty of room in this mansion to explore. As Simon wrote, “Come and play.”


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    This is a stunning tool, Terry. I think you are definitely in the magical closet with no smell of mothballs. Thanks.

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    Hi Terry, I like how you approached the tool with different levels of familiarity with the content. I have been surprised how this tool has lead me to the slow read. For example, I first tried to capture Alan Levine’s last post but my initial storyboard captured the wrong stuff! I had to slow down, read it again and then go back to Lumen5 to capture the essence. Unbeknowns to me, Sarah was doing this same activity on the other side of the world and she captured it beautifully.
    I do think this storyboarding/remixing/summarising will work for most readings and blogs but more complex writings will take longer.
    I love the flexibility of the tool to do your own image searches and to even storyboard from scratch (as I did to capture a Twitter ‘moment’).
    I’m now investigating the use of the to create a gif from the Lumen5 vid….thanks for working out loud.

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