Behavior/time - Creative strategies for culture and education

Behavior/time builds interactive visualizations used for pedagogy, like those employed in French high schools to spatialize and teach poetry. We have also grown social movements like the Dear Black Women Project, a thriving community of affirmation-based support, as well as brought to life humanitarian research such as SMS Pantry, which provides critical resources to people with food insecurity in the USA. metaLAB at Harvard, Paris-Sorbonne Université, Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Piaggio Fast Forward, University of Michigan School of Information, The Dear Black Women Project, Alliance Française, New Geographies | Harvard University Press, Kiwiversity, The Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Japan Disaster Digital Archive

Project Apollinaire

In association with OBVIL and metaLAB Harvard at Sorbonne University in Paris.

The French poet, playwright, novelist, journalist, and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire produced prodigiously during his short life (1880-1918). Today, Apollinaire’s playful forms of expression continue to inspire manifold interpretation in digital form, in video, song, and even dance. Despite this, much of his work still lay dormant, dispersed in archives across Paris, accessible mostly to academics. Ambitious in its scope and breadth, Project Apollinaire centralizes a large portion of his impressive oeuvre and makes it easily explorable for high school students in classrooms throughout France.

The platform encourages students to explore Apollinaire’s influence by placing his works amidst the modern artifacts which they have inspired. To this end, the project reveals a network of thousands of diverse media objects – manuscripts, texts, newspapers, audio clips, videos, and photographs. So while Apollinaire only lived to thirty-six, on Project Apollinaire the timeline of his influence extends visually into the present day.
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explorative research
interactive visualization
information design
full stack webapp

This project was built in Paris by Krystelle Denis (of Behavior/time), Paule Desmoulière, and Delphine Vernozy, under the guidance of Didier Alexandre, director of L’Observatoire de la Vie Littéraire (OBVIL) and metaLAB at Harvard.