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A Digital Bojagi Wrapping Presence

A Digital Bojagi Wrapping Presence
A Korean “bojagi”

The design for Media Map emerged from an earlier project mapping the cultural history of Koreatown in Los Angeles that was presented at the last FemTechNet confererence – Signal/Noise at University of Michigan in 2016. The design metaphor was the “bojagi” – a traditional form of textile craft made exclusively by women in pre-modern Korea in which scraps of leftover or unused silk, ramie or cloth are stitched together to form a patchwork used to wrap presents, decorate the home or sometimes for ceremonial ritual. The resulting patchwork cloth is uneven, asymmetrical and unique, reflecting the iterative form of community building and becoming practiced in SCRAM. The bojagi thus becomes an appropriate reflection not only of the design and interface of this platform but the way in which this collective comes together. I think of it as a form of digital placemaking for our group where we inscribe a place for ourselves in digital space where collaborative community building is possible…crafting a digital bojagi together from the collective scraps of intersecting concerns that structure the continual becoming of the project and our group.  Our digital bojagi is wrapping presence with each other. There’s a sense of subversive co-creation at work with SCRAM. A subversive resistance to privileging standard modes of authorship, rather, an embracing of collective co-creation.