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About Kredati.org

Kredati.org is my professional website. I’m Scott C. Richmond, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Wayne State University in Detroit. The “C.” is there so you don’t confuse me with the Blue Jays pitcher. Kredati is a place for me to do a few things: that most red-blooded American activity of self-promotion; post links to my “traditional” academic work in film and media theory; host and post course-related materials for the students in the courses that I am teaching; disseminate teaching support materials for folks teaching humanities computing; host my own “digital humanities” projects; and give me an occasion to futz around with various web design practices and web development technologies.

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About Scott

As I said, I teach and research in the English department at Wayne State. My PhD is in Cinema and Media Studies, and if I’m an expert about an actual thing, it’s experimental film and media—underground and avant-garde film, experimental media practices, radical technological aesthetics. That is, however, a bit misleading: mostly I think really hard about cinema and other screen media as technological and aesthetic systems, and while I do that, I read a lot of highfalutin’ theory (mostly phenomenology). I also think and talk a lot about lowbrow cultural technologies of various kinds: I’ve published on Jackass and Spider-Man and Candy Crush. I’m working on a book chapter on Grindr. I’ve finished writing my first book—it’s in production at the University of Minnesota Press; it is about the feeling of flying through space in the cinema. My second book is still very much in progress, and is about how we encounter others through screens. For a more formal version of this, you can either check out my research page or download my full CV.

I also used to study computer science. For a while I designed media (print and web) and programmed computers for a living. I’ve been teaching my English majors to code of late, and have started teaching in some fairly experimental ways about media. This website exists in part to develop that practice, and to share what I concoct with others.

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Why Kredati?

In a remarkable book I keep coming back to Man, Play, and Games, quasi-surrealist games anthropologist Roger Caillois distinguishes between structured and unstructured play, choosing the terms ludus and paidia, respectively. In a nice bit of explanatory French ethnocentrism, he writes, “I have chosen the term paidia [for this unstructured play] because its root is the word for child, and also because of a desire not to needlessly disconcert the reader by resorting to a term borrowed from an antipodal language. However, the Sanskrit kredati and the Chinese wan seem both richer and more expressive through the variety and nature of their connotations. It is true that they also present the disadvantages of overabundance—a certain danger of confusion, for one. Kredati designates the play of adults, children, and animals. It applies more specifically to gamboling, i.e. to the sudden and capricious movements provoked by a superabundance of gaiety and vitality. It applies equally to illicit sex relationships, the rise and fall of waves, and anything that undulates with the wind” (27).

I have no Sanskrit, and I suspect that Caillois may have been making things up: I have not been able to find anything about kredati anywhere. Nevertheless, I name my site using this “antipodal” word for unstructured play because I love its weird obscurity, Caillois’s delicious description of its semantic play, and the actual sense Caillois gives it. Much of what Kredati hosts is related to games or play in some sense—let it be in this sense.

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About the Image

The image on kredati.org is Brothers Hunting, ©2012 by Jason Burton. Jason is my beloved partner. In addition to making drawings, he also sells beard combs and other grooming and beautification products for men under Burton & Levy.

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Copyright and Permissions

The entirety of kredati.org and its subdomains, unless it falls under others’ copyright (e.g. the image), is ©2015 Scott C. Richmond. Unless it falls under others’ copyright, the entirety of Kredati.org is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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