LEONARDO - Transactions

A DJ in the Library



Disc Jockeys (DJs) have worked with large collections of electronic media since the advent of file sharing in the 1990s. Each week, or more often, they generate fresh sets of material from the collection and present them publicly. The DJ’s interaction with the digital collection has to support recall and encounter in a creative flow. Their system for retrieving and using information enables learning, stimulates creativity, and allows responsive presentation and publication. The DJ’s model of information interaction is a read/write engagement in the archive; a system of authorship that reuses pre-authored material. It is transferable to other data-representations.

see: Leonardo, Vol. 48, No. 2


IJART 2014 preview:

Mixing the Library: Information Interaction and the Disc Jockey. International Journal of Arts and Technology - Inderscience Publishers

A Model of information interaction, based on the activities of Discs Jockeys (DJs) provides a valuable conceptual framework for working in large digital collections. Their processes and workflow demonstrate creative information behaviors that are transferable to other data-representations; as such model represents a new take on the read/write system of interaction for creative development in archives of all kinds, and provides an platform for authoring and learning.


Arts IT 2013. Third International Conference on Arts and Technology, Milan, Italy 21st – 23rd March 2013

Partners:University of Milano-Bicocca & Department of Informatics, Systems and Communications (DISCo)

Poster Session
Norton. D., Dr. O’Neill. S., Woods. M., (2013) Information and the Disc Jockey