Corey Tegeler builds websites in New York with people and org­aniz­ations doing non-profit work related to environ­mental and social just­ice story­telling journal­ism educa­tionpublic  scholar­shiparchivesand history

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Climates of Inequality

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Climates of Inequality is a participatory public memory initiative to showcase the problems, actions, and solutions of frontline communities dealing with the historical, contemporary, and future harms of our human-caused climate emergency. Students, educators, community members, and activists from nearly two dozen cities collaborated to tell their stories of environmental oppression, their efforts of resistance, and their future visions for climate justice.

The website showcases all of these stories in various media including photography, archival material, 360 video, oral histories, interactive maps, and student projects and essays. All of the material of the site is also included in a traveling exhibition on its way to visit each city the project collaborated with.

Mapping the Spirit

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This website serves as a digital art object for Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s ongoing archival storytelling project that elaborates on the religious and spiritual articulations of people of African descent in North America. The platform uses photography, video, audio, text, and interactivity to tell stories and add depth beyond the reductive narrative of the homogenous “Black church” that often dominates mass media.

The project began with a chapter regarding the Moorish Science Temple of America. Kameelah’s research and documentation focuses on an individual collaborator’s personal spirituality and practices in conjunction with the history and doctrine of their religion and its organizing body. Future chapters will involve additional collaborations with Black religious practitioners and new forms of interactive media.

Four Corners Project

Supported by the Open Society Foundations
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For decades now, Fred Ritchin has written and taught about the potential and realized troubles that come with the increase of photography being generated, edited, and published digitally. Largely, his criticism has pointed at how many compounding factors of modern media consumption disregards the context of the images we look at and the credibility of those who produce or share them. Today, these views are far from any form of ‘prediction,’ but very much part of our media landscape that’s so often plagued by misinformation spread maliciously or otherwise.

Far from cynical, Fred has used his career to conceive and promote strategies that prioritize the ethics and efficacy of photography’s role in society, and always adapting to the time, if not being a bit ahead. One strategy, to enable photographers and publishers to embed necessary information into a photo published on the web, grew to be the Four Corners Project. This increased contextualization strengthens the authorship of the photographer and the credibility of the image by giving viewers access to information about the photographer, their code of ethics, the backstory of what is captured in the image, related images and videos, and external links relevant to the image and its story.

Four Corners images can be generated with a tool on the project’s website and embedded across the web. These interactive embeddable images can be published as standalone photos or in a collection on a photographer’s website, embedded within a journalistic story, or anywhere else images can be published online. Wherever the image exists, it insists to viewers that there is always more context to be understood beyond their immediate understanding of an image and a brief caption.

We are currently exploring creative and critical usages of the project to empower the authorship of image-makers and the trust of their audience. You can view examples of Four Corners images in our gallery.

Seventy Years of Suffocation

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In 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinian people were forcibly displaced from their homes and native land during the creation of the State of Israel and the violent occupation of Palestine that followed. Known as the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”), this event is now responsible for the displacement of millions of Palestinian refugees who continue to be denied their right to return home more than seventy years later.

Seventy Years of Suffocation is one of the many attempts to share with the world the lived experiences of Palestinians living under the myriad inhumane conditions caused by their displacement. These conditions are further worsened by the occupying Israeli government and their defense forces’ continued oppression and ceaseless violence inflicted on Palestinians as more land, lives, and futures are stolen. Somehow despite this, the children, mothers, and fathers featured in the project show glimpses of the familial love and enduring resiliency that sustains the survival of the people and culture of Palestine, and their undying belief they can one day return to their home.

The website is built on the empathetic photography, videos, and interviews by Tanya Habjouqa. Additionally, the end of each chapter contains archival press and citizen media to add additional depth and context. Ziv Schneider designed the editorial interface which I developed into an interactive platform for Amnesty International to be used in their ongoing efforts campaigning for Palestinian refugees’ right to return. The site is offered in English and Arabic.

The View from Ginling

w/ Gale Kenny(professor) and students: Athena Abadilla, Kristen Akey, Sarah Ambrose, Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn, Sarah Broniscer, Juliana Clark, Jessica Cruz, Elayna Gleaton, Nina Havivi, Ariella Napoli, Alice Noah, Willa Smith, Helyn Steppa, and Angela Xia
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This digital humanities project was created in collaboration with professor Gale Kenny at Barnard College and the students of her Spring 2018 course titled Religion in the Archives. Students learned to conduct archival research at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary's with assistance from archivists at Union and Barnard. The course was focused around the papers of Matilda Calder Thurston, an American missionary and founder of Ginling College, the first women’s undergraduate college in China.

The students were divided into three groups, each taking on a major theme found within the material, and through further poring over the archives they developed research their arguments. The shared goal of their collaborative effort was to decolonize the archives by critically analyzing the intent for the collection’s original creation: to exemplify past (and support future) missionary work by western Christians in foreign lands. Their engagement with the collection aimed to recontextualize its content, highlight the missing voices and historical gaps it suffers from, and use the collected information for purposes other than its original colonial intention for compilation.

Throughout the semester, I worked with the students to onboard them into being digital humanities practitioners and determine which interactive tools could strengthen their arguments and properly present their findings publically. Throughout this collaborative teaching experiment, I built the website, The View from Ginling, using Omeka which allowed students to catalog the digitized documents from the physical collection (and material provided from outside institutions) using Dublin Core metadata standards with assistance from Barnard Library & Academic Information Services (BLAIS) and their Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS). Professor Kenny and I repeated the course in the Fall 2019 semester with a new body of students to further the digitization efforts and produce additional interactive exhibits.

The Revealer

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Since 2003, the online magazine for NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, The Revealer, has been publishing interdisciplinary musings by a number of scholars on how religion takes shape in contemporary society around the world.

The Revealer has published nearly 4,000 articles through its monthly issues since its founding almost two decades ago. I designed and developed the website under guidance from the former editor Kali Handelman to preserve the magazine’s rich history of writings and lay the foundation for its future. The website is built to prioritize discovery through multiple access points to the myriad ideas and text throughout its expansive archive.

Reading Zimbabwe

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This website houses a growing catalog of over 2,000 published books about Zimbabwe over the past seven decades, spanning across five continents. The editorialization of this repository aims to problematize the production and dissemination of knowledge created about Zimbabwe, highlighting the unbalanced power that Western scholars have over a history and cultural identity far removed from themselves. Through a critical lens of the country’s colonial past and authoritarian present, Reading Zimbabwe investigates who writes the country’s history, and who has the access to learn it.

The website was developed to be optimized for readers in Zimbabwe on low bandwidth mobile browsers and was designed by Nontsi using visual inspiration from the architecture of Great Zimbabwe and the Khami Ruins.

International Studio & Curatorial Program

w/ Other Means(designers) for the International Studio & Curatorial Program
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The program hosts and supports artists and curators from around the world in their 35 studio building in Brooklyn. While working at the design studio Other Means, I developed the new website which acts as a repository for every resident, event, and exhibition hosted by ISCP since 1994 and has a secret “green room” for current residents to access resources during their residency.

Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex

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This piece by artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden reanimates the art and spirit of Essex Hemphill in cyberspace by featuring a collection of his written and performed works paired with memories and praises from his contemporaries. Hemphill was a prolific poet and activist throughout the 1980s, as well was one of the many gay Black men who were disproportionally affected by the AIDS epidemic in America, and it’s racist, homophobic, and violent mismanagement by those in power. He passed away due to complications relating to the virus twenty years prior to the creation of this artwork.

The work was created for the The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia which, in observance of World AIDS Day and Visual AIDS's Day Without Art, required visitors of their website to experience the web-based art piece before reaching the museum's homepage.

Mapping the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project

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The Grammatical Diversity Project at Yale University attempts to understand the nuanced differences in grammatical syntax across the United States by conducting and analyzing large-scale surveys. The data shown on the maps is anonymously collected survey results showing participants’ acceptability judgments of various linguistic phenomena. In short, the survey takers judge sentences on how much sense, or lack thereof, it makes to them. Are you done your homework?

To assist in the publishing of this research, I developed a web-based tool to plot the survey results on a bespoke interactive map tailored to the specificities of their research results and intended usages. The maps can be seen embedded with context throughout the site or viewed independently.