“CoDA is enabling me to finally focus on making all those things we have dreamed of for so long a reality, providing me with the most creatively satisfying phase of my professional life.”
As creative director, Ruth Tringham’s job is to make sure that the CoDA team is always reaching towards the dreams that our imaginations tell us might be possible. She is looking one-step ahead to the long- and short-term creative future of CoDA research projects, educational and training schemes, and community events. Beyond dreaming, on a daily basis she is an active participant in research and education and a reluctant co-writer of grant proposals.
Ruth is a Professor in the Graduate School (Anthropology) (=semi-retired) at the University of California, Berkeley and received her Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a founder and director of the UC Berkeley Multimedia Authoring Center for Teaching in Anthropology (MACTiA). Her research has focused on the transformation of early agricultural (Neolithic) societies and she has directed and published archaeological excavations in Southeast Europe and Turkey (Çatalhöyük). The Last House on the Hill – the first project of CoDA – is the digital publication of the BACH project at Çatalhöyük, which she directed from 1997 to 2005. Other digital projects that she directs that have emerged from the BACH project are Remixing Çatalhöyük, Okapi Island in Second Life, and the Remediated Places project. Her current research focuses on creating database narratives and recombinant histories about the life-histories of people, places and things and the multisensorial construction of place.