CAA THATCamp 2015

February 9, 2015 — February 10, 2015
Victoria Szabo

Professor Victoria Szabo is among a group of scholars organizing a THATCamp preceding the 2015 College Art Association Conference. The unconference will focus on new tools and methods for research in architecture, visual arts, new media, and digital art. A full description from the THATCamp webpage is below:



The College Art Association is pleased to announce that the third THATCamp CAA will take place Monday and Tuesday, February 9-10, 2015, just before the annual CAA Conference. Registration is free, and anyone may register. We especially encourage artists to attend this year’s THATCamp CAA.

THATCamp CAA 2014, associated with College Art Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, raised awareness about the new tools and methods available for research in the visual arts and architecture. We hope a third THATCamp CAA in 2015 will continue this process by expanding the community to include new media and digital art, thus embracing a broader community reflective of CAA’s membership that will include artists, designers, scholars, historians, theoreticians, librarians, educators, and students.

As with all THATCamps, the focus will be on a community-generated set of proposed topics. Given this year’s focus on new media and digital art, we especially encourage proposals from individuals or groups who would like to demonstrate, as well as discuss ,digital making techniques within the context of artistic and academic practices.

We hope that THATCamp CAA 2015 will help move the disciplines of art and art history forward into the digital age by increasing awareness of existing digital projects, by creating a community of artists and scholars interested in digital methods, providing hands-on training in digital tools, and raising awareness of non-traditional career paths for digitally-minded studio art and art history professionals.

As in 2014, CAA will schedule a THATCamp follow-up session as part of the formal CAA program that will include a debriefing from THATCamp participants and organizers. THATCamp CAA narratives and session responses will also be posted to the CAA web site as post-conference proceedings.

OPPORTUNITY: Postdoc in Data Curation for Visual Studies

Through generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources, Duke University is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Visual Studies, jointly appointed by the Duke University Libraries and the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral program in Art History, Digital Media, Historical and Cultural Visualization, or a related field in the past five years. This is a full-time, two-year appointment, with an annual salary of $60,000, including full benefits.

Find out more here.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 29, 2014

Dean Patton Visits Wired!

December 5, 2014

This past Friday, Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts & Sciences, stopped by the Wired! Lab’s weekly open lab time to observe students and faculty at work together and to find out more about the various projects in progress. Here are a few photos from her visit.

Dean Patton joins students and faculty trying out Venice Virtual World, a game that teaches players about historical Venetian architecture and art.

Dean Patton views Digital Athens historical GIS maps with Wired! fellows.

Joseph William, Professor Bruzelius, and Dean Patton discuss next Spring’s Introduction to Art History syllabus.

MFA student Alina Taalman demonstrates to Dean Patton some of her consulting work for Digital Athens.

Ting Lu and Professor Lanzoni discuss Venice Virtual World research documentation while Dean Patton hears about Digital Athens from PhD student Tim Shea.

A student shows Dean Patton and Professor Szabo work in progress on a new augmented reality project, part of Augmenting Urban Experiences.

MA+S Rendezvous: HCVIS Notes from the Field

December 4, 2014
Collision Space, A266, Bay 10, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse

We hope you can join us for a conversation with graduate students in Historical and Cultural Visualization Proseminar 1. The students will present their final projects, and we will discuss these in the context of questions addressed in the course.

Full schedule of the Fall 2014 MA+S Rendezvous.

Jordan Noyes: Ephemeral Art & Digital Exhibitions

November 19, 2014
Jordan Noyes

The Wired! Lab’s Master’s program in Historical & Cultural Visualization was begun this past August. We are excited to have three students participating. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting a profile of each student to highlight their academic interests and their studies in HCVIS.

Jordan Noyes, who graduated from Duke in 2014 with a BA in Art History, joined the MA program after engaging with several Wired! projects as an undergraduate. During her undergraduate studies, she was also involved in the Franklin Humanities Institute’s BorderWork(s) Lab and held two internships at the Nasher Museum of Art, first as an Education Intern and then as a Curatorial Intern. She now works in the Nasher’s Visitor Services.

Jordan studies both Classical Renaissance and contemporary art, with a particular interest in street art. For her senior thesis, she completed both a paper and a project that examine street art and graffiti on political border walls such as the Mexico-United States barrier, the Israeli West Bank barrier, and the Berlin Wall. In developing her research, Jordan highlighted the importance of understanding the artworks’ contexts, spatial signficance, inseparability from wall surfaces, audience perceptions, and political performativity. The project portion of her research, created using Omeka and Neatline, focuses in particular on the Berlin Wall from 1980-89. She will be advancing this research at the MA level, and we are looking forward to sharing her continued work in the future!

For Jordan, the MA in HCVIS provides a great opportunity to hone her skills and knowledge of both digital tools and art history. She notes that a working knowledge of digital humanities and its contributions to art history and museum studies will be useful to her in future research and employment. Jordan hopes to continue her research after this program, and is interested in working in a museum setting and in engaging public audiences in intellectual discussions about art history and visual culture.

UPDATE: Jordan now works as an Instructional Technologist at Muhlenberg College.

LIVESTREAM: Prof. Bruzelius at National Gallery of Art

November 21, 2014
Washington, DC
Caroline Bruzelius

Professor Caroline Bruzelius will be speaking at the 2014 Digital Art History Conference hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Check the CASVA website for details.

UPDATE: The conference will be livestreamed here. Program available here.


Modeling Time and Change in Venice: The Visualizing Venice Project

Visualization technologies are transforming the humanities and prompting new questions about the interpretation of historical documents. The Visualizing Venice initiative, which began in 2010, was prompted by the question of whether we could use visualization tools to model ongoing urban growth and change over time. We discovered that working with digital technologies prompted new kinds of questions about our archival data, stimulating different approaches to scholarly research. Visualizing Venice has become a public-facing digital humanities initiative that seeks to engage the public (residents, tourists, students) in ways that social, economic, religious, and technological changes (the railroad, for example) transform cities and their surrounding environments.

At the same time, and from the outset, Visualizing Venice has had a strong pedagogical component. We have created laboratories at Duke University and in Venice to train students to engage in scholarship through mapping and modeling technologies. We introduced courses and workshops from the undergraduate through the postdoctoral levels; at Duke the “”Wired!”” team has integrated visualization projects into introductory courses in art history and inaugurated a master’s program in cultural and historical visualization.

Digital Athens Receives Trent Foundation Award

November 13, 2014
Sheila Dillon

The Wired! Lab is excited to announce that the Digital Athens project has been awarded a Fall 2014 grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. The grant will contribute to travel expenses for sending an undergraduate working on the project to Athens for two weeks in summer 2015. The student will meet with the project’s Athenian collaborators in the Athenian Agora to address issues surrounding the building of the Digital Athens database and digital map. During this visit, the student will also gain crucial first-hand experience of the city and its archaeological remains. Visits to archaeological sites and other relevant cultural heritage sites throughout Athens will enhance the student’s understanding of advantages and limitations of working to describe physical objects in a virtual environment.

Duke Media Arts + Sciences Rendezvous

November 6, 2014
Collision Space, A266, Bay 10, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse

The Wired! lab undergraduate fellows will present the state of their research projects for Fall 2014. These projects involve undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and they intersect with one of two principal research initiatives ongoing within the lab: Digital Cities/Urban Histories and The Lives of Things.

Full schedule of the Fall 2014 MA+S Rendezvous.

UPDATE 11/07/2014: Images from the event!

Visualization Friday Forum: Augmented Humanities Practice

October 31, 2014
Victoria Szabo

This Friday, October 31st, Professor Victoria Szabo will be presenting on her recent uses of augment reality for humanities research projects. This event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students at Duke University and surrounding institutions. It will also be livestreamed at this link. More information about the Visualization Friday Forum series can be found here.


This paper explores the implications of location-based and marker-based augmented reality for creative digital humanities practice in the public sphere. I will focus on augmented reality systems as a way to place historical and cultural annotations in real-time dialogue with the lived experience of real-world spaces, places, and objects. I will show how digital heritage AR projects draw upon traditional approaches to annotating and representing urban places and built artifacts, as well as from contemporary digital mapping, multimedia production techniques, and virtual worlds and games. I’ll touch of each of these areas in turn as part of an investigation of this emergent “medium” of expression, drawing upon collaborative case-study projects focused in Venice, Italy; Durham, North Carolina; and Barcelona, Spain. I will also touch upon the concept of the augmented reality marker as a fluid site of annotation, and, in the wake of enhanced computer vision and ubiquitous computing, the implications for markerless annotation systems.

Wired! Approaches to Digital Scholarship

October 21, 2014
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Victoria Szabo, Kristin Lanzoni

Victoria Szabo and Kristin Huffman will be presenting at Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series. In their talk, they will be discussing the Wired! Lab’s approaches to art historical and cultural research and pedagogy through uses of visualization and other digital technologies.