Historical & Cultural Visualization Proseminar 1

Fall 2020 | Fall 2019 | Fall 2018 | Fall 2017 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2015 | Fall 2014

ARTHIST 580S-01 | HCVIS 580S-01 | ISS 580S-01 | VMS 580S-01

Victoria Szabo & Hannah Jacobs

W 3:05PM - 5:35PM | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233)

Overview of topics in digital humanities and computational media, with special attention to visual media. Studies of critical digital heritage, virtuality and culture, information aesthetics, information design, digital storytelling. Interactivity and online content management through databases, collaborative blogs, and online archives. Data visualization and mapping based on textual, image, and quantitative sources. Mini-projects based on existing and new research data from existing projects in the Wired! Lab, the CMAC labs, and other sources. Best practices for digital research project planning and collaboration. Instructor consent required.

This course is a core part of the MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media.

Mapping History with GIS

Fall 2020 |Spring 2020 | Fall 2018 | Fall 2017

ISS 315-01/715-01 | VMS 304-01 | ARTHIST 315-01

Edward Triplett

M 10:05AM - 12:35PM | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 12, Rm A228)

This is a beginner/intermediate Geographic Information System (GIS) course designed to help students design maps and spatial diagrams of historical subjects. The class emphasizes perspectives, procedures, and tools that are relevant to art and architectural history, but students will also learn that most spatial methods are inter-disciplinary. Although geared toward art history, students from any discipline are welcome. This course is designed as a hybrid lecture/lab format in which direct instruction is supplemented by hands on learning labs using ArcGIS software and real-world spatial data. The main skills students will gain are:

· Integration of spatial and tabular data
· Geoprocessing
· Data visualization
· Creating features
· Editing Features
· Vector and Raster Integration
· Spatial Analysis
· Georeferencing

Course Attributes:

(STS) Science, Technology, and Society
Cross-listed in another department
(CZ) Civilizations

Gothic Cathedrals

Spring 2021 | Fall 2020 | Fall 2018 | Fall 2017 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2015 | Fall 2014 | Fall 2012

ARTHIST 225-01 & 225-01L | MEDREN 215-01

Edward Triplett

TTh 8:30-9:45AM Online

This course introduces students to the history and design of cathedrals and monasteries in medieval Europe. Themes include the development of Gothic architecture from Romanesque foundations in France, the importance of fractions and Euclidean geometry for medieval architects, and the material and financial costs of monumental construction projects during the middle ages. In addition to lectures and discussion, students will design a counterfactual monastery or cathedral using 3D graphics software as part of a final project. In-class tutorials will teach students how to draw plans, elevations and sections of churches and monastic buildings and how to build 3D models from these drawings.

Course Attributes:

(CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry
(R) Research
Cross-listed in another department
(ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance
(CZ) Civilizations

This course was formerly offered by Professor Emerita Caroline Bruzelius. In Fall 2018, it was offered as a First Year Seminar under the name “Medieval Monasteries & Cathedrals.”


Projects

Cathedral of Saint Susanne

Splendor of Renaissance Venice

Fall 2017

ARTHIST 290 | MEDREN 390-01 | ITALIAN 390-02 | VMS 290-01

Kristin L. Huffman

TTh 11:45am-1:00pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A266

Residents of Venice, both individually and collectively, fashioned an image of the city as unprecedented and exceptional, accomplishing this in great part through art and architecture.  Venice was indeed unique— a city built on water— and sponsors commissioned monuments as a way to promote the city as unparalleled in beauty, splendor, and glory. The thriving metropolis and the possibility for work attracted some of the most important artists practicing in the Renaissance, such as Titian and Jacopo Sansovino. By considering a range of artistic patrons and their art commissions and a number of the most famous artists, this course will offer a broad picture of Renaissance Venice, its art, and society. A Wired! class, the semester-research project will include a digital visualization.

Image Credit: Vittore Carpaccio, Meeting of the Betrothed from the Cycle of the Life of St. Ursula, 1490-96. Tempera on canvas. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice. http://www.wga.hu.

Visualizing Cultures

Fall 2017

VMS 490S | DOCST 490S | AMES 490S

Ellen Sebring

Th 1:25-3:55pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, A290

What is image-based storytelling? How can history be done through images? What are design guidelines for digital visual narratives? Cartoons, photographs, prints, illustrated news, ads, postcards. Modern Asia & the world in digital image-driven history. Work in a flipped classroom in teams. Develop image-based presentations from historical sources. Guided by media theorist & designer of MIT Visualizing Cultures. visualizingcultures.mit.edu | sebring[at]mit[dot]edu.