Immersive Virtual Worlds

Spring 2020

ISS | VMS 270S

Augustus Wendell

W 10:05am-12:35pm | Perkins LINK 072 (Classroom 6)

Theory, practice, and creation of 3D virtual worlds. Hands-on design and development of online collaborative simulation environments. Introduction to graphics workflow for creating virtual world media assets. Critical exploration of state-of-the-art virtual world technologies; 3D graphics, chat, voice, video, and mixed reality systems. Topics include: history/culture of virtual worlds, identity and avatars; behavioral norms; self-organizing cultures; user-generated content, virtual world economies; architectural scalability.

Course Attributes:

Seminar
(STS) Science, Technology, and Society

Art & Archaeology of Ancient Athens

Spring 2020 | Spring 2014

ARTHIST 208 | CLST 248-01

 

Timothy Shea

TTh 8:30-9:45am | Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, A290

Monuments, archaeology, art, and topography of ancient Athens from the Archaic to the Roman period. Examination of the physical remains of the city and countryside to trace the development of one of the most important city-states in the Greek world and to understand its impact on western civilization. Case study in understanding the role of archaeology in reconstructing the life and culture of the Athenians.

Instructor Consent Required

Class Attributes:

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

View a previous student project from this course: Commercial Architecture in the Athenian Agora and Port Cities.


Courses

The Art & Archeaology of Ancient Athens

Building Duke: An Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to Today

Spring 2020 | Spring 2019

ARTHIST 504SL | HCVIS 504SL

Kristin Huffman, Hannah Jacobs

Tu-Th 3:05-5:35pm | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233)

Building Duke is a research seminar and laboratory on the architectural history of Duke Campus based on original archival materials (photos, blueprints, contracts, letters, and financial records) preserved in Duke Library collections. The course explores the variety of interpretative lenses in the field of architecture history, including (but not limited to) issues of style, patronage, labor, gender, and race. It analyzes notions of cultural identity as construed by Duke founders and administrators and as imprinted on Duke Campus by its architects and landscape designers. The students will produce original research projects based on primary materials and digital visualizations of changes in the physical fabric of Duke Campus through time.

Codes: Seminar, ALP, R

 

Image Credit: Duke University Archives


Collaborators

Brittany Forniotis

Kayla Marr

Daphne Turan

Jacqui Geerdes


Projects

Building Duke


News & Events

Building Duke Becomes Bass Connections Project Team

Digital Durham

Spring 2020 | Spring 2018

ISS 356S/758S | VMS 358S | EDUC 356S | HISTORY 382S-01

Trudi Abel, Victoria Szabo

T 1:40-4:10pm | Rubenstein 350

The Digital Durham seminar is based on the idea that understanding the
past is a civic virtue. The course fosters awareness of the complexity
of Durham communities, including the interconnections of the white and
African-American communities in the past. The project lays bare
Durham’s experience of industrialization, immigration, segregation,
and urbanization and demonstrates how that history shapes the present
and the future. Students will engage with a broad array of primary
sources in the Rubenstein Library including maps, photographs, census
data and handwritten letters from the nineteenth century–and digital
tools which they will use to share and interpret historical documents.

Course Attributes:

Seminar
(R) Research
(STS) Science, Technology, and Society
(W) Writing
Cross-listed in another department
(ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance

This course was part of a Bass Connections 2017-18 project.

Image Credit


Projects

Digital Durham

Historical & Cultural Visualization Proseminar 2

Spring 2020 | Spring 2018 | Spring 2017 | Spring 2015

HCVIS 581S-01 | ARTHIST 581S-01 | CMAC 581S-01 | VMS 581S-01 | ISIS 581S-01

Augustus Wendell

TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM | Tu in Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233) | Th in Smith, Bay 12, A228

Interactivity and online content management with 2D and 3D imaging and interactive systems.  Mini-projects based on existing and new research data from the Wired! Lab and elsewhere. Best practices for digital research project planning and collaboration. Theoretical topics include: critical digital heritage, virtuality and culture, information aesthetics, hypermedia information design.

Proseminar 1 is not a prerequisite. This course is required for all MA in Digital Art History/Computational students.

Undergraduates:

Instructor consent required.

Attributes:

Seminar
(STS) Science, Technology, and Society
Cross-listed in another department
(ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance


Courses

Historical & Cultural Visualization Proseminar on Models: History, Theory & Digital Practice

Mapping History with GIS

Fall 2020 |Spring 2020 | Fall 2018 | Fall 2017

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

Timothy D Shea

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

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 3:05-4:20pm | Link Classroom 6 (Game Lab)

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

Visual Culture of Venice

Fall 2020 | Spring 2020 | Spring 2019 | Spring 2018

ARTHIST | VMS 89S

Kristin Huffman

W 11:45AM - 2:15PM | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233)

Venice was one of the wealthiest and most powerful states in the Early Modern world (1450-1600). A city whose curved urban form seemingly floated on water, it was experienced, lived, and navigated unlike any in the world. This Wired! course entails an extensive analysis of the urban and natural topography of Venice in the Early Modern period, and it investigates the artistic commissions that made the city into one of the most admired and well-visited destinations in the world. The research component of the course will be a consideration of Venice as it appeared through the eyes of the early modern tourist, or foreign visitor to the city with visual itineraries that may be shared with a larger academic community. The course assumes no prior art historical or digital experience; students will be provided with the background necessary to understand the art and architectural history of early modern Venice, and the skills required for the digital technology.

Prereq: First year, First year with exception or Transfer students only

Class Attributes: Seminar, Topics Course