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A Symposium on de’ Barbari’s Marvelous View of Venice

October 12, 2017 — October 13, 2017
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University

The symposium, “Stories about Venice and de’ Barbari’s Marvelous View of 1500,” will be held Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in conjunction with the Nasher exhibition, “A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’Barbari’s View of 1500,” curated by Kristin L. Huffman, Instructor of Art History in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. The project, part of the Visualizing Venice initiative,
is the result of multi-disciplinary and collaborative research developed over three years in the Wired! Lab at Duke.

Printed in 1500, this mural-sized woodcut portrays a bird’s eye view of the city that was instantly recognized as a technological and artistic masterpiece, a portrait of an urban marvel. For the first time, this exhibition animates the View of Venice with interactive displays that tell the stories of one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and greatly admired cities in the early modern world.

The symposium brings together experts on Early Modern Venice who will discuss de’ Barbari and his View of 1500, as well as the city of Venice and its urban and socio-cultural phenomenon at the time.

This symposium is free and open to the public and is made possible by with the generous support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Wired! Lab, and Visualizing Venice.


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From Point Cloud to Projection Mapping: MA Student Ruby Hung’s Summer Research

August 29, 2017

**UPDATE 05/25/2018: Learn more about Ruby’s project and see the final animation.**

In 2016, Ed Triplett gathered a group of photogrammetry-curious students, staff, and faculty to crowdsource a model of the interior of Duke’s newly renovated chapel. The project served as a training exercise for professionals and researchers seeking to learn photogrammetry techniques for both technical and humanistic endeavors–and in this 8 million point cloud model of Duke Chapel.

Now MA in Digital Art History student Ruby Hung is building her thesis out of this model as she develops a proposal for an exhibition to be viewed in the chapel’s vaulted ceiling. The proposed exhibition would be presented through projection mapping, a type of light projection that matches visual media, both image and video, to the contours of three dimensional surfaces. The project’s goals include exploring the challenge of prototyping a projection mapping project using 3D printed models, creating a medium-specific historical narrative about the chapel, and developing an exhibition that engages in a scholarly dialogue with previously documented projection mapping exhibitions in sacred spaces.

A point cloud, a collection of spatially located points created using thousands of photographs, is converted to a mesh–a 3D model formed of many triangles.

Hung spent her summer developing a 3D printed prototype of the chapel’s transept vault using a combination of Autodesk’s modeling programs Meshmixer, Fusion360, and 3D Studio Max. She has worked in consultation with Professors Mark Olson and Ed Triplett, as well as with students and staff at the Colab, to create the scaled model with which she will develop her projection mapping prototype this fall.

The mesh is prepared for printing. Hung divided the transept into 4 sections for printing.

Through this projection mapping, Hung will tell the story of the design and construction of the chapel, bringing to light the work of Julian Abele through historical materials held in the University Archives.

Two models after successful printing in the Colab.




A Portrait of Venice Opens at the Nasher Museum of Art

September 7, 2017 — December 31, 2017
Nasher Museum of Art | Duke University

“A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500” opens at the Nasher Museum of Art September 7, 2017. Curated by Kristin L. Huffman, this exhibition is a research project that was developed in the Wired! Lab at Duke. The mural-sized first state woodcut print, on loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is the gateway to a world of knowledge about Renaissance Venice and its place on the global stage. Huffman and a team of select students, multi-media analysts, and a postdoc at Duke, in collaboration with Visualizing Venice scholars at the University of Padua and the Correr Museum in Venice, developed seven interactive digital displays that connect the View to the origins of printmaking, the dissemination of knowledge in Early Modern Europe, principal sites in Venice, hidden treasures, and the city as a tourist destination for the 500 years since the time of de’ Barbari’s View. The exhibition will be on display through December 31, 2017. More information about the exhibition and about visiting the Nasher are available here.

Back to School: Brush Up On Your Digital Methods

August 24, 2018
Hannah L. Jacobs

Whether you’re a student, staff or faculty member, there are many opportunities to brush up your digital skill set this fall at Duke. Topics range from Microsoft Office to command line to HTML to 3D printing to data visualization and everywhere in between. Here are some workshop series you’ll want to check out:

Data & Visualization Services

Digital Scholarship Services

Events at The Edge

Innovation Co-Lab roots/ Series

Social Science Research Institute

OIT Training Seminars