Victoria Szabo

Wired! Lab and Digital Heritage

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The Wired! Lab for digital historical visualization and reconstruction projects grew out of courses taught in Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Classics. A core group are exploring the use of 3D modeling, mapping, and other technologies to reconstruct architectural sites, demonstrate change over time, and contextualize historical objects in space. My focus in the lab is on the various technologies of representation we are using to create our virtual artifacts, with special attention to database, mapping, and the use of virtual environments to create annotated models in context. I am part of the Visualizing Venice team, and also bringing in aspects of the Digital Durham 3.0 and Crystal Palace projects into the Lab as case studies and potential future course and/or workshop focii.

Incidentally, we teach workshops on the various Google products – Sketchup, Earth etc. – targeted at humanities scholars interested in change over time. Watch the Wired! site for information about upcoming activities.

More on the Wired! Lab

  • SLSA 2014

    I gave a paper called “Augmented Humanities Practice: the Fluid Site of Annotation” at SLSA in Dallas, October 9-12, 2014. It was great to see all those watery metaphors activated across the various panels!

  • Fall 2014 Teaching

    This Fall I’m teaching two fun courses. The first, “Digital Cities and the Cartographic Imagination,” is something I taught last year in Venice. It feels rich and luxurious to have all these local resources at our disposal to make Durham our “lab” once again for the hands-on bits. Venice is fantastic, but so is having direct access to Rubenstein’s archival materials, and my terrific colleagues in the Data and Visualization Services lab as we work through the details. Also very nice to have access to my personal library again too as I tweak the readings.

    That is even more true for my new adventure – teaching Proseminar 1 for our new Wired! Lab MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization! This course is very hands-on, and we’ll be using “live” datasets from Durham, Venice, other Wired! Lab projects, and I hope the students themselves. This all-grad course has a mix of MA students and people from various other humanities disciplines, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we come up with together this semester…including those magic AR books and buildings I was so excited about in the Spring.

  • Padua/Padova June 2014

    I spent a couple of days in Padua between sessions of the Visualizing Venice workshops back in June, giving talks with the ever-inspiring Caroline Bruzelius on “The lives of places and cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present.” Saw fantastic colleagues and met students in the crossover architectural history/engineering courses being taught there. Also gave my decidedly limited Italian a workout trying to follow student presentations!












    Perhaps even more excitingly, I got to see the ancient “Goethe” tree at the Padova Botanical Gardens. Amazing!!

  • Digital Heritage International Congress 2013

    Tim Senior, Florian Wiencek and I did a short paper describing our experiences with the Digital Cities course co-located between Duke and Jacobs University in Germany. Tim is going to deliver it for us at the Digital Heritage International Congress 2013 in Marseille. Sadly, I need to be back in the states at that exact time so cannot go! Still, I’m happy we were able to spread the word. The paper, “Digital Cities: A Collaborative Engagement with Digital Heritage,” is available from IEEE.

Written by Victoria Szabo

December 15th, 2011 at 9:38 am

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