Victoria Szabo

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I teach courses listed under Visual and Media Studies with Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS), an interdisciplinary Certificate program and research center. At the core of my teaching is engagement with digital media forms and their affordances, in theory and in practice, with special attention to spatial and database driven forms. As a literary Victorianist by training, I am also deeply interested in the genealogy of “new” media forms and their historical effects, and how those inheritances impact our current information and media landscape.

Most of my courses combine a critical/historical/theoretical component with hands-on digital project work. I also promote a “lab” model of digital media authorship, where individuals contribute to collaborative work as well as their own individual efforts. Sometimes those collaborations extend well beyond a single course or semester (see my Projects links for examples.)

  • 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.

  • Visualizing Venice Summer Workshops 2014

    The Visualizing Venice Summer Workshops for 2014 were focused on ‘The City and the Lagoon.’ We worked on-site for two weeks at Venice International University and the Venice environs.
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    Our students created videos and Neatline projects describing various aspects of that relationship. These are accessible on Vimeo and on our server.

    Fortifications in the Lagoon
    Lorenzo, Anna, Maria
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    Torcello Cathedral through the Centuries
    Christine, Erica, James, Kyle

    Isola La Certosa
    Heike, Rachel, Stephanie, Jason

    Neatline Exhibit

    Public Health in the Venice Lagoon
    Bianca, Haude, Michelle, Ali
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    Development of the Mose
    Jesse, Carlo, Chelsea

    MOSE from Media Arts + Sciences at Duke U on Vimeo.

    The 2013 projects on the Venetian Ghetto are also still available to view:

    http://omeka.visualizingvenice.org/

  • Teaching Spring 2014

    This Spring I taught two courses. The first, Media History: Old and New, is a favorite because I get to delve back into all sorts of historic media in the process of talking about cultural resonances between c. 19 exhibition culture and the contemporary digital context. The repeated utopian/dystopian narratives and supernatural reaches are definitely something I plan to pursue as themes in digital heritage projects going forward. I think they will work well in the next Psychasthenia Studio work too, which will involve the Tarot, among other things.

    The second course, the ISIS Certificate Capstone, is group project-based and exceptionally fun. This time we created a paper-based augmented reality tour of the campus. We are hoping to get the map in the hands of incoming and prospective students. I’m very excited that this could be a prototype for other “magic book” and “magic building” projects going forward. Maybe I can get things loaded effectively into Google Glass too!
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  • Teaching at VIU in Fall 2013

    I had a great time teaching at Venice International University. Amazing set of colleagues and students from around the world.  Plus, I took Italian!

    My courses were called “Digital Cities and the Cartographic Imagination” and “Foundations of Web-Based Multimedia Communications.” Check out the final student project demo video on Vimeo!

  • Fall 2013 Teaching

    In Fall 2013 I will be teaching at Venice International University in Venice, Italy. Please see the VIU site for details:

    http://www.univiu.org/shss/globalization-program/fall-2013-semester

  • Spring 2013 Teaching

    ISIS 495S: Research Capstone

    Senior-level course for students enrolled in the Information Science + Information Studies Undergraduate Certificate. The semester project will be announced soon!

    First meeting will be in Smith Warehouse Bay 12, Room 228, on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Subsequent meetings will take place in 228 and in the GreaterThanGames Lab in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4.

    MFAEDA 713: Computational Media Studio

    Hands-on course for students in the new MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. We’ll be looking at various methods for digital presentation of documentary and artistic materials including virtual worlds, tile displays, immersive environments, and physical installations.

    Meetings will take place in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 228 unless otherwise noted. First meeting will be Thursday, January 12, 2012.

  • Spring 2012 Teaching

    ISIS 200: Research Capstone

    Senior-level course for students enrolled in the Information Science + Information Studies Undergraduate Certificate. The semester project will be announced soon!

    First meeting will be in Smith Warehouse Bay 12, Room 228, on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Subsequent meetings will take place in 228 and in the GreaterThanGames Lab in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4.

    MFAEDA 313: Computational Media Studio

    Hands-on course for students in the new MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. We’ll be looking at various methods for digital presentation of documentary and artistic materials including virtual worlds, tile displays, immersive environments, and physical installations.

    Meetings will take place in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 228 unless otherwise noted. First meeting will be Thursday, January 12, 2012.

  • Fall 2011 Teaching

    ISIS 140/AMI 167/VMS 120 (R, ALP, QS)
    Foundations of Web-Based Multimedia Communication

    Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 228

    Introduction to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for beginners, along with basic multimedia production. Primarily a hands-on coding course, with additional materials on information and graphic design principles. Individual and group projects culminate in an individual hand-crafted informational website on a topic of the student’s choice.

    ISIS 260S/VMS 262S (STS, ALP, SS)
    Digital Places and Spaces: Digital Cities

    Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Room C104 (GreaterThanGames Lab)

    History, theory, criticism, practice of creating digital places and spaces with maps, virtual worlds, and games. Links to “old,” analog media. Virtual environment and world-building and historical narrative, museum, mapping, and architectural practices. Project-based seminar course w/ critical readings, historical and contemporary examples, world-building. Class exhibitions, critiques, and ongoing virtual showcase. Final projects combine theoretical/critical readings and a novel digital production.

    Independent Study Options for undergrads and grads also available in connection with ISIS and the GTG Lab projects (Digital Durham 3.0, multimedia project development, etc.)

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December 14th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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