Decomposing the Disciplines at Jacobs University

On November 9, 2018 I had the distinct pleasure of returning to Jacobs University  to present during a colloquium called “Bildung Beyond Boundaries, Part II: Beyond the Discipline. Academic Innovations and the Role of Inter and Trans Disciplinarity.” Duke has had a connection to Jacobs for number of years through the Visual Studies Initiative, and I have had the pleasure of serving on 3 PhD committees for students who were enrolled in the innovative VisComX PhD at Jacobs.  My talk was called “How to Decompose Disciplines Best: Project Based Learning with Visualizing Cities.” I really liked the play on “decompose” – which in US English might have a slightly different association than it did for this international audience.  As one does, I went back to the dictionary to think about decomposition in the form of a prism, which gave me an excellent opportunity to bring a rainbow into the conversation!  I was also interviewed for a podcast about the subject.  I really appreciate the international and committed community at Jacobs – a small place doing great things.

Contested Histories and Cultural Heritage at Ursinus College

At the invitation of Associate Dean Meredith Goldsmith, former FHI Fellow, I had the opportunity to visit Ursinus College in PA from October 30-31, where I spoke on “Contested Histories: Cultural Heritage and the Digital Archive” as well as conducted a workshop and got to meet a number of dedicated students.  I had a wonderful time getting to know the campus and the curriculum. As a SLAC grad myself, I retain a special love of the liberal arts college environment.

As a bonus, I got to meet Kara McShane, a fellow alum of the Robbins Library and the Camelot Project at the University of Rochester, who is now a faculty member there!  I credit Robbin Library curator and mentor, Arthurianist Alan Lupack, among others, with the opportunities to develop my digital interests in relation to the humanities way back in the 20th century! Though I’m no longer in an English Department myself, I continue to see a lot of digital innovation on both the teaching and research sides happening in them around the country.

“Origins + Journeys” Online exhibition debuts at SIGGRAPH 2018

This year the Digital Arts Community partnered with the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery to create an online exhibition, “Origins+Journeys,” that extends the conversation of the physical exhibition. I worked with curator Andres Burbano to create a call for proposals and the DAC team worked with the artists to create a juried online exhibition that could be viewed both from individual computers and from a kiosk set up in the Art Gallery itself.  Very excited about this connection and look forward to new ways of extending our Digital Arts community virtually!

Fall 2018 Teaching

This Fall I will be teaching two courses:

I will also continue the Digital Durham and NC Jukebox Bass Connections projects, focusing on the updating and development of our archives websites and derivative cultural heritage apps, as well as helping out on the related collaborative Building Duke project with the Wired Lab. I may take on a few students interested in working on these projects as part of an independent study or as volunteers, with an emphasis on archival research and development of digital assets.

Wrap-Up of the DAH Venice 2018 Summer Institute

We just finished up the Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D Geospatial Networks Institute in Venice! Sponsored by the Getty Foundation and undertaken in collaboration with the University of Padua and Venice International University, we came together to talk about how DAH advances both Art History and transforms it. What an amazing group of collaborators – I’m thrilled to be able to continue to work with them over the course of the next year.

The Wired Lab captured our Tweets during the Institute and we’ll be posting blog updates and reflections from our participants soon. The whole experience was truly energizing and exciting!

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Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory

My essay, “Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory,” written for the Routledge Companion to Media Studies and the Digital Humanities, edited by the heroic Jentery Sayers, is now out. Truly in exalted company! If only it weren’t quite so expensive – at least there is a semi-affordable e-version. I can’t wait to dig into everyone’s contributions.