Visualization Friday Forum: Augmented Humanities Practice

October 31, 2014
D106 LSRC

12:00pm-1:00pm
Victoria Szabo

This Friday, October 31st, Professor Victoria Szabo will be presenting on her recent uses of augment reality for humanities research projects. This event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students at Duke University and surrounding institutions. It will also be livestreamed at this link. More information about the Visualization Friday Forum series can be found here.

Abstract:

This paper explores the implications of location-based and marker-based augmented reality for creative digital humanities practice in the public sphere. I will focus on augmented reality systems as a way to place historical and cultural annotations in real-time dialogue with the lived experience of real-world spaces, places, and objects. I will show how digital heritage AR projects draw upon traditional approaches to annotating and representing urban places and built artifacts, as well as from contemporary digital mapping, multimedia production techniques, and virtual worlds and games. I’ll touch of each of these areas in turn as part of an investigation of this emergent “medium” of expression, drawing upon collaborative case-study projects focused in Venice, Italy; Durham, North Carolina; and Barcelona, Spain. I will also touch upon the concept of the augmented reality marker as a fluid site of annotation, and, in the wake of enhanced computer vision and ubiquitous computing, the implications for markerless annotation systems.

Wired! Approaches to Digital Scholarship

October 21, 2014
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2:30pm
Victoria Szabo, Kristin Lanzoni

Victoria Szabo and Kristin Lanzoni will be presenting at Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series. In their talk, they will be discussing the Wired! Lab’s approaches to art historical and cultural research and pedagogy through uses of visualization and other digital technologies.

Augmented Humanities Practice

October 9, 2014 — October 12, 2014
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Victoria Szabo

At the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Professor Victoria Szabo will be discussing “augmented reality systems as a way to place historical and cultural annotations in dialog with real-world spaces on the one hand, and with historic and/or critical texts on the other.” She will be offering as case studies Wired! Lab research on Venice, Italy, and Durham, North Carolina. The complete conference schedule can be viewed here.

Abstract:
This paper explores the implications of location-based and marker-based augmented reality for digital humanities practice, focusing on augmented reality systems as a way to place historical and cultural annotations in dialog with real-world spaces on the one hand, and with historic and/or critical texts on the other. Working from case studies in art and cultural history in Venice, Italy and Durham, NC, the paper will draw upon the idea of the hypermedia archive as activated in the context of user experience of space, both physical and virtual, via technologies of location and viewing customized to the spatio-temporal moment of interaction. Reflecting upon notions of hypermedia access as imagined by Vannevar Bush, JCR Licklider, Ted Nelson, Douglas Englebardt, Bill Aitkenson and their successors, as well by digital archivists, multimodal art installations, psychogeographic practictioners, and alternate-reality gamers, this paper suggests that the annotation of physical and virtual space through augmented reality technologies offers a step forward toward the goal of reproducible, yet open-ended, trails of association, to be understood not only in terms of the text or image on the page or screen, but also the surface of the material world itself, and back again.

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon Projects