Jordan Noyes: Ephemeral Art & Digital Exhibitions

November 19, 2014
Jordan Noyes

The Wired! Lab’s Master’s program in Historical & Cultural Visualization was begun this past August. We are excited to have three students participating. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting a profile of each student to highlight their academic interests and their studies in HCVIS.

Jordan Noyes, who graduated from Duke in 2014 with a BA in Art History, joined the MA program after engaging with several Wired! projects as an undergraduate. During her undergraduate studies, she was also involved in the Franklin Humanities Institute’s BorderWork(s) Lab and held two internships at the Nasher Museum of Art, first as an Education Intern and then as a Curatorial Intern. She now works in the Nasher’s Visitor Services.

Jordan studies both Classical Renaissance and contemporary art, with a particular interest in street art. For her senior thesis, she completed both a paper and a project that examine street art and graffiti on political border walls such as the Mexico-United States barrier, the Israeli West Bank barrier, and the Berlin Wall. In developing her research, Jordan highlighted the importance of understanding the artworks’ contexts, spatial signficance, inseparability from wall surfaces, audience perceptions, and political performativity. The project portion of her research, created using Omeka and Neatline, focuses in particular on the Berlin Wall from 1980-89. She will be advancing this research at the MA level, and we are looking forward to sharing her continued work in the future!

For Jordan, the MA in HCVIS provides a great opportunity to hone her skills and knowledge of both digital tools and art history. She notes that a working knowledge of digital humanities and its contributions to art history and museum studies will be useful to her in future research and employment. Jordan hopes to continue her research after this program, and is interested in working in a museum setting and in engaging public audiences in intellectual discussions about art history and visual culture.

UPDATE: Jordan now works as an Instructional Technologist at Muhlenberg College.

LIVESTREAM: Prof. Bruzelius at National Gallery of Art

November 21, 2014
Washington, DC
Caroline Bruzelius

Professor Caroline Bruzelius will be speaking at the 2014 Digital Art History Conference hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Check the CASVA website for details.

UPDATE: The conference will be livestreamed here. Program available here.


Modeling Time and Change in Venice: The Visualizing Venice Project

Visualization technologies are transforming the humanities and prompting new questions about the interpretation of historical documents. The Visualizing Venice initiative, which began in 2010, was prompted by the question of whether we could use visualization tools to model ongoing urban growth and change over time. We discovered that working with digital technologies prompted new kinds of questions about our archival data, stimulating different approaches to scholarly research. Visualizing Venice has become a public-facing digital humanities initiative that seeks to engage the public (residents, tourists, students) in ways that social, economic, religious, and technological changes (the railroad, for example) transform cities and their surrounding environments.

At the same time, and from the outset, Visualizing Venice has had a strong pedagogical component. We have created laboratories at Duke University and in Venice to train students to engage in scholarship through mapping and modeling technologies. We introduced courses and workshops from the undergraduate through the postdoctoral levels; at Duke the “”Wired!”” team has integrated visualization projects into introductory courses in art history and inaugurated a master’s program in cultural and historical visualization.

Digital Athens Receives Trent Foundation Award

November 13, 2014
Sheila Dillon

The Wired! Lab is excited to announce that the Digital Athens project has been awarded a Fall 2014 grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. The grant will contribute to travel expenses for sending an undergraduate working on the project to Athens for two weeks in summer 2015. The student will meet with the project’s Athenian collaborators in the Athenian Agora to address issues surrounding the building of the Digital Athens database and digital map. During this visit, the student will also gain crucial first-hand experience of the city and its archaeological remains. Visits to archaeological sites and other relevant cultural heritage sites throughout Athens will enhance the student’s understanding of advantages and limitations of working to describe physical objects in a virtual environment.

Duke Media Arts + Sciences Rendezvous

November 6, 2014
Collision Space, A266, Bay 10, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse


The Wired! lab undergraduate fellows will present the state of their research projects for Fall 2014. These projects involve undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and they intersect with one of two principal research initiatives ongoing within the lab: Digital Cities/Urban Histories and The Lives of Things.

Full schedule of the Fall 2014 MA+S Rendezvous.

UPDATE 11/07/2014: Images from the event!