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.

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.

Wired! in Duke Today

Duke Today has published an article on the Wired! Lab’s latest activities. Read the article here.

Photo collage courtesy of Duke Today.

Media Arts & Sciences Rendez-Vous: Undergraduate Research in the Wired! Lab

April 3, 2014
Room 266, Bay 10, Smith Warehouse

Sheila Dillon, Kristin Lanzoni, Mark Olson, Nicola Lercari, Sarah Goetz

This week’s Rendez-Vous will showcase our Humanities Writ Large undergraduate fellows’ contributions to art historical digital research projects in the Wired! Lab. Students will discuss their work on three projects that began in Fall 2013: Death, Burial, and Commemoration in Athens (led by Prof. Sheila Dillon); the Operating Archives (Prof. Mark Olson); and the Visualizing Venice Game (Post Doctoral Associates Kristin Lanzoni & Nicola Lercari). The purpose is to show the coordination of undergraduate student research with longer term faculty research initiatives in Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

The MA&S Rendez-Vous is an informal “works-in-progress” weekly meeting which all members of the Duke community interested in Media Arts & Sciences are invited to attend.

The Rendez-Vous’s goal is to create a community through:

  • Meeting face-to-face with other people who are interested in Media Arts + Sciences
  • Sharing ideas / methods / resources
  • Learning about the projects we’re all working on
  • Socializing and getting to know each other better

For the Rendez-Vous schedule, including full information on this week’s Wired! undergraduate showcase, see their site.

Renaissance Society of America 2014

March 27, 2014 — March 29, 2014
New York, NY
Caroline Bruzelius, Iara Dundas, Kristin Lanzoni

The Wired! group will be well-represented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New York this March.

Professor Caroline Bruzelius will present a paper entitled “Visualizing Venice: Mapping the Renaissance City” as part of the panel “Digital Florence and Venice III: Structures and Senses.” Prof. Bruzelius’s talk is scheduled on Thursday, March 27th from 1:15 to 2:45.

Post Doctoral Associate Kristin Lanzoni and AAHVS PhD student Iara Dundas will co-present a paper on their collaborative research on the church of San Geminiano. Sara Galletti will also present her work on Philibert Delorme.

More information on the conference is available at the RSA’s website.

Modern Language Association: Panel on Evaluating Digital Scholarship

January 11, 2014
Chicago, IL
Victoria Szabo

Associate Research Professor Victoria Szabo chaired a panel at the 2014 Modern Languages Association Conference in Chicago entitled “Evaluating Digital Scholarship: Candidate Success Stories.” Professor Szabo’s panel addressed the following:

In an electronic roundtable, candidates from various institutions and backgrounds share work and describe successful navigation of appointment, tenure, and promotion. MLA guidelines on evaluating digital scholarship serve as context. Discussion of how shifting definitions of academic success may include interdisciplinary collaboration, public engagement, hybrid teaching/research, alt-ac.

For more information, see the MLA Conference Program and the panel’s blog at MLA Commons.

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon Projects

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon

June 3, 2014 — June 13, 2014
Venice International University, Venice Italy
Caterina Balletti, Università Iuav di Venezia; Isabella di Lenardo, Università Iuav di Venezia; Victoria Szabo, Duke University


View the 2014 workshop projects.

10-24-2014 – Read one student’s reflections on her experience.


What is it about?
This course will teach a range of digital skills in 3D modeling, visualization, and mapping technologies to enable participants to engage historical questions with emerging digital tools. As in the previous editions of the workshop, the technologies will be taught through the use of a theme: in 2014 the focus will be on Venice and its islands. Participants will use the city and the lagoon as a “laboratory” through which to examine questions such as change over time and dynamic process in urban and rural environments, showing how man-made spaces respond to social and economic process and transformation.
The aim of the workshop is to train scholars in how new technologies can be integrated with the study of historical and material culture. The workshop will focus on a range of visualization tools that can be used in a wide variety of research areas, in particular modeling change over time in urban space and the production of maps and low-cost photogrammetry.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn historical visualization and representation technologies through collaborative authorship of final multimedia projects completed over the course of the 10-day workshop session:
– Overview of historical contents (front lessons – site visits)
– Image processing (hands on session)
– Photogrammetry; Laser Scanning (hands on session)
– Georeferencing of historical maps (hands on session)
– Data Visualization and Presentation (hands on session)
– 3D Modelling (hands on session)
– Augmented Reality (hands on session)

You will develop basic skills in: Photoshop, Photoscan, Pointools, ArcGIS, Audio editing with Audacity, Video editing with iMovie, Data Visualization with Fusion Tables, Interactive Virtual Worlds with OpenSim, Augmented Reality with BuildAR, Mobile Apps with Map2App.

Who can apply?
The workshop is designed for participants at the Master’s, Ph.D- of Post doctoral level in Interpretive Humanities (including Cultural Patrimony, History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism, History, Geography, Architecture, Archaeology, and other relevant disciplines).
Instruction will be in English of which participants must have an adequate working knowledge.
Maximum number of students: 16

Program structure
The course duration is 10 days. Students will attend classes in the Digital Lab 5 days per week and will participate in one field trip (on Saturday) in the Venice Lagoon. Participants should expect to be engaged full time in these ten days.

An official Duke University/Iuav University/Venice International University joint Certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees are 1,000 euro+VAT.
Successful candidates will receive information about modes of payment once admitted to the program. Scholarships may become available in the late Spring in order to support tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.

Duration and Period
10 days, June 3 – 13, 2014

San Servolo island, Venice, Italy

Contacts and info:
Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo
30100 Venice
T +39 041 2719511
F +39 041 2719510

For more information: