3D Design & Programming in Art & Medicine

Spring 2014

VMS 590S/ECE 590

Mark Olson, Mariano Tepper

W 1:25 pm-3:55 pm Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

This co-taught course (AAVHS and Electrical/Computer Engineering) will pair engineers and computer scientists with students from history, media studies and other humanities disciplines to create gesture-based interactive displays that will actively engage the public with art. The goal of the course is to design interactive digital displays for an exhibition of the medieval collection (Brummer Collection) of the Nasher Museum in 2015.

3D Modeling & Animation

Spring 2014


Raquel Salvatella de Prada

WF 10:05-11:20 am Smith Warehouse 228

This course introduces the basic concepts of 3D modeling and animation using 3D software Autodesk Maya. Preliminary sketches, concepts and designs precede every project. Polygon and Nurbs modeling, texture mapping, lighting, and rendering are covered as well as 3D printing and animation. Animations skills are strengthened by the study of motion and traditional animation techniques. A final project allows students to experiment and creatively combine the acquired skills.

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Athens

ARTHIST 208 | CLST 248

Sheila Dillon

Nikos Gkiokas

MW 11:45am - 1:00pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 11, Rm A233, Wired! Lab

Athens was one of the great cities of antiquity.  As the place in which democracy, philosophy, and the theater were born, it is foundational for understanding much of the development of the western world. With its unusually rich surviving material and literary record, it forms an ideal setting in which to explore relationships of ancient to modern, landscape to built-scape, material to literary record amongst others.  This course, team-taught by professors at both Duke University and The American College of Greece-Deree, will use the Classical through Roman visible physical remains of Athens as a focus to explore the changing face of the city through in-class and cross-continent reading and debate, digital creation and on-site exploration.  Teamwork between students in Greece and the US will be a major component of the course. Students will learn to manage and present information with Omeka and Neatline. NB: The course includes a mandatory, full-funded trip to Athens during Spring Break. The enrollment cap is therefore set to 10. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, and to those students interested in learning digital visualization tools. Students on site, spring break 2017:                

The Archaeology of Ancient Britain

Spring 2013

VMS 290S

Rebecca Bennett

This course will take you on a journey through the development of human society and culture in the British Isles before written records began. From the first migratory hunters to the Roman conquest, we will examine the key themes of settlement and society of ancient communities through an exploration of the tools and techniques available to archaeologists. Students will have the opportunity to hone their detective skills, piecing together various forms of evidence into cogent stories of the past using various Wired! technologies including GIS, GoogleEarth and Sketch-up. Students will demonstrate their understanding by drawing on digital archives and materials to re-interpret an archaeological investigation of their choice in an innovative and engaging way.

Art in Renaissance Italy

Spring 2016

ARTHIST 255-01 | MEDREN 225-01 | ITALIAN 386-01

Kristin Huffman Lanzoni

Iara Dundas, TA

MW 1:25-2:40pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 9 2nd Floor, Rm A290

This course focuses on the art and culture of Renaissance Italy, beginning in the early 15th century with the groundbreaking sculpture of Ghiberti and Donatello and concluding at the end of the 16th century with the monumental projects of urban renewal in Rome. The class considers a range of artists, some well known such as Michelangelo and Titian, others less studied but who also made significant contributions to the period. An understanding of emerging Renaissance artistic ideals and a modern attitude to art is central to the subject; additionally, this class seeks to develop an awareness of the many ways in which Renaissance spectators experienced art and architecture. By opening up the Renaissance to varied perceptions and interpretative frameworks, this class moves beyond common generalizations of Renaissance individualism or Renaissance rebirth. To do this, a range of topics and issues will be explored that include important, yet at times overlooked themes in a survey course: public versus private display, “high and low” art (painting, sculpture, architecture vs. textiles, glass, ceramics, furniture), visual imagery used both to promote and subvert politically driven propaganda, foreign communities and foreign artists, women as both patrons and practitioners, centers and peripheries (cosmopolitan versus “provincial” art).

Art & Archaeology of Ancient Athens

Spring 2014


Sheila Dillon

W 10:05am-12:35pm Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

Using digital visualization techniques and on-site exploration, this course deep maps the diachronic history of the city of Athens through antiquity. It is a team-taught course between DEREE-American College of Greece and Duke University.

View a student project from this course: Commercial Architecture in the Athenian Agora and Port Cities.

Building Duke: An Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to Today

Spring 2019


Sara Galletti

TU-TH 3:05-5:35pm | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233)

Building Duke is a research seminar and laboratory on the architectural history of Duke Campus based on original archival materials (photos, blueprints, contracts, letters, and financial records) preserved in Duke Library collections. The course explores the variety of interpretative lenses in the field of architecture history, including (but not limited to) issues of style, patronage, labor, gender, and race. It analyzes notions of cultural identity as construed by Duke founders and administrators and as imprinted on Duke Campus by its architects and landscape designers. The students will produce original research projects based on primary materials and digital visualizations of changes in the physical fabric of Duke Campus through time. Image Credit: Duke University Archives


Hannah Jacobs


Building Duke

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Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Spring 2014


Sara Galletti

TH 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Lab 1:25-3:55 pm Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

The course explores the architecture of the French chateau from the time of Charles VIII (1483–98) to the time of Henri III (1574–89) in its relationship to the social structure of the court, to the political and economic environments of late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, as well as in the context of warfare and territorial conquest at both the regional and national level.

Critical Making/Digital Humanities

Fall 2013


Mark Olson, Robert Allen (UNC-CH), Matthew Booker (NCSU)

A renewed interest in materiality and “things” in contemporary humanistic discourse coincides with the growth of computer-based scholarly practices organized under the “big tent” of digital humanities. This course aims to explore the intersection of materiality and digitality in the humanities through a sustained practice of “critical making,” that is, hands-on exploration of new methods of mapping, modeling and visualizing historical material culture undertaken alongside critical contextualizations of these practices. Technologies include 3D modeling and acquisition, geospatial mapping, interactive game platforms, desktop fabrication, and gesture-based interfaces.

No previous technical experience is required; a willingness to learn, however, is essential.

For more information and/or a permission #, contact Mark Olson – mark.olson@duke.edu.

*On alternate Tuesdays, course participants will meet jointly at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park with students enrolled in digital humanities courses being taught at UNC-CH (by Prof. Robert Allen) and NCSU (by Professor Matthew Booker).

Digital Cities

Fall 2014

ISIS 380S/VMSS 380s

Victoria Szabo

Tu 1:25pm-3:55pm The Wired! Lab

This interdisciplinary course combines theoretical and practical approaches to digital places and spaces as an emerging new media form, with a special focus on digital cities as sites of contemporary and historical representation and influence. It is a “hybrid” course in the sense that it combines a discussion seminar with lab-based exercises. Major assignments combine written and digital media authoring components. No technical experience is assumed, but it will be important to work hands-on inside and outside class.

Digital Cities are defined here as digital representations of urban spaces that serve to inform, engage, and/or influence the user who interacts with them. These might include, for example, web-based mapping and annotation projects in Google Earth or other online mapping systems, interactive information graphics focused on statical data and other information about a city and its inhabitants, and GPS-based systems designed for real-time navigation within an urban environment. Digital city annotations within these contexts might focus on historical data, architectural or urban history, the lives of individuals and communities within city spaces, artistic and scientific communities who operated within its bounds, and representations of change over time, networks of association, and other data products of urban analysis.

Over the course of the semester we will not only examine various historical and creative map-based digital city projects, but also create our own. Using Durham as our “lab” and possibility space for workshop exerdcises, we will work with Global Information System (GIS) data, web-based digital mapping and annotation systems, and augmented reality authoring environments to create digital city projects based on existing materials and our own original research.  Student projects may choose to focus on Durham or on another city of your choice.