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Duke’s Spring Digital Workshops

January 12, 2016

Whether you’re a student, staff or faculty member, there are many opportunities to brush up your digital skill set this spring at Duke. Topics range from Microsoft Office to command line to HTML to 3D printing to data visualization and everywhere in between. Here are some workshop series you’ll want to check out:

Tools for Digital Scholarship & Teaching in Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Data & Visualization Services

Events at The Edge

Innovation Co-Lab roots/ Series

Research Computing

OIT Training

Henrietta Miers: Mapping Venetian Ceiling Paintings

December 16, 2015

Henrietta Miers

The Wired! Lab’s Master’s program in Historical & Cultural Visualization was begun in August 2014. Three students recently completed the program.


Tell us a little about yourself.

I am from Bronxville, New York, a one square mile town where I attended Bronxville High School. In 2010, I attended Princeton University and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Art History. I wrote my senior thesis on the art of the British Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare. At Duke, I wrote my MA thesis on sixteenth-century ceiling paintings in Venetian churches at a time of religious reform. I created an extensive database of 17 ceiling cycles consisting of two collections, about 350 items, 3 interactive maps, and 3 exhibitions. After graduation, I hope to work in a museum position and eventually get my Ph.D. in Art History.

Why did you choose to attend the MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization program?

First, I explored the projects the Wired! lab was working on, especially Visualizing Venice, and thought it would be great to work on the project and eventually write my thesis on a Venetian topic. Second, the idea of learning about how to digitize art history made me want to be part of the program because art history is constantly changing, and it is exceptionally useful to know how to utilize digital tools and programs such as SketchUp and Omeka (to name a few).

What is the most valuable skill or concept you have learned in the MA program?

The most valuable concept I learned is how powerful and important visualization is to the future of art history. Art history is constantly evolving, and digitization of this discipline is the direction it is heading, which is already evident in certain museums.

How do you see this MA advancing your career goals?

This MA degree will advance my career goals because the program gave me a skill set that I did not have prior to entering Duke. The MA allowed me to learn to code scenes with BabylonJS, design a website using HTML, build a windmill in SketchUp, and construct a database of about 350 items using Omeka. These are only a few of the things I was able to accomplish during this program, and I believe these skills will be useful for a museum position.

Henrietta is a member of the MA program’s inaugural graduating class. Her thesis is titled “Mapping All Above: Sixteenth-Century Ceiling Painting at a Time of Religious Reform.” During her time at Duke she worked on the Venice Interactive Visual Atlas (VIVA). She also worked on a class project, “Troyes Cathedral: Stained Glass” in which students recolored black and white images of a stained glass window as a way of showing how the medieval window, whose colors are now dimmed with the passage of time, may have first appeared. 

UPDATE: Henrietta is now employed at an art gallery in New York.

Wired! Goes Down Under

November 2, 2015 — November 5, 2015

Caroline Bruzelius

Professor Caroline Bruzelius will be traveling to Australia this coming week to speak in Sydney and Canberra on Wired! Lab projects:   Digital Approaches in the Study of Early-Modern Visual Culture November 2-4, 2015 Canberra, Australia Presented by the Australian National University and The Power Institute Foundation at the University of Sydney Professor Bruzelius will present “The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database: Creating a Scholarly Resource”.   Recasting the Question: Digital Approaches in Art History and Museums November 5, 2015 Sydney, Australia Presented by The Power Institute Foundation at the University of Sydney and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, with support from the Asia Art Archive. Professor Bruzelius will deliver the keynote address, “Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum”.   Image Credit

The Lives Of Things Color Projection Exhibit Unveiled at the Nasher

UPDATES: Wired! Project featured on Oxford Archaeology

September 29, 2015

by Alta Zhang

UPDATED November 18, 2015: Project featured in North Carolina State University’s student newspaper, Technician. Read the article here. A Wired! Lab student project is currently being featured on the Oxford Archaeology website in connection with excavations being undertaken at Westgate in Oxford, UK. The project contains various research and an animated film. This film, as a main output of this project, is featured in the Open Day for Oxford Archaeology Westgate Excavation, exhibiting the Buildings of Grey and Black friars in a visual and digital way. For more information, please visit the page of Westgate Excavation in Oxford. Created by Jim Knowles (Grad ’09) and Michal Koszychi (Trinity ’09), “Great Houses Make Not Men Holy: Mendicant Architecture in Medieval Oxford” is an animated film about the medieval Franciscan and Dominican foundations in Oxford. By using a sixteenth-century map with later added 3D model and digital reconstructions, the project combines multifaceted scholarship to visualize the historical vicissitude between 1220s and 1530s. The project grew out of a collaboration between the two authors and Wired Digital Visualization Training Program at Duke University. The animated film is available on the project’s website with an overview of the research work about the architectural and topographical features. In the film, a 3D reconstruction is presented, and a timeline is provided for better understandings the chronological development of Franciscan and Dominican churches. Various textual and illuminated sources from different time periods are combined, analyzed and visualized.  

Digital Thinking & Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, & the Museum

September 29, 2015
Collision Space (Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, 2nd Floor, A266)


Elizabeth BaltesCaroline BruzeliusHannah JacobsTimothy SheaMariano Tepper

Intermezzo is an event series sponsored by the Art, Art History and Visual Studies department. The series enables graduate students and faculty to present ongoing projects to one another in an informal setting. The September 29th Intermezzo will feature members of the Wired! Lab discussing their experiences using digital methods in teaching and research. Caroline Bruzelius and Hannah Jacobs will speak about the use of spatiotemporal visualization to create an interactive course syllabus. Elizabeth Baltes and Timothy Shea will discuss the affordances digital tools have lent to their research. Mariano Tepper will demonstrate components of The Lives of Things project’s newest digital exhibition at the Nasher, which digitally recolors medieval statues as they may have initially appeared at the time of their creation.

Nasher10 Homecoming to feature Lives of Things

October 4, 2015
Nasher Museum of Art


Caroline Bruzelius, Mark Olson, Guillermo Sapiro, Mariano Tepper

UPDATE: Read a recap of the event. The Wired! Lab’s Lives of Things, a project co-led by Caroline Bruzelius, Mark Olson, Guillermo Sapiro, and Mariano Tepper, will be featured as part of the Nasher Museum of Art’s Homecoming event Sunday, October 4th, from 12:00-4:00p.m. Over the summer, the Nasher’s permanent exhibition gallery was renovated to create a space better suited to sharing with the public the museum’s fine permanent collection. The Homecoming celebrates the reopening of the permanent exhibit and features projects such as the Lives of Things, which digitally augments the Nasher’s permanent collection to provide visitors with new ways to understand artifacts’ original context. The mobile application that will be featured with the permanent collection this academic year enables visitors to digitally recolor medieval statues as they may have been painted at the time of their creation. The Lives of Things’ faculty and postdoctoral leaders will speak about the project as part of the premiere of the Nasher’s new speaking series, NED Talks (Nasher, Education, Duke). More information about the public event can be gathered from the Save the Date below.    

Duke’s Fall Digital Workshops

August 21, 2015

Hannah L. Jacobs

Whether you’re a student, staff or faculty member, there are many opportunities to brush up your digital skill set this fall at Duke. Topics range from Microsoft Office to command line to HTML to 3D printing to data visualization and everywhere in between. Here are some workshop series you’ll want to check out:

Data & Visualization Services

Digital Scholarship Services (to be announced, but watch this space!)

Events at The Edge

Innovation Co-Lab roots/ Series

Research Computing

OIT Training Seminars

Tools for Digital Scholarship & Teaching in Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Readings & Resources: Digital Art History

Fall 2015 Open House

September 1, 2015
Wired! Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 11, 2nd Floor, A233)

What does the Wired! Lab do? How can you get involved? Come learn about our research opportunities and speak with our faculty and current students. Bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!   f2015-openhouse-smaller