Today, I attended at Duke University’s Nasher Museum a symposium on Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology & Visual Studies. It was actually quite interesting (all the speakers were great) and there were presentations on mapping, apps for the study of ancient monuments (Hidden Florence) and works of art, 3D scanning of historic monuments, photogrammetry, the use of drones for imaging archaeological sites (notably at Aphrodisias) or the creation of algorithms for the removal of cradles on x-rays of paintings (a plugin called Platypus created by mathematicians and the conservators at the NCMA!) On top of that, we were well fed!
At the end of the day, I dropped by the Nasher’s galleries to take a look at their new interpretive app used to colour stone reliefs of four apostles–the colours were projected onto the reliefs. It was actually quite fun to select portions of the figures and ‘paint’ them… and there were no restrictions about which colour to be used for the skin, hair, garments… (The Met has something like this on the walls of the Temple of Dendur although I don’t know how interactive it is).
The NCMA is developing digital applications and 3D related distance learning opportunities. I can’t talk about those right now, but just know that they involve my collections, so you’ll find out soon enough what we’re up to! In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of today’s symposium.