A blog about the Master Programme in Digital Humanities at Uppsala University

Tag: Visual Analysis

In-Depth: Visual Analysis: Materiality and Digital Humanities.

The spring term for the Digital Humanities students started off with a courses called Visual Analysis: Materiality and Digital Humanities and headed by art historian and media scholar Anna Orrghen. I took an opportunity to ask her a few questions about the course and her involvement in the research field of Digital Humanities.

What is your research background and how did you find Digital Humanities as an educational and research subject?

My research background is at the intersection of art history and media studies. More particularly art, science and technology in general and digital art in particular. Actually, I do not really see myself as a digital humanities scholar, but have slipped into issues that relate to digital humanities through my research on digital art, e.g. questions concerning methodology in relation to digital art. These issues have further been the starting point for the course Visual Analysis: Materiality and Digital Humanities.

How do you use digital tools or digital methods in your own research?

I do not, actually. But I am genuinely interested in the consequences the use of digital tools and methods has for art historical research. Thus, instead of using digital tools or digital methods, I am trying to understand what it means for art history as a discipline that digital tools and methods are being used.

What was for you the most successful or meaningful part of the course?

For me, the most meaningful part of the course was the combination of really practical, hands on work during the excursions and workshops, and the theoretical perspectives applied through the seminars. That became an important opportunity to delve into the differences between digitized materials and non digitized materials and how their status as digitized or non digitized impact how and what we know about our cultural heritage.

Also, I would like to add that the fact that the course is a collaboration between scholars from different academic fields and departments within Uppsala university, such as archaeology, art history and textile history was also really meaningful. And, finally, through the students I have gained a lot of knowledge about cultural heritage sites and artefacts around the world, that I would not have gained otherwise.

What would you say is the core of the course?

I think it is the same as above, i.e. not only to read about the consequences of digitization, but to really investigate it through engage in the materiality of cultural heritage.

You can read more about Anna Orrghens research in my previous post about the research done at the Department of Art history.

The Virtual Museum – Study Visit and Workshop

This week the students visited the Swedish Royal Palace in Stockholm, as a part of the course Visual Analysis: Materiality and Digital Humanities. Together with Associate professor at the Department of History of Art Johan Eriksson, they went on a guided tour of the museum part of the Palace.

During the visit, the students were asked to imagine creating their own virtual reconstruction based on some part of the palace. How would they do it and would challenges would they face? How would they approach these challenges?

The Royal Palace was finished in 1754 and is the residence of the Royal Family of Sweden Image: Tommy Takacs from Pixabay 

After the Study visit the students participated in a seminar by Johan, where he introduced his research project called The Virtual Museum.

Besides getting an introduction to Johans research project, the purpose of the seminar was to delve into the difference between digitized materials and non digitized materials and how their status as digitized or non digitized impact the knowledge production within art historical research.

Johan Eriksson works as associate professor at the Department of History of Art

The students were also able to try out a version of the virtual tour of the Royal Palace with Johan Eriksson and Anna Orghen, course coordinator for the course.

Some questions they were asked to consider in regards to the 3D-model was: What are the advantages of 3D-reconstruction in comparison to analog reconstruction? How can this model be developed further and what kind of interface would work best?

The Virtual Museum is built on a game engine and therefore very accessible

You can more about the goals and purpose of the course on this previous blog post.

Visual Analysis: Materiality and Digital Humanities

The spring semester starts today with a new course headed by Anna Orrghen, senior lecturer from the Department of Art History at Uppsala University.

The course introduces tools and methods for visual analysis in the humanities and digital humanities. Through laboratory elements and excursions, the course deals with the material and visual nature of objects in relation to the digital humanities.

Image by Couleur from Pixabay 

The emphasis in the course is on the skill of comprehending and problematising the meaning of digitisation’s consequences for humanistic knowledge production in relation to visual analysis.