Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History

International Workshop

  • Participation to the workshop is limited to the group of speakers.
  • Beginn: 10.12.2020 14:00
  • Ende: 11.12.2020 19:00
  • Vortragende(r): International Workshop
  • Ort: Online via zoom
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Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History
Digital models help to visualize complexities heretofore unapproachable through more conventional methods of art history. The seductive qualities of these models—which tend to transcend those of words—are increasingly untempered by their digital and thus potentially alien nature. But with the use of these tools come challenges.

Modeling technologies (GIS, photogrammetry, laser scanning, VR, AR, or BIM) can assist not only in visualizing, but also in measuring, reconstructing and, thus, analyzing works of art and architecture. The interdisciplinarity of digital approaches invites diverse conventions, and as the media used for digital visualizations are adopted across disciplines and their hermeneutics contested, the resulting epistemes are naturally hybrid.

This two-day workshop addresses some of the following questions: How to balance the allure of realism and the desire for aesthetic appeal against scholarly demands for restrained truth? How can digital models disclose both fact and uncertainty? What strategies can assess the validity and reliability of digital models in a peer-reviewed fashion? What are the benefits of adopting an ontology that drives workflows and standardizes methods.

Due to the nature of the meeting, participation to the workshop is limited to the group of speakers.
The Keynote Lecture by Prof. Piotr Kuroczyński will be open to the public. Please follow THIS LINK.



14:00 Welcome and Introduction
TANJA MICHALSKY, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History

14:30 Session 1
Moderation: Nicola Camerlenghi

What Is a 3D Model and Why Do We Model? Some Reflections Built Upon Archaeological Case Studies

GIULIA BORDI and ANGELICA FEDERICI, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Visualizing Medieval Rome. Digital Storytelling of the City and its Churches

16:00 Break

16:15 Session 2
Moderation: Elisabetta Scirocco

DONAL COOPER and FABRIZIO NEVOLA, University of Cambridge - University of Exeter
Immersive Renaissance – New Narratives for a Spatialized Understanding of Art and Architecture

Virtual St. Paul’s, 2.0 – The Annotated Model

18:00 Break

18:15 Keynote Lecture – Online event via Zoom. Please follow THIS LINK.
The Digital 3D Reconstruction as Research Tool - Challenges and Potentials


14:00 Session 3
Moderation: Elisabetta Scirocco & Nicola Camerlenghi

LEX BOSMAN, University of Amsterdam
The Fourth-Century S. Giovanni in Laterano in the Twenty-First Century: Digital Approaches and Reconstruction

RUGGERO LONGO, IMT School for Advanced Studies / Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute
Digitizing the Norman Palace. Methodology, Potential and Limits of the Palermo Royal Palace Project

PAOLO BORIN and ANDREA GIORDANO, Università degli Studi di Padova
Representing Complexities: Bim Concepts for "Visualizing Cities."

16:15 Break

16:30 Session 4
Moderation: Tanja Michalsky

ROBERTO SCOPIGNO, National Research Council (CNR), ISTI, Pisa
Managing Complexity of Visual Media: A Near-to-Reach Goal?

LEONARDO IMPETT, Durham University
Corpus Questions in the History of Art

18:00 Break

18:30 Roundtable Discussion
Moderation: Tanja Michalsky

Scientific Organization: Tanja Michalsky, Nicola Camerlenghi, Elisabetta Scirocco

Image: St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Rome. Composite plan of apse, transept, and the eastern end of the nave (404-2020). Model and image by Nicola Camerlenghi & Evan Gallitelli

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