Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

On Art History, Visualisation and Digital Scholarship: Learning from the Past for the Future

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As part of the School of Art and Design's Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel presents On Art History, Visualisation and Digital Scholarship: Learning from the Past for the Future.

  • From: Thursday 12 May 2016, 12 am
  • To: Thursday 12 May 2016, 12 am
  • Location: 009, Arkwright building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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As part of the School of Art and Design's Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel presents On Art History, Visualisation and Digital Scholarship: Learning from the Past for the Future.

The History of Art has a long-established reputation of being notoriously resistant to the wide adoption of digital technology. Major international surveys and reports portray a discipline lagging behind other fields. How true is this view?

This seminar talk looks at technical innovation in computer-based art practice and art historical studies. Examples of arts computing focus on three-dimensional visualisation, ranging from the applications of computer graphics in the 1980s, to the ongoing research by Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, an international collaboration in the area of optical, spatial and spectral recording of material heritage.

Such applications have shaped the evolution of the concept and practice of virtual museums. Recent research conducted by the European Virtual Museum Transnational Network of Excellence (V-MusT) provides theoretical and technological insights into this complex area. The seminar aims to raise a number of discussion points, including the questions of digital creativity versus scholarly rigour and, importantly, what makes the virtual cultural heritage authentic and its digital scholarship ethical?

Biography

Anna Bentkowska-Kafel is an art historian. Her research interests in the area of cultural heritage studies include the use of electronic imaging in documentation, representation and scholarly interpretation of art and architecture. She holds an MA in the History of Art from the University of Warsaw, an MA in Computer Applications to the History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London, and a PhD in Media Studies from Nottingham Trent University.

Her academic and museum career spans over 30 years. She worked for the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK and the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London where she was Lecturer in Digital Art History and a member of King’s Visualisation Lab.

For any enquiries please contact the College of Art, Design & Built Environment Research Office by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 2301.

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Room/Building:

009, Arkwright building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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