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Cultural data sculpting

DH-404

Lecturer(s) :

Kenderdine Sarah Irene Brutton

Language:

English

Summary

This course will engage novel approaches for visualizing and interacting with cultural heritage archives in immersive virtual environments.

Content

Today we mine data: tomorrow we will sculpt it *


Cultural Data Sculpting is at the intersection of two dynamic phenomena, the ever-expanding heterogeneous digital archives, in conjunction with their visualization in immersive, interactive display systems. This course will engage novel approaches (with computational challenges) to creating innovative applications for visualizing and interacting with these cultural heritage archives.


This course is located at a new laboratory researching the forefront of experimentation in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (The Laboratory for Experimental Museology eM+). This lab contains large scale immersive, interactive virtual reality and augmented reality systems including a 360-degree 3D panoramic projection screen and a 4K fulldome. Students will have access to these state-of-the-art systems to design and build their applications. Emphasis is
on the development of a new approach to digital cultural archives in these omnidirectional and hemispheric systems.


Students will have access to already existing digital cultural archives including structured and unstructured data. These include the CERN archives, a database of photogrammetric Buddhist sculptures (some of the most important in the world) and a subset of the Montreaux Jazz Festival archive. Downloaded datasets also welcome (e.g. API's for METs collections or Cleveland's collections). Students will work together in small teams to focus on specific aspects of the application design and programming, culminating in an interactive installation for 360-degree 3D or fulldome.


Course outline:
1. Introduction to cultural data sculpting / Introduction to eM+ / Introduction to Unity engine
2. History of media art & Theorization of Digital Cultural Heritage
3. Introduction to visualization frameworks at eM+ with case studies
4. Introduction to datasets
5. Project design I
6. Project design II
7. Project design presentations
8. Project team /data structuring / HCI / software requirements
9. Project development I
10. Project development II
11. Project development III
12. Project development III
13. Project integration
14. Evaluative frameworks for immersive systems (I Sho U) / Final presentation


* O'Neill, G. 2010. Data Sculpting . Turbulence Ahead. http://www.turbulenceahead.com/2010/06/data-sculpting.html.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

No mandatory prerequisites

Recommended courses

Applied Data Analysis

Machine Learning for Digital Humanities

Introduction to Digital Humanities

Important concepts to start the course

Working knowledge of Unity 3D

Interactive Computer Graphics

Interaction Design

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Theoretical lectures

Exhibitions and installation experiences and critiques

Applied project design, development and delivery

Expected student activities

Two short essays

Design concept (as part of a group of 3-4 - written)

Final project (as part of a group of 3-4 - practical)

Group work

Design critiques

Evaluation

Assessment methods

Short essay 1 (written) - 10%

Short essay 2 (written) - 10%

Design concept (written / group work) - 50%

Final project (practical / group work) - 30%

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Lab

In the programs

    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Cultural data sculpting
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Cultural data sculpting
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Cultural data sculpting
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • UNIL - Autres facultés, 2019-2020, Spring semester
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Cultural data sculpting
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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