Fiches de cours 2018-2019


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Cultural data sculpting


Enseignant(s) :

Kenderdine Sarah Irene Brutton




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


Today we mine data: tomorrow we will sculpt it *

'Cultural Data Sculpting' 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. This lab contains a wide 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 Leonardo Da Vinci image archive and a subset of the Montreaux Jazz Festival archive. Students will work together in small teams to focus on specific aspects of the application design and programming, culminating in an interactive installation.

The race will use a unity 3D platform, running across a powerful PC cluster and / or single IG as required. Aspects of signal processing, machine learning and data analysis are useful but not mandatory prerequisites.

Course outline:

  1. Introduction to cultural data sculpting (short essay 1 due week 2)
  2. Aura and authenticity in the age of digital reproduction (fieldwork trip to Basel - short essay 2 due week 3)
  3. Leonardo da Vinci's archive / Introduction to fulldome (2 visiting lecturers)
  4. Understanding the datasets (CERN/MJC) 2 visiting lecturers
  5. Designing project team, design data structure and unity framework for 360-3D systems
  6. History of media art (1 visiting lecturer / Project design I (project design assignment due week 8)
  7. Preview of Kung Fu Exhibition / Project design II
  8. Project design presentations / Project development I
  9. Project development II
  10. Project development III
  11. Project development III
  12. Project integration I
  13. Project integration II
  14. Project presentation and understanding evaluative frameworks for immersive systems

* O'Neill, G. 2010. Data Sculpting . Turbulence Ahead.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

No mandatory prerequisites

Recommended courses

Applied Data Analysis

Signal Processing and 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


Assessment methods

Short essay 1 (written) - 10%

Short essay 2 (written) - 10%

Design concept (written / group work) - 50%

Final project (practical / group work) - 30%


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Lab

Dans les plans d'études

  • Humanités digitales, 2018-2019, Master semestre 2
    • Semestre
    • Forme de l'examen
      Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
    • Matière examinée
      Cultural data sculpting
    • Cours
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Projet
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

En construction
Exercice, TP
Projet, autre


  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand