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Digital Materiality and art-historical research

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Presented at the Digital Material Conference, 21-22 May 2015
21 May 2015, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

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Digital Materiality and art-historical research

  1. 1. Digital Material, NUI Galway, 22 May 2015 Digital Materiality & Art Historical Research KAROLINA BADZMIEROWSKA
  2. 2. Material (PHYSICAL SUBSTANCE) a physical substance that things can be made from Material (INFORMATION) Information or ideas for use in creating a book or other work Material (CLOTH) cloth that can be used to make things such as clothes Materials (EQUIPMENT) equipment that you need for a particular activity Material (PHYSICAL) Denoting or consisting of physical objects rather than the mind or spirit Material (IMPORTANT) formal important or having an important effect Material (PHYSICAL SUBSTANCE) a physical substance that things can be made from Material (INFORMATION) Information or ideas for use in creating a book or other work Material (CLOTH) cloth that can be used to make things such as clothes Materials (EQUIPMENT) equipment that you need for a particular activity Material (PHYSICAL) Denoting or consisting of physical objects rather than the mind or spirit Material (IMPORTANT) formal important or having an important effect material /məˈtɪərɪəl/ noun adjective material /məˈtɪərɪəl/ noun adjective
  3. 3. Material (PHYSICAL SUBSTANCE) a physical substance that things can be made from Material (INFORMATION) Information or ideas for use in creating a book or other work Material (CLOTH) cloth that can be used to make things such as clothes Materials (EQUIPMENT) equipment that you need for a particular activity Material (PHYSICAL) Denoting or consisting of physical objects rather than the mind or spirit Material (IMPORTANT) formal important or having an important effect digital representations intangible material use of digital images new methodologies digital material needs contribution to art history scholarship scholarly and artistic ‘materiality’ of digital / artefacts ive research methods material /məˈtɪərɪəl/ digital intangible representations physical material use of digital images new methodologies digital material needs contribution to art history scholarship scholarly and artistic ‘materiality’ of digital / artefacts ive research
  4. 4. ‘materiality’ of digital objects / artefacts
  5. 5. Salvador Dali The Persistence of Memory 1932 Museum of Modern Art, New York 24.1 x 33 cm
  6. 6. Photograph by Trexler (Flickr)
  7. 7. Pablo Picasso Guernica 1937 Oil on canvas Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 349 cm × 776 cm
  8. 8. Visitor viewing Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid Denis Doyle for The New York Times
  9. 9. Claude Monet The Waterlilies 1920–1926 Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris 200 cm x 600 cm
  10. 10. Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris / Bridgeman Images
  11. 11. Jan van Eyck Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata 1430-1432 Philadelphia Museum of Art
  12. 12. Philadelphia Museum of Art 12.7 x 14.6 cm
  13. 13. Swarzenski, Hanns, Vorgotische Miniaturen. Die ersten Jahrhunderte Deutscher Malerei. Königstein, Langewiesche, 1927 Illuminated page from Gengenbach/Baden Evangelistery Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart ca. 1150 AD
  14. 14. digital intangible representations made from physical material
  15. 15. Google Images search results for: ‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ (detail)
  16. 16. digital material needs to make contribution to art history scholarship
  17. 17. Willem van Haecht The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest 1628 Oil on panel 100 x 130 cm Rubenshuis, Antwerp
  18. 18. Aby M. Warburg | Mnemosyne Atlas | 1924- 1929 Greek [mnɛːmosýːnɛː] memory The Warburg Institute, University of London
  19. 19. The Warburg Institute, University of London
  20. 20. Mnemosyne. Meanderings through Aby Warburg’s Atlas http://warburg.library.cornell.edu/
  21. 21. Exhibition: “MNEMOSYNE ATLAS: Aby Warburg’s Cosmos of Images” University of Tokyo, Japan 15-22 December 2012
  22. 22. scholarly and artistic activity
  23. 23. Maurice Jarnoux André Malraux amid photo reproductions for his book "Le Musée Imaginaire” ca. 1947 Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
  24. 24. Dennis Adams, “Malraux’s Shoes” (2012) Video still. Single-channel video, 42 minutes. Written and performed by Dennis Adams. Directed by Dennis Adams and Paul Colin.
  25. 25. Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) 1968 Designed by Lina Bo Bardi
  26. 26. Gerhard Richter Atlas (Städte / Cities) 1968 51.7 cm x 66.7 cm Atlas Sheet: 113
  27. 27. Gerhard Richter Atlas (Seestücke / Seascapes) 1972 51.7 cm x 36.7 cm Atlas Sheet: 202
  28. 28. Gerhard Richter Atlas (Holocaust) 1997 51.7 cm x 71 cm Atlas Sheet: 637
  29. 29. Gerhard Richter Atlas (Landschaften / Landscapes) 1985 51.7 cm x 66.7 cm Atlas Sheet: 433
  30. 30. Leila Cook Barber, member of the Art faculty, at work in the slide library c. 1950s Vassar College, New York
  31. 31. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University The Lantern Slide in Architecture Education 2010
  32. 32. Theaster Gates “To Speculate Darkly” Installation 2010 Milwaukee Art Museum
  33. 33. Dina Kelberman I’m Google 2011-2014
  34. 34. use of digital images in creating new methodologies
  35. 35. 1 2 Detail comparison (1 – left; 2 – right)
  36. 36. Images scaled and layered in Photoshop with an adjusted opacity of the second layer (0-100%)
  37. 37. Two images (1, 2) compared and analyzed using Resemble.js http://huddle.github.io/Resemble.js/ The generated image (3) highlights the differences between the images (7.18 %) 1 2 3
  38. 38. effective research?
  39. 39. THANK YOU karolinabadz.com badzmiek@tcd.ie @karolinabadz Karolina Badzmierowska

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