“Visualizing Famagusta: Recent Heritage Conservation, Visualization and Education Efforts in an Endangered Cypriot City”
Michael J. K. Walsh
Associate Chair (Research)
School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wired! Lab, 2nd floor, Bay 11, Smith Warehouse
Famagusta—the coronation place of the crusader Kings of Jerusalem, mentioned by name in Dante’s Inferno, the scene of one of military history’s most infamous sieges, and the setting of Shakespeare’s Othello, is a rare treasure in the Eastern Mediterranean. A city of some 35,000 inhabitants today, it was founded in 964, acquired by the French in 1192, and became a crucial trading nexus after the fall of Acre in 1291.
In addition to talking about the circumstances leading up to the publication of Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta (Ashgate, 2012), and showing the short documentary film The Forty, Michael Walsh will be talking about new strategies in utilizing real-time game technologies to create 3D models of heritage spaces. This, it is hoped, will allow historians to continually renegotiate the past, offer experts the opportunity to prepare for the years ahead, foster cultural/sustainable tourism and enhance awareness/education both regionally and globally.
Michael Walsh has published many articles on Famagusta and co-edited the book Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta: Studies in Art, Architecture and History (Ashgate Press, 2012). He successfully applied for the Walled City of Famagusta to be placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites globally, and was appointed Team Co-ordinator for Heritage Data Management in N. Cyprus by the United Nations in 2010/11.