Taught by Victoria Szabo
Part of the Wired Workshop Series
Wired! Lab, Smith Warehouse Bay 11
October 26, 2012 2-4pm
Seeing is believing. Seeing is also understanding, knowing, and communicating. Of the five senses, the visual is probably the most effective for representing and communicating knowledge across social, economic, linguistic, and cultural barriers.
Pictures, graphs, and diagrams have of course always been important tools for synthesizing and communicating information. But in the past decade digital visualization technologies have transformed the power of the visual to show and teach. We can represent change over time as a continuous process. We can show chronological and structural transformation as a dynamic and active process in three dimensions. Building a church or a city, for example can become a continuous flow of additions, modifications, or subtractions. The past can come alive through animated models that narrate the shaping of the world we live in.
The Wired! Group is committed to integrating the rapidly-evolving potential of digital technologies into courses and long-term research initiatives. Our goal is to integrate visualization tools into teaching and training students at all levels in order to ask research questions about material culture in the human-built environment. We fuse digital technologies into our teaching in the study sculpture, architecture, urbanism and painting in order to prepare our students for the future. We are also committed to communicating scholarly and research knowledge to a broad public.
Our integration of visualization technologies into the regular curriculum is not a short term enterprise - instead it represents structural and systemic change in the way knowledge is interrogated in teaching and research. Wired! projects fuse questions in the Humanities (as traditionally construed) with social, economic, and political issues. Our work engages the viewer in novel ways that revolutionize the role of learning in relation to the public. We are committed to making scholarship available and engaging to a broad audience.
Workshop information found at: http://www.dukewired.org/