Friday, February 13, 1:00-2:30 pm
Williams Building 415
Victoria’s Lost Pavilion
Please join us for the second meeting of the Digital Scholars reading and discussion group for Spring 2015, featuring Paul Fyfe, Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at North Carolina State University, who will talk with us via videoconference about a DH funded project, “Victoria’s Lost Pavilion: Reconstructing the Arts in Digital Space.”
Understanding the embodied conditions of historic monuments and memorialized events is a huge undertaking — it is a historicization of its own. The Pavilion project literally draws on multiple caches of historical materials to achieve a virtual re/construction that illuminates both the question-raising and the problem-solving dimensions of interdisciplinary work. In introducing us to the project, Dr. Fyfe may invite us to consider the critical and artistic demands of comprehensive historical digital reconstruction, as well as how working in immersive virtual environments causes us to distinguish between recapturing the essence of a physical site and becoming conscious of its historical accretions. We may discuss the project model, consider its requirements and various phases in its construction, and question our own expectations of oldness vs. newness, and of hyperreality vs. virtuality.
Participants are invited to read the following:
- The February 2014 Archives of the Pavilion project blog, for critical background
- Entries on “Augmented Reality,” “Virtual,” and “Virtual Reality” in the Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media (2014) (available on our Bb site)
- “Se non è vero, è ben trovato (If Not True, It Is Well Conceived): Digital Immersive Reconstructions of Historical Environments,” by Diane Favro. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71.3 (Sep. 2012): 273-77.