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Role of Digital Tools and Places in the Arts

The following photographs are from a presentation by Dave White, Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts in London. He recently addressed faculty, staff, and administrators from the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He talked about his work and broader issues pertaining to the the role of digital tools and places in the arts.

A Guide to Digitization

  • What can you capture, and not capture, when you digitize something?
    • Working with more sculptural items like the containers presented several issues with representation. For instance, the containers both have four sides with slightly flattened corners that could also be considered separate sides. Plus there are the tops of the containers that have images and the bottoms of the containers. The colors were the easiest aspect to capture in digital form, especially since these colors can be edited to better represent how the eye sees the colors. The differences in sizes of the containers could have been better represented if there had been some kind of scale included in
  • Which forms of digitization make the most sense for different types of items?
    • For the flat potholders and envelope, I think photographs of both sides would be sufficient in representing the items. However, for the more sculptural containers, the videos or a online 3-d model would work better than still images. However, if you were limited to still images/photographs because of resources I think multiple photographs from different angles could work.
  • To what extent does working with digitized representations impact how we understand different kinds of items, and/or our ability to use them for different purposes?
    • In thinking more about the containers and how we understand them, it occurred to me that having an image or video of the inside of the container would be helpful. Since its purpose is to house/contain things, seeing the inside of the container provides context in a way. This would better represent the purpose of the container in the “real world.”

The British Museum

The British Museum

The Museum has holds art and artifacts from 10 curatorial and research departments:  Africa, Oceania and the Americas;  Ancient Egypt and Sudan;  Asia;  Britain, Europe and Prehistory;  Coins and Medals;  Conservation and scientific research;  Greece and Rome;  Middle East;  Portable Antiquities and Treasure;  Prints and Drawings