Digital Humanities


King's College London, 3rd - 6th July 2010

[Image: KCL Photo Collage]
[Image: London Photo Collage (Somerset House; Globe Theatre; Millennium Bridge; Tate Modern)]

Digital Art Installations: Vanishing Point(s) and Communion

Two installations by the digital artist Michael Takeo Magruder will run throughout the conference.

Vanishing Point(s) will be installed in the Great Hall.  It is a site-specific work by Magruder and Hugh Denard which explores creative collisions and collaborative possibilities between contemporary art discourse and humanities research, taking as its inspiration the astonishingly complex and beautiful ways in which Roman architecture and painting often converged, immersing the viewer in imagined spaces – idealised cities and gardens, palaces and shrines, theatres and basilicas – and beguilingly interweaving physical architecture with painted views so that it is not always easy to discern fact from fantasy; these are indeed "virtual" worlds that speak to the digitally-generated virtual worlds of the Avatar Age.  Through processes of reimagining and reconstructing, Vanishing Point(s) invites ancient and medieval principles of spatial and pictorial representation to speak to this present age of data networks, mixed-realities and multimodal existence.

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Communion is a new media art installation that reflects upon aesthetic and informational qualities of language within today’s technologically-enabled and multicultural society. The artwork is created exclusively from sampled 'front-pages' of the BBC's online international news service, digitally recorded at a finite moment in time. Each of the composition's forty distinct elements correlates to a different language edition of the BBC website. The captured web-pages have been algorithmically processed through a single, predefined sequence of instructions. The resulting images are visually reminiscent of traditional stained-glass windows and Rorschach inkblots, and through such spiritual and psychological references, notions of the transcendental and mechanisms for emotional response are introduced. The visual structures are only semi-abstract and even though the media itself provides the aesthetic essence of the work, the language – and information it contains – is still partially discernible.

Michael Takeo Magruder is an artist and researcher based in King’s Visualisation Lab (KVL), part of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London. His creative practice extends traditional modes of artistic production through the use of emerging media, including high-performance computing, mobile devices and virtual environments, blending Information Age technologies and aesthetics to explore the networked, digital world.

Hugh Denard is Associate Director of KVL and a Lecturer in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities.  He is a specialist in ancient Greek, Roman and twentieth-century Irish theatre history and in the application of digital visualisation methodologies in the humanities.  He collaborates regularly with Magruder.



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