The third digital | visual | cultural event took place on 17 and 18 June 2019 at St John’s College, Oxford, with the support of the College and the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. It was curated by Sterling Mackinnon and Gillian Rose.
It began with a lecture by Dr Clancy Wilmott. Dr Wilmott is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at RMIT in Melbourne. The title of her lecture was “Point-clouds, pixels and perspective: re-encountering three-dimensional visual technologies between mathematics and culture”.
Clancy spoke directly to the them of the meeting, which was the proliferation of three-dimensional visual technologies in a digital age. From virtual and augmented reality, to 3D scanners and printers, they can be readily found across design, engineering, construction, medicine, architecture, art and beyond, as their volumetric capabilities can be used to map and reproduce complex space. Drawing on a series of experimental digital 3D projects, as well as histories of analogue cartography and surveying, her talk explored the interaction between the mathematical view of space – including point-clouds, z-axes and LiDAR – and broader cultural and political questions of being in and working through volumetric representations and their relationship to material spaces and cultures. Asking "what are the political and theoretical implications of visualising in three-dimensions?", the discussion turned to two fundamental questions about the way in which we understand digitalities and visualities between science and culture: what are the limits of three dimensional visual technologies, and where might the political possibilities lie in the act of three-dimensional visualisation?
You can watch a video of her film here:
The lecture was followed by a range of talks exploring various uses of 3D visualising technologies, in relation to a range of objects and in a number of professional contexts. The programme of talks is here, and you can follow the Twitter history of these talks here: