Models, Volume, and Digital 3D Visualisation—June 17 & 18, 2019

For our third event—and second of 2019—digital | visual | cultural turns to the dynamic practices of digital 3D modelling. Focusing specifically on laser scanning/LiDAR and the subsequent generation of ‘point clouds’ and three dimensional digital ‘mass’, the event will assemble scholars and practitioners across heritage science, archaeology, environmental science, architecture, and fine art disciplines. It will look to articulations of 3D visualisation across disciplines as means to explore how the use of these instruments and softwares of visualisation enable ways of seeing that are at once mediated, experimental, collaborative, and spatially complex.

The event will feature a keynote talk on June 17 titled “Point-clouds, pixels and perspective: re-encountering three-dimensional visual technologies between mathematics and culture” from Clancy Wilmott of the Human Geography department at the University of Manchester. On the day following we will be assembling a full day of panels and presentations from scholars and practitioners of 3D visualisation (to be announced soon). See the event page for bookings and further details.

digital | visual | cultural is a series of events exploring the question:

Is a specific way of seeing the world through digital visualising technologies emerging? If so, what are its conditions and consequences? 

Digital images are everywhere now: photorealist computer generated images in magazine ads and on billboards; computer games on laptops, desktops and phones; smart city data dashboards; Snapchat; tv and film special effects; data visualisations on newspaper websites; LIDAR scans showing what driverless cars 'see'; Google Maps and Streetview; Instagram and Twitter feeds… all offer a seamless, networked, luminescent, zoomable visuality, prompting Lev Manovich for one to ponder if there is now just one metamedium and perhaps even a new global aesthetics.

Digital | Visual | Cultural will explore these questions over the next two years; read more about how those questions will be framed in the 'about' section of this site. 

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Digital | Visual | Cultural is curated by Gillian Rose, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, with Sterling Mackinnon. The series is supported by the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and St John's College, Oxford.  


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