Greg Niemeyer at Malaga Digital Art History Summer School

09 Sep, 2016

Greg Niemeyer at Malaga Digital Art History Summer School

BCNM professor Greg Niemeyer taught at the Digital Art History Summer School in Malaga, Spain from September 4th to 9th. The University of California Berkeley and the University of Malaga worked together to produce the "Summer School on Digital Art History: Data-driven Analysis and Digital narratives" as part of an ongoing collaboration to implement training activities related to Digital Humanities in the field of Art History and Visual Culture.

DAHSS Network Visualization

As Greg Niemeyer focuses on the mediation between humans as individuals and humans as a collective through technological means, and emphasizes playful responses to technology, he was an ideal instructor for this phenomenal course.

Over the course of the summer school, the DAHSS tried to address question such as how the ability to access and process thousands of data allows us to tell new stories about the artistic culture, and how can we deploy these new stories on unpublished narrative models.

From the website: "The so-called digital turn involves a dramatic paradigm shift which entails profound transformations in those processes related to the access, production, distribution and communication of knowledge. A new epistemological order is currently emerging as a result. The digital turn does not represent new ways of doing the same things with the assistance of the technology, then, but rather new ways of thinking and understanding, and also new ways of creating, recreating, communicating, representing and interpreting.

This new scenario involves important disciplinary changes that particularly affect the field of artistic and visual culture. Given the incessant digitization effort made in the last few decades and the recent proliferation of open data and linked open data initiatives undertaken by museums, libraries and archives, at present, large sets of images, materials and data of all kinds are at our disposal to be used for many different purposes. As a result, we face a new context that creates unprecedented opportunities to refound the empirical and interpretive bases of the art-history and visual studies."

Read more about DAHSS here.