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Appropriate Memories: A Photography Remix Studio

In this studio-based design workshop, students will respond to and remix an extensive set of photographs from the Harvard Art Museum’s collection: over 20,000 images amassed by sociologist and photographer Barbara Norfleet in the late twentieth century, and known as … Continue reading

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Visualizing Textual Data

Rows of black bars break across an expanse of digital whiteness, each unfolding branch asserting a tenuous yet implicit truth. Graphical data, whether taking form as a mass of scatterplots or a confluence of lines summoned into being, assume the … Continue reading

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Little boxes, anechoic & illuminated

Again and again, we humans tire of standing upright in the sun, protruding into the buzzing, blooming world; as Gaston Bachelard explores in The Poetics of Space, his revelatory study of the dreamworlds of domestic dwelling, we’re forever wanting to … Continue reading

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A Bit in the Abyss

The lot at Eagle Leasing. Photo by Sarah Newman As the metaLAB team arrived in Oxford, Massachusetts at Eagle Leasing, a tidy inventory of shipping containers greeted us. One is destined to be the home of an immersive, multi-sensory experience … Continue reading

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Beautiful Data II

Collecting inherently involves choices— what to acquire or not acquire, preserve or not preserve, and what to exhibit or not to exhibit, whether that collecting occurs in the physical or virtual realm. We sift through what is available and sort … Continue reading

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The ghosts of poets’ voices walk the yard

I’ve long been a fan of Halsey Burgund, a sound artist and musician who works with the human voice in both compositions and place-based installations. So I’ve been excited to work with Halsey these last few weeks, in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Beautiful Data II — Applications Due Tomorrow, April 1.

Taking place between July 6 – July 16th, 2015, Beautiful Data II represents our second annual workshop supported by the Getty Foundation aimed at addressing challenges and opportunities with art museum open data. Participants will be introduced to concepts and … Continue reading

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The Cave

During the summer of 2014, the Getty Trust launched an important new initiative in digital art history designed to help art historians and museum professionals to explore the opportunities and challenges of new and emergent technologies. Along with George Mason … Continue reading

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Boston-area Snowfall Via Drone

Over the last few snowfalls here in Cambridge, we flew our little DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, which we previously used in shooting Cold Storage, to document the wintry conditions from above. We observed instances of icicle build-up on various Harvard … Continue reading

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Cold Storage Premiere Today

Harvard President, Charles William Eliot, spoke of the library’s needs at the turn of the 20th Century, proposing “not a crematorium for dead books, but only a receiving tomb.” Receiving tombs were holding places for bodies that couldn’t be buried … Continue reading

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