A “living” Mona Lisa

A team of 40 French technicians and artists have spent the last year working on a “Living Mona Lisa,” which uses a motion sensor (similar to those employed in interactive video games) to produce a version of the portrait that can follow viewers’ movements with her eyes and change her expression. As Florent Aziosmanoff, who conceived the initial concept, told the Telegraph, “Leonardo da Vinci tried to make her come alive, so it’s appropriate that we’ve taken his intentions a few steps further.”

Digital versions will be produced and marketed to go on sale in the autumn in different sizes and formats, such as digital paintings for “a few hundred euros” or miniature versions hung on a pendant, perhaps surrounded by jewels.

What’s in your Digital Humanities toolbox?

This list of DH tools was created during the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory; “haystack”) Scholars Unconference at Michigan State University on May 27, 2015. The list in a work-in-progress, with additional tools and insight offered in the comments.

Topics include:

  • Media Creation/Annotation (Video/Audio/Image)
  • Project Management
  • Text Processing/Annotation
  • Reference System
  • Archive/Content Management Systems
  • Mapping
  • Visualization
  • Scraping

h/t John Taormina

Introducing ArchDaily’s AD Essentials

AD_Essentials_MODERNISM (photo: © Flickr CC user victortsu)AD Essentials from ArchDaily is a series of “in-depth overviews of architecture’s most important topics” by connecting together some of their best articles from the past (updated with additional links to relevant news stories and other articles). Launched July 13th, the series has already posted surveys of Sustainability and Modernism.

Do you have a topic you’d like covered, an article you’d like linked, or have feedback to current posts? Let them know here (look for the form at the end).

Next Practices in Museum Digital and Technology

View of "You Are Here" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (photo: Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California)The annual Next Practices in Digital and Technology from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is available and highlights 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. Some of the covered topics include Multimedia, In-Gallery Interactive, Open Data, Social Media, Apps, and Access.

Artistic genius? There’s an algorithm for that

A chart analysing 1,710 paintings, where the horizontal axis corresponds to the year the painting was created and the vertical axis corresponds to its creativity score according to the algorithm from Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh, “Quantifying Creativity in Art Networks”  (draft 2 June 2015 from a conference paper)Researchers say they have created a quantitative way to assess “creativity” in works of art that they argue comes close to a scholarly assessment. Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh (The Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University) used 1,710 paintings available on Artchive.com and ran them through their algorithm that looked at qualities such as texture, color, lines, movement, harmony, and balance. The algorithm then “measures the originality and influence of artworks by using sophisticated visual analysis to compare each piece to older and newer artwork…from the premise that the most creative art was that which broke most from the past, and then inspired the greatest visual shifts in the works that followed.”

via Quartz

Ransom Center makes more than 22,000 images available

The Egpytian Hall, Piccadilly, detail from a letter from Albert Richard Smith to Mr. Kepper introducing John Deane. Letter mentions Dickens and Thackeray (courtesy Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin; #MSS_ThackerayWM_3_15_005)The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has adopted an open access policy, removing the requirement for permission and use fees for a significant portion of its online collections believed to be in the public domain. In conjunction with the release of the policy, the Ransom Center launches Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), a year-long initiative to digitize and make available 25 of its manuscript collections of some of the best-known names from American and British literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Project REVEAL initiative generated more than 22,000 high-resolution images, available for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction or fees. Future efforts will involve removing restrictions for other materials believed to be in the public domain and making them available through the Ransom Center’s digital collections portal.

Miriam Schapiro dies at 91

Miriam Schapiro, Big OX, 1967, acrylic on canvas. (COURTESY FLOMENHAFT GALLERY, via ARTnews)Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Miriam Schapiro, who helped spearhead the feminist art movement in the 1970s, inspiring generations of artists, died on June 20 at age 91 after a long illness.

via Artnews


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