What is it like to travel back to eighteenth century Venice, to take a virtual tour of an iconic and enigmatic painting? How can contemporary digital technology help us explore artifacts from the analogue past? How can popular forms of entertainment from centuries ago, such as the cosmaramo, the magic lantern, or the “moving panorama,” help us better understand our own “brave new world”– our digital visual culture? This talk presents the plan of a “digital monograph,” a pilot project of the Brown University Digital Publishing Initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation: it consists in five digital simulations of popular optical spectacles from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, accompanied by five “epistemological tales,” micro-historical case studies focused on Italy as an imagined country and on historical figures of Italian modernity, representative of broader social, political and cultural dynamics.
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Journey into the New World & Other Forgotten (Early) Modern Media
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm