The radical impact of digital technology on all the disciplines associated with the visual arts

Newly published in Ashgate’s Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities series, Revisualizing Visual Culture provides expert views of the radical impact of digital technology on the study of the visual arts.

Exploring in book format the impact of information and communication technologies on the disciplines of art history and visual culture might seem incongruous at first. Yet it is precisely the pause between technological advance and epistemological catch-up – and the nature of these adjustments – that this lively and engaging publication asks us to consider. The essays cover from multiple perspectives some key issues facing historians of art and visual culture in the 21st century: from scholars who have observed the impact of ICT on their fields in recent years, to younger writers of the digital generation who have known nothing else. From the electronic structures that comprise and deliver digital images and associated data, to the shifting relations between custodians, curators and the widened constituencies with which they now engage, the impact of ICT is one that has far-ranging ramifications on the formation of knowledge and the practices of visual culture research. This book will play an important role in provoking thought about these issues’.
Catherine Moriarty, Brighton University, UK

Revisualizing Visual Culture is edited by Chris Bailey and Hazel Gardiner.

About the Editors: Chris Bailey is Professor of Cultural History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Society at Leeds Metropolitan University. Hazel Gardiner is Editor for the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland and joint-editor of the CHArt (the Computers and the History of Art) Yearbook. She was Senior Project Officer for the AHRC ICT Methods Network.

Contents: Preface; Introduction: making knowledge visual, Chris Bailey; Do a thousand words paint a picture?, Mike Pringle; The semantic web approach to improving access to cultural heritage, Kirk Martinez and Leif Isaksen; Resource discovery and curation of complex and interactive digital datasets, Stuart Jeffrey; Digital exploration of past design concepts in architecture, Daniela Sirbu; Words as keys to the image bank, Doireann Wallace; For one and all: participation and exchange in the archive, Sue Breakell; The user-archivist and collective (in)voluntary memory: read/writing the networked digital archive, James McDevitt; Internet art history 2.0, Charlotte Frost; Museum migration in century 2.08, Jemima Rellie; Slitting open the Kantian eye, Charlie Gere; Bibliography; Index.

For full information, and to read Chris Bailey’s introductory chapter, visit the Ashgate website.

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