Category Archives: Technology

Pyramids

Here are three sites for further information on the Pyramids:

There are several excellent accounts in Smarthistory: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/the-great-pyramids-of-giza-and-the-great-sphinx.html

“Building the Great Pyradmid,” by Dr. Ian Shaw, University of Liverpool: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/great_pyramid_01.shtml

And from e-how (thank you, Joe!): http://www.ehow.com/about_6525585_did-egyptians-make-pyramids_.html

Keep in mind…there are still mysteries here to be solved and many controversial interpretations. They are amazing structures!

New media and art conservation

How do we conserve new media art that is based on/created with a technology that is now obsolete?  When the art no longer “works”?  Do we allow it to disappear?  Become corrupted?  Update the software?  Read what the Whitney Museum of American Art did with Douglas Davis’s “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence”.

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This raises questions about art making, art curating, and skills museum curators need today.

What interesting questions!

Be sure to click on the above links to see more about this art.

Van Gogh in the digital age

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At the top is Van Gogh’s painting, The Bedroom, from 1888 as we know it today and as it exists today.  But the blue of the walls has faded over the years, and the red he mixed with blue has gone.  The image below (with the lavender walls) shows Van Gogh’s painting digitally enhanced according to what conservators and art historians have learned about his painting techniques.  Read more about this project here.