||The ARTyFACTS Project
project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board.
In the virtual museum, gallery or collection what do we make of our virtually
represented objects? Very little ... these objects usually take the form
of a poorly digitised photograph, a small badly rendered 3D model or lots
of descriptive text. They are objects with no communicated sense of their
own materiality, presence, history or politic. Released from the constraints
of material, gravity and time, these objects could offer a multiplicity
of experiences through less passive, more creative and daring uses of
digital technology, representing them through simultaneous layers of meaning.
Literally getting 'under the skin of culture'.
A screen from the ARTyFACTS learning environment
The ARTyFACTS project has extensively researched two fine art objects,
one pre 20th Century and one from the last twenty years. The research
material has been used to develop a prototype interactive web-based learning
environment. In our research project we have been able to test different
ways of re-exhibiting these art objects virtually. This will ultimately
help the remote scholar in their studies, the disabled person who cannot
access the work itself, or the art historian/lover who cannot travel to
see the work. The image shown on this page is an example of how a student
of Art History might explore the ARTyFACTS learning environment.
The Learning Technology Research Institute's role in the project has been
in providing expertise in software development, the acquisition of the
art materials, and the construction of the multimedia learning environment.
This role has involved close liaison between software engineers, multimedia
designers and developers, artists, musicians and pedagogical scientists.
The system has been fully specified in terms of its design using state-of-the-art
software engineering techniques. We have already implemented a first prototype
of the ARTyFACTS learning environment.
We are actively seeking further funding to develop our existing system.
Informal feedback from museum curators and potential students has been
- John Cook
- Anne Baker
- Peter Oriogun
- Stella Odysseos
- Serkan Yazici
Learning Technology Research Institute
London Metropolitan University
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21 December, 2010