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Digital Geographies of Art
Research Questions

Research Questions

  • What theoretical frameworks can we mobilize to better account for the reciprocal influence between spatial conditions and artistic innovation?
  • Can we analyze multimodal data (texts, images, maps)  to compose a more nuanced and elaborated stance beyond spatial determinism in the study of cultural production? Can we test demic and cultural diffusion models thanks to the access to newly digitized vast collections?
  • Does spatializing cultural production in terms of accessibility and exposure change established accounts of artistic reception and influence? How can we formalize reception as a form of intangible cultural heritage? Does the analytic integration of artistic and architectural objects in their urban and territorial context alter our assumptions about them?
  • Is it possible to compose new, enriched, and linked cartographies of influential artistic periods and geographic locations, such as the travel routes of early travelers?
  • Can the spatialization of cultural production and artistic reception be generalized, and if so to what extent, to encompass the impact on non-traditional or non-figurative arts (e.g. music, filmmaking)?
  • Can we elaborate more adequate geographical and spatial representations of the Grand Tour that capture the importance of sequential and situated viewpoints?
  • How can we use computational tools to tackle anew the relation between textual and cartographic sources in the context of spatializing artistic production, trading, and reception?
  • How does the description and perception of capital places in the Mediterranean evolve from the early modern era until the early 1900s? Can we trace the evolving interest in their hinterland over history?
  • What new insights can we gain from introducing ecocriticism in the study of digital geographies of art?
  • Can we machine-generate interactive virtual environments from the extraction of multimodal data sources that can help the test hypothesis otherwise only accessible through qualitative phenomenological immersion?
  • Can on-orthogonal visual material (historical bird view maps, panoramas etc.) be georeferenced by using non-linear mapping methods?
  • How can gazetteers be enriched with historical geonames across time?
  • How can space in moving images (film) be analyzed by computers?
  • How can we relate textual and visual constructions of space in an illustrated book?
  • What is the impact of digital space constructions (virtual working environments, 3D reconstructions, spatial display of knowledge resources etc.) onto the practices and methodologies of the humanities?