2018-2019 Digital Humanities Fellows Presentations
Presentations by Scholars' Lab's Digital Humanities Fellows Kelli Shermeyer and Sean Tennant from 10:30-12:00 with lunch provided following the talks.
Kelli Shermeyer’s presentation will discuss the performance possibilities, theoretical cruxes, and technical difficulties of using motion capture and augmented reality technologies in theatrical performance. My project, Digital Skriker, explores how these increasingly accessible technologies might change both the ways we think about documenting and archiving movement and the kinds of immersive and interactive performances theater artists are able to create. This talk traces the process of rendering a scene from Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker (1994) in Unity, relating the various challenges that arose to the kinds of technical and aesthetic questions frequently considered by theater artists. How do the capabilities of motion capture enable us to blur boundaries between performance, film, archive, and game?
Sean Tennant’s project is an extension of his dissertation work in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, titled Domestic Spaces in the Roman West: Architectural Adaptation in Gaul, Britannia, and Germania. Employing network analysis methodologies, Sean’s research examines the spatial arrangements of Roman domestic structures as networks of adjacent spaces, quantifying those spaces and looking for broader patterns across the entire area of study. Those emergent patterns are then considered in the context of ongoing discussions about cultural assimilation and change in the frontier provinces of the Roman Empire.