Laura Kelly-Bowditch, 2013-2014 DML Assistant

posted on 22 Oct 2013 17:20 by Laura Kelly-Bowditch
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Hello, I’m Laura, a second year MA student. I was attracted to the program offered by the BGC because it brought together my undergrad studies in history and archaeology. Objects, I had learned in school and later at work, tell different stories than texts alone and I was excited to unite all of my experiences and interests at grad school.

I was introduced to the work going on at the DML last year through my participation in a project to scan and create a 3D model of a knight’s armor at the Metropolitan Museum, as well as through using SketchUp in an exhibition design class. Over the summer, I continued my foray into digital media at the Brooklyn Museum’s Digital Lab. It has become increasingly obvious to me through my coursework, as well as on the job, that digital media is becoming essential to the modern scholar of art, history, and museums. I am excited to be in the DML this year expanding my knowledge base of digital humanities in the museum world, 3D technologies, and other digital platforms as they relate to decorative arts, design history, and material culture.

I am particularly eager to work more with 3D technologies. Experimenting with photogrammetry—creating a 3D model out of a series of photos—on the Metropolitan’s knight project was fascinating and opens up a new world of possibilities for the uses of these technologies in museums. At the Brooklyn Museum, the BGC’s gallery, and at other institutions across the city, I have seen digital media in action and I am excited to explore new outlets for their use in cultural institutions.

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