Tool Development for Image Data Literacy: Understanding Digital Art with complex data analysis

Description

The project aims to investigate the potential of visual analysis for image collections within the wider scope of data science. Image databases are an essential tool for research centres, museums and the private sector as well as each individual user of social media. Going beyond collecting and disseminating visual data, we will focus on innovative approaches for the analysis of image collections in online databases. How can image databases be used to extract knowledge and bring together stories? How can textual and visual data be connected? The Archive of Digital Art and the Graphic Collection Göttweig Abbey Online will serve as a testcase and bring together data on contemporary art, art history, its technologies, bibliographies, collaborations. Focusing on comparative analysis between contemporary Media Art and traditional art forms, the project bridges the gap between “the art of our times” and its historical predecessors. Themes imminent to digitization such as Virtual Reality, (bio-)surveillance, Artificial Intelligence are investigated as present and historical phenomena. Given recent advancements in the digitization strategy for Lower Austria, we submit this project proposal for the further development of comparative visual data analysis for digitized and born digital cultural objects. After having received initial support from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and running parallel to a European Commission grant in education for our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Media Arts Cultures, this project will enable the Department of Image Science to expand its position as an internationally-recognized competency center in the field of Media Art. ADA is the pioneering and longest-sustained documentation project in the Media Arts, with a Social and Semantic Web platform, more than 600 Members, and digital assets gathered across 20 years through Community Science and Open Research. Its dataset is a singular asset for Lower Austria, encompassing approximately 50,000 individual digital objects of cultural data (image, text, audio, video, and metadata), with a focus on the technologies behind media artworks. These media artists and their artworks include awardees of the prestigious Lower Austrian Culture Prize. The following research methods and tools will be developed with ADA as digital platform to further develop its position as university-based, comprehensive and scientific Archival Project for Media Art and promote new research in a reciprocal relation to tool development: - Development of visual analysis for comparative iconography and "Light Box" tool for an advanced, and transhistorical image comparison for researchers, students, artists and the interested public. - Visualisation methods: Data on e.g.work descriptions, technology, and keywords will be quantitatively researched and visualized for a systematic determination of term and subject histories. - Online Exhibitions and further involvement strategies: increasement and research of usability via quantitative and qualitative research methods. - Development of an API for a scientific Data exchange with (art historical) repositories and Digital Cultural Heritage projects, e.g. Europeana.

Details

Duration 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2023
Funding Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)
Program
FTI Programm Niederösterreich
Department

Department for Image Sciences

Principle investigator for the project (Danube University Krems) Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau
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