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  • Just In Time: defining historical chronographics

Boyd Davis, Stephen, Bevan, Emma and Kudikov, Aleksei, 2010, Conference or Workshop, Just In Time: defining historical chronographics at Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, British Computer Society, 5 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA, 5-7 July 2010.

Abstract or Description:

The paper is historical in two respects, both concerned with visual representations of past time. Its first purpose is to enquire how visual representations of historical time can be used to bring out patterns in a museum collection. A case study is presented of the visualisation of data with sufficient subtlety to be useful to historians and curators. Such a visual analytics approach raises questions about the proper representation of time and of objects and events within it. It is argued that such chronographics can support both an externalised, objectivising point of view from ‘outside’ time and one which is immersive and gives a sense of the historic moment. These modes are set in their own historical context through original historical research, highlighting the shift to an Enlightenment view of time as a uniform container for events. This in turn prompts new ways of thinking about chronological visualisation, in particular the separation of the ‘ideal’ image of time from contingent, temporary rendered views.

Official URL: http://tinyurl.com/2v8w6qh
School or Centre: School of Design
Uncontrolled Keywords: Timeline. Chronology. Chronographics. Time. Visualisation. History. Museums.
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 08:52
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 17:45
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/895

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