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The Digital Image as Material Object: Archaeologies of Computer Graphics

The Cinema and Media Studies program invites you to 
The Digital Image as Material Object : Archaeologies of Computer Graphics
presented by Professor Jacob Gaboury, Film & Media, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, March 14, 2022 [add to gcal]
questions? please reach out to Prof Nick Gutierrez []

The computer is not a visual medium, and yet computation as we know it today has been fundamentally shaped by computer graphics. It was the desire to make computation legible and accessible to human users that drove researchers to develop systems for graphical human-machine communication, and while visual representation is in no way essential to the theory of computing or the practice of procedural calculation, computer graphics played a significant role in the development of the computer as a technical medium, and for shaping our modern understanding of what computers are for and can do. This talk engages this seventy year history, arguing that computer graphics mark a transformation in the very notion of what computing is through the imposition of a formal logic tied to a theory of the world as a structure of visible, interactive objects.

Jacob Gaboury is an Associate Professor of Film & Media at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in the history of digital image technologies and their impact on our contemporary visual culture. His work has appeared in a range of popular and academic publications, including Grey Room, the Journal of Visual CultureCamera ObscuraDebates in the Digital HumanitiesRhizome, and Art Papers, and has been supported by a number of fellowships and organizations in the history of science and technology, including the ACM History Fellowship, the IEEE Life Members Fellowship, the Charles Babbage Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. His first book is titled Image Objects: An Archaeology of Computer Graphics (MIT Press 2021), and it traces a material history of early computer graphics through a set of five objects that structure the production and circulation of all digital images today.
This presentation is a part of the Boston Cinema/Media Seminar Series. 



The 2022 Dr. Ruth E. Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture: Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles

The 2022 Ruth Morris Bakwin Lecture, a picture of the Alhambra set in a mountainside landscape

presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles,  Debra L. Mitchell Chair in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
An historian of Islamic art and architecture, Dr. Ruggles’ research examines the medieval landscape of Islamic Spain and South Asia and the complex interrelationship of Islamic culture with Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism and the precise ways that religion and culture are often conflated in the study of these. She is the author of two award-winning books on gardens: Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain (2000), and Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (2008). Additionally she has edited or co-edited numerous works, including Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies (2000), the award-winning Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision (2007), Cultural Heritage and Human Rights (2007), Intangible Heritage Embodied (2009), On Location (2012), and Islamic Art and Visual Culture: An Anthology of Sources (2011).



Slade Graduate Applications Now Open

The Slade Graduate Fellowships provide financial aid for graduating seniors and alumnae to pursue graduate studies in Art History and Studio Art. At her death, Mary Clothier Slade (1865-1953) left funds to a variety of charitable and philanthropic institutions. She included Wellesley as a recipient because her son, Bernard Heyl, was Kimball Professor of Art at Wellesley from 1931 to 1965. According to Professor Heyl, through art “our powers are expanded, our enjoyment enriched, our understanding of the world and its people broadened and deepened.”

A committee comprised of Art Department faculty will name a recipient in Art History and Studio Art, based on merit and need. Applicants may be either graduating seniors or alumnae of Wellesley College, and must have been Art History or Studio Art majors or minors. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program during the 2022-23 academic year to be eligible for this fellowship. Prior Slade Graduate Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply again. The fellowship can be used to offset graduate school expenses or to fund specific research or projects related to an applicant’s degree, and will be approximately $6,000 each. Incomplete applications will not be considered; please follow up with your recommenders well ahead of the deadline to make sure they will submit letters on your behalf.






ARPIL 2022

Slade Graduate Applications due April 15

MARCH 2022

The Frank Williams Visiting Artist Series: Johanna Unzueta 
Friday, March 5, 2022 - Open to the Wellesley Community only

The Digital Image as Material ObjectJacob Gaboury
Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm


The 2022 Dr. Ruth E. Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture: Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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