Studio 19

IMAGING - A Museum Made Digital

Ben Waters

Studio Description

Studio IMAGING - A Museum Made Digital is a research and design unit that introduces students to critical views on imaging technologies, by digitally reproducing and organizing buildings, objects and landscapes. The process of working in this studio will be focused on developing skills and knowledge in 3D scanning, photography and virtual reality. Using these mediums as a lens to critically observe objects and spaces, students will learn curatorial processes, VR/AR, digital design, image making and 3D printing. The studio will 3D scan a selection of artefacts from the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s classics and archaeology collection. Using this scan data as content, students will be asked to design virtual exhibition and archive spaces for the museum.

Studio Outcome

Design projects will be represented via virtual, interactive 3 dimensional models. Each student will be asked to design a ‘virtual room’ which displays a scanned art object, and its related archival material. These rooms will be mediated by a second, ‘real room,’ designed and located in the museum building. The studio aims to open up the hidden archive of the museum to a public audience using advanced technologies.

Studio Leader

Ben Waters is founder of SIII Projects and principal at OSK Architects. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from RMIT University, and studied at Parsons School of Design, New York. In 2014, Ben was awarded a residency position at Berlin’s Centre for Art and Urbanistics (ZKU), and currently holds a residency at ACMI X Melbourne. He has taught masters design studios at MSD since 2015.

Readings & References

  • "Everything is Already an Image" - John May
  • "Digital Doppelgangers - Future Scanscapes" - ScanLab
  • "Not Vanna Venturi House" - ARM Architects
  • "The Reality of the Virtual" -Slavoj Zizek
  • "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" - Walter Benjamin
  • Alberti's Media Lab - "Mario Carpo"

Schedule Mondays 18:15-21:15 in Room 240; Thursdays 09:00-12:00 Room 237

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