As an architectural historian, Professor Caroline Bruzelius works with mathematicians, architects and computer scientists to develop virtual models of ancient buildings and artworks so scholars and laymen can better understand the past. In a live "Office Hours" webcast interview at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, she explains her approach to animating historical objects.
"Space is really like an ameba," Bruzelius said in a talk last year. "Even if it's made out of brick or stone, it changes all the time.
"How can we show process as part of our representation?" she said about dynamic modeling of buildings.
One example of Bruzelius' work is a set of 3D digital models of selected areas of Venice that show how the architecture and layout of the city has changed over time. Another example: She and her students created an animation that allows viewers to visualize how medieval sculptures at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art might have appeared in a church in the Middle Ages.
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Caroline Bruzelius has been teaching at Duke since 1981. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She has published on many topics in relation to French and Italian architecture and sculpture, including the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and the abbey church of St.-Denis, the traditional burial site of the kings of France. In 1985 she moved her primary research field to southern Italy, and since then has been working on Gothic Architecture in Naples and up and down the Italian peninsula. She also published a catalogue of the collection of medieval sculpture in the Duke University Museum of Art (the Nasher Museum). Her present research projects include the architecture of the mendicant friars (the Franciscans and Dominicans) and a database and co-authored book on the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily.
In 1985 Bruzelius was awarded the Duke Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. From 1994 to 1998 she was Director of the American Academy in Rome. She has been awarded numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim, several Fulbright grants in France and in Italy, the North Carolina Humanities Center, and various grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including grants for projects that incorporate digital technologies.
She was born in Stockholm and grew up in South America.
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Artist Talk co-sponsored by the GreaterThanGames Lab, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Program in Information Science + Information Studies as part of the Duke University Visiting Artist Series, "Immersed in Every Sense". Introduction by Bill Seaman.