Time machines.

Boyd Davis, Stephen (2010) Time machines. In: Technology and ‘the death of Art History’: Computers and the History of Art annual conference, 10-11 November 2010, The British Computer Society, London. . [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The chapter is concerned with the use of computers to represent historical time visually, typically as ‘timelines’. Research into the sophisticated practice and theory of early modern paper timelines in the eighteenth century reveals the weakness of current practice, especially on the Web. Behind the work of the early pioneers lay a vision of mechanising knowledge. At that time, this proved a productive metaphor, but in our own time the mechanistic properties of computers have tended to encourage an approach to visualising history that excludes all but the crudest aspects. Solutions are needed which use computing in ways that do justice to the demands of historiography.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): chronology, chronographics, history, visualisation, machine, metaphor, 18th century, Priestley, Barbeu-Dubourg
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 6732
Notes on copyright: Permission granted to author to enter item on to repository (7/11).
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Depositing User: Dr Stephen Boyd Davis
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 10:00
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2021 10:31
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/6732

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