The Buddahs at
VDL Categories: Visual Culture
Skill set being developed
- Ability to analyze role of visual
materials in different cultural contexts
- Awareness of impact of computer
graphics (CS) on recording and preserving 3D visual materials
- Knowledge of moral and legal
"rights" to culturally important visual materials
are not the only area in which the concept of "visual truth" is
becoming more complex.
Interactive multimedia software
Examples of relevant applications of the
- The Ghiberti doors in Florence
- The virtual Lascaux
- The Digital Michelangelo Project
- Discuss the pros and cons of
recreating the Bamiyan Buddhas. Some things to consider include:
- Why were they destroyed in
the first place?
- Who has a right, if anyone,to
prevent important cultural artifacts from being destroyed?
- Who would pay for reconstruction
- Would the empty spaces be
more effective than reconstructed Buddahs?
- What about the destruction
that took place before the Taliban blew up the sculptures (removal of
faces and hands)? Should the statues be reconstructed as they were right
before being blown up? Or as the were originally created?
- What if all "cultural
heritage" sites were digitized and could be rebuilt at any time?
Should any be built in new contexts? Should numbers be limited? Who would
own the rights to such rebuilding?
- Should governments own VR
rights to their cultural possessions?
- Participation in discussion