Register now for the February Monthly Membership Meeting: The Digital Piransesi: Where 18th Century Art Meets 21st Century Technology
Wednesday, February 26 @ 11:30am
Jeanne Britton, project leader and curator at the UofSC Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, will introduce the audience to the work of Italian illustrator Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) before guests don a virtual reality headset and step into Piranesi’s “imagined” city of Rome.
The Digital Piranesi team, consisting of 14 students and 17 faculty and advisory board members, is bringing the Irvin Department’s rare, 29-volume set of Piranesi’s complete works, Opere, into the modern era with digital and, under the direction of Jason Porter (School of Journalism and Mass Communication, virtual technology. Ten volumes of Opere will be on display at the event. UofSC is one of fewer than 10 institutions worldwide that holds a complete set of the Opere, published in 1837-9, after Piranesi’s death.
Piranesi was an innovative illustrator, printmaker, historian and art theorist who pushed the limits of his creativity, the printed page and the book itself. Through the course of his life, his multi-plate engravings of views of Rome, including maps, buildings, crypts and prisons, evolved to became elaborate foldouts in bound volumes of books, complete with references in maps and indexes that directed readers through a labyrinth of unnumbered pages between different publications — a body of work well suited to web-based and digital technology.
The Bull St garage has some guest spaces. The guest entrance is the last one when you’re coming from Blossom, at the top of the hill. There are also metered spaces along Blossom close to the rear of the library. To get to the Hollings Special Collection Addition, enter through Thomas Cooper, and walk all the way to the back. Uber and carpooling are encouraged.
Lunch will be provided as a box lunch at the end of the program that you can take back to your office or enjoy on UofSC’s campus.
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AIA Columbia is excited to announce the recipients of our 2019 Clemson Fellowship: Ryan Bing and Joseph Scherer! Ryan and Joseph are first year graduate students at Clemson University’s School of Architecture. AIA Columbia partnered with Professor George Schafer’s first year graduate studio this fall in a design competition for the studio’s Louisville-based project. Ryan and Joseph’s joint project was selected for design excellence and these students will each be awarded a $500 Fellowship in 2020 from AIA Columbia in partnership with AIA National.
Mum’s the word on this studio’s amazing project presentations, as they are currently entered in the upcoming AIA COTE design awards competition in mid-January 2020. Stay tuned to see the final project graphics!