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Creating a digital archive of Andean textiles: looking back, looking ahead

  • Speaker: Dr Luciana Martins, Co-Director of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck.
  • Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00
  • Location: Room 151, Birkbeck Main Building

Led by CILAVS, the AHRC-funded research project "Weaving Communities of Practice" was undertaken in partnership with the London Knowledge Lab and the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara in Bolivia. The project involved an interdisciplinary team, working between the UK and South America, in archaeological, historical, geographic, linguistic, ethnographical and computer science research. Developing a simple technical language oriented towards understanding the structures and techniques of Andean textiles from a weaver’s point of view, it used innovative methodologies, combining work in museum collections and fieldwork, digital documentation and information visualization, and an ontological modelling of these data. In this talk, I reflect on the challenges faced in the development of the project and future possibilities.