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Thursday, April 27- Saturday, May 20, 2017
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 AM-5:30 PM
Saturdays, 10 AM-4 PM

ICAT: Open (at the) Source

Sensing Place

Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor

ICAT: Open (at the) Source enables visitors to explore and experience the research and innovation that’s happening within the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). The upcoming Sensing Place exhibition opens up a conversation about how we acquire a connection to a place through various means and will include sound recordings, visual images, laser scans, documentary footage, and field observations.

Rachel Weaver, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech

The Long View is an experimental documentary about memory, ways of knowing a place, and coping with drastic ecological change in rural Alaska. When the landscape around you begins to transform, inherited stories become less believable. Community histories start to fracture and local knowledge that once held truths seem to become just stories. The Long View takes a close look at places embedded with community narrative and illustrates the dismantling and re-piecing of the self in the context of a place that feels suddenly unfamiliar.

Timothy Baird, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech
Pablo Tarazaga, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
David Kniola, School of Education, Virginia Tech
Sa’ed Alajlouni, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Sachin Bharambe, M.S. candidate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

How much do you move when you’re sitting still? When you’re chatting with a friend? When you’re talking with a stranger? How much do you move when you’re sitting in a classroom? When you’re speaking? When you’re listening? And when you’re really listening? How much do you move when you’re learning or being creative? And how does the space you’re in affect the space you’re in affect your movements? Lastly, how do these movements relate to your sense of engagement with a place?

The BUILD project (Boosting University Infrastructure for Learning + Discovery) is currently exploring these and other questions by integrating social science approaches with sophisticated sensing technologies, including accelerometers and motion capture cameras. While this project is in its early stages, future breakthroughs could transform how we promote human engagement, interact with different environments, and build supportive communities.

Thomas Tucker, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech
Dongsoo Choi, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech
Erik Westman, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech
Todd Ogle, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, Virginia Tech
David Cline, Department of History, Virginia Tech
David Hicks, School of Education, Virginia Tech
Daniel Newcomb, graduate student, M.A. candidate, History and Education, Virginia Tech
Yves Massotte, Amis de Vauquois, France
Celine Beauchamp and Adrien Arles, Arkemine, Rescue Archeology, France

Media convergence has changed how we understand what it means to be literate in a multimodal, information-rich society. It has also changed how we think about our research and teaching in our disparate fields. Funded through an ICAT SEAD (Science, Engineering, Arts, and Design) Major Initiative grant, this work makes use of several innovative technologies that the team employed in the novel context of creating an immersive environment. Our combination of data collection, curation, processing, and learning-experience design results in a product that is on the cutting edge of historical site exploration and informal education.

This collection exhibits a sample of work completed during the summer of 2016 at the Butte de Vauquois (Vauquois Hill) near Verdun, France. Once a picturesque village, Vauquois became critical high ground that was contested for four years by the French and Germans during World War I, with the Americans finally taking the position during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918. It was composed of numerous underground tunnels and chambers, or galleries, that were strategically dug to facilitate underground explosive attacks. In July 2014 a Franco-American team performed three-dimensional mapping of a small portion of the German galleries at Vauquois and an aboveground observation post.

The team performed the most thorough digital survey to date of the above- and below-ground topology and human-made features of Vauquois Hill. The site work included laser scanning above and below ground, photogrammetry below ground and from an aerial platform, ground-penetrating radar, and 360-degree video. The photographs and video vignettes presented here provide a sense of the atmosphere of Vauquois and the transdisciplinary collaboration that made this work possible.

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