Reconfiguring the rose. Translating a visionary medium of the second millennium into the visionary medium of the third.
Whitbread, Delia (2008) Reconfiguring the rose. Translating a visionary medium of the second millennium into the visionary medium of the third. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
Reconfiguring the Rose is a web-based project utilizing the traditional craft of stained glass as a framework to develop a collaborative virtual artwork using digital media. The aim of the research was to develop a practical, creative approach for producing an effective monumental artwork as a virtual on line exhibit and a real world installation using a rose window template. A pilot project was initiated in order establish a possible mode of practice for collaborative web-based art projects by testing strategies for management of a democratic negotiation process online.
Background research includes study of medieval rose windows in their historical context and an evaluation of contemporary collaborative artworks in the material world as well as virtual reality. There is an examination of current forms of collective art projects on the Internet. Practice based research involved translation of images for effective design of stained glass in digital media, creating a web site and interactive tools. The accompanying website (URL: www.wombrose.co.uk) was designed to facilitate the creation of these individual panels by artists over the Internet by providing historical background to medieval stained glass iconographic principles, clear design specifications and help tools. Seventeen artists participated in the pilot project over a four-month period in 2006. Feedback and data collected from the pilot project was evaluated to judge the success of the negotiation process. The finished rose window, a compilation of the submitted designs, was projected on large scale (5 metres diameter) for audience feedback.
The conclusion reflects on the success of the design development for the new rose window and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the interactive collaboration and negotiation process. New knowledge and areas for future research are indicated. Potential advantages of producing collaborative artworks over the Internet are reflected on in order to benefit the wider artistic community.
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