With the aim to respond the kind invitation made by Harald Klinke to be the first speaker of the hackathon Coding Dürer, I thought that my best input could be to draw a general overview of the core concepts and main issues that we need to bear in mind when dealing with data analysis and visualizations. Then, my purpose was to provide a framework for the tasks that we would have to face during the week. Irremediably, my situated perspective as art historian underpins the approach to data analysis and visualizations that is displayed through the presentation.
However, it was only the very beginnings of an intense and fruitful week. I am very grateful to all the participants for allowing me to learn so much, and especially to the Picasso’s group, with which I shared most of the time.
It is clear that hybrid spaces of collaboration, where multiple knowledge fields and backgrounds converge, represent an invaluable scenario to model new ways of approaching art-historical problems (traditional and new ones) and to shed light over the researching possibilities brought about by the the digital paradigm.