A five days inter­na­tion­al and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Hackathon for Art His­to­ry and Infor­ma­tion Science

March 13 – 17, 2017, Munich, Germany


Cul­tur­al data analy­sis and visu­al­iza­tion are impor­tant meth­ods and research fields both for art his­to­ri­ans and infor­ma­tion sci­en­tists. Thus, the goal of this Spring School is to bring art his­to­ri­ans and infor­ma­tion sci­en­tists togeth­er to work on data.

Art his­to­ry is on the brink of new research meth­ods. Qual­i­ta­tive research is being aug­ment­ed with dig­i­tal meth­ods. While the tra­di­tion­al approach of art his­to­ry is to com­pare sin­gle art­works and place them in the his­toric con­text of the his­to­ry of art (close view­ing), the com­put­er can process and com­pare whole data­bas­es with mil­lions of images which allows new insights into col­lec­tions and oeu­vres (dis­tant viewing).

Art his­to­ri­ans have always used data – visu­al data. The slide library has been the resource of repro­duc­tion from orig­i­nal art­works. With image data­bas­es in use that con­tain dig­i­tal visu­al data, that infor­ma­tion can be sub­ject to com­put­er aid­ed analy­sis. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for art his­tor­i­cal research and will impact infor­ma­tion sci­ence as well.

This Spring School is a Hackathon to pro­pel inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research at the inter­sec­tion of art his­to­ry and infor­ma­tion sci­ence. The Spring School intends to devel­op a dig­i­tal work­flow with an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of stu­dents and researchers. The aim is to prac­ti­cal­ly show the poten­tial and perime­ters of data analy­sis in the visu­al Dig­i­tal Human­i­ties and at the same time the­o­ret­i­cal­ly reflect on the mixed meth­ods used. There­fore, along­side skills and tools, a reflec­tion on the meth­ods – how quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods add (not sub­sti­tute) to qual­i­ta­tive meth­ods – will be an inte­gral part of this event.


Par­tic­i­pants should apply with a short moti­va­tion state­ment includ­ing their inter­ests, exper­tise and affil­i­a­tion. Accom­mo­da­tion in Munich is being cov­ered and trav­el expens­es up to 200€ can be refunded.

Max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants: 20 art his­to­ri­ans and 20 infor­ma­tion sci­en­tists; note that this inter­dis­ci­pli­nary call is also open to oth­er disciplines.

Tar­get Group: stu­dents, research assis­tants, pro­fes­sors from art his­to­ry and infor­ma­tion sci­ence depart­ments and muse­um professionals.

Keynote speak­ers:

Prof. Dr. Lev Manovich

Dr Anna Bentkowska-Kafel

Prof. Dr. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega

Dr. Justin Underhill

Work­ing lan­guage: English

Require­ments: Bring your own laptop

Offi­cial Hash­tag: #Cod­ing­Dur­er


Appli­ca­tions accept­ed until Jan­u­ary 10, 2017 via this appli­ca­tion form.

Noti­fi­ca­tions can be expect­ed by Jan­u­ary 15.

If you have any ques­tions, please don’t hes­i­tate to get in con­tact with us at info@​codingdurer.​de


Dr. Har­ald Klinke, M.Sc., Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Edi­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal for Dig­i­tal Art His­to­ry, Depart­ment of Art His­to­ry, Lud­wig-Max­i­m­il­ians-Uni­ver­si­ty Munich, Germany.

Son­ja Gasser M.A., PhD stu­dent in the pro­gram “Dig­i­tal Art His­to­ry”, Lud­wig-Max­i­m­il­ians-Uni­ver­si­ty Munich, and Dig­i­tal Human­i­ties Lab, Uni­ver­si­ty of Basel, Switzerland.

Orga­nized by:

LMU Munich: Digitale Kunstgeschichteand DH Lab + Universität Basel

Fund­ed by:


Host­ed by:

Hubert Burda Media

Pre­sent­ed by:

International Journal for Digital Art History