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Victorian Eyes Exhibition scheduled for Science Fest, September 26-29, 2013 in the WID and Memorial Library, March 2014.

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"Victorian Eyes” is a traveling art exhibition that examines Victorian literature from literary, statistical, and artistic vantages. With the modern deluge of media and information, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of data available. With “Victorian Eyes,” we aim to inspire both specialists within our fields and nonspecialists to think about how the intersections of literature, statistics, and art can help us “see,” analyze, and explain large amounts of data. While our fields may seem like an eclectic grouping, all deal in varying modes with perspective, which is the unifying theme this exhibition is designed to explore. One intriguing literary and statistical finding (based on word frequencies, words lengths, unique words, etc.) functions as the muse for each art piece in our exhibition. Each art piece also features a QR code that links to a page on this website where more detailed information about the literary, statistical, and artistic perspectives about the results can be found.


In addition to the exhibition, we are also planning an afternoon seminar and reception in partnership with the Humanities Research Bridge. The seminar, Data in the Humanities Plus Art (DH+A), will question how art can contribute to the analysis of humanities data. The controversy surrounding the digital humanities involves fear of taking the “human” out of humanities. Can the combination of literature, statistics, and art alleviate these concerns and make the approaches to and value in computational methods more accessible? Or, is this line of inquiry the equivalent of parlor tricks and little more? Can computational approaches give texts an opportunity to speak to us with a clearer voice than we have ever heard, which art can then (re-)translate or make accessible to a wider audience? We anticipate a lively discussion among a diverse audience of science and humanities scholars and the public at large. We hope to see you there.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the exhibition victorianeyesuwisc@gmail.com


Links to exhibition art pages:

The Great Unread: Untold Numbers Wood sculpture, walnut, 14.5” x 17.25” x 2.5”

Word Length Landscapes: 4.7 4.2 3.7 Framed print 23” x 11”

"Little" "Time" in a Century: .05% Framed print 20” x 16”

Frankenstein's Frequencies: 123 Framed print 23” x 11”

His and Hers Inkwells: 1500 Sculpture, brass, plastic 10” x 6” x 3”

Roll of the Topics: 5 10 20 Wood sculpture, walnut, cherry, 26” x 15” x 13”

Stop List: ∞ Lace sculpture with embroidery, 8” x 24”

Predicting Dickens: 7-12 Sculpture, wool, wood



CompCouture, the team:

Fred Boehm, M.D., is a Ph.D. student in Statistics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center. He develops methods for high-dimensional statistical inference with applications to genomics, cancer biology, and text mining.

Catherine DeRose is a PhD Candidate in English literature. Her work focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, digital studies, and print culture.

Carrie Roy, Ph.D. is coordinator for the Humanities Research Bridge and through her research and art explores physical and digital "interfaces" as they relate to cultural ideas and how they serve to order and convey information. Her interests span ethnography, technology, and art.


A link to an article on the project.


'Victorian Eyes' Exhibit Lends New Understanding of Literature from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.