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Title: Reconfiguring the rose : translating a visionary medium of the second millennium into the visionary medium of the third
Author: Whitbread, Delia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3566 7516
Awarding Body: University of Sunderland
Current Institution: University of Sunderland
Date of Award: 2008
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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 ofpractice for collaborative web-based art projects by testing strategies for management ofa democratic negotiation process online. Background research includes study ofmedieval rose windows in their historical context and an evaluation ofcontemporary 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 ofimages for effective design of stained glass in digital media, creating a web site and interactive tools. The accompanying website (URL: 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 ofthe 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 ofproducing collaborative artworks over the Internet are reflected on in order to benefit the wider artistic community.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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