Copper & Control: A Progress Update from 5CollDH Fellow Wouter Schievink

Context Quotes:“We shape our tool, thereafter they shape us” – Father John Culkin“A computer is nothing but the actualization of man’s greatest desire to possess and control” – The Pattern On The Stone“In order to skillfully operate instruments a human being must internalize aspects of those instruments into their kinesthetic and perceptual habits.” – Joseph WeizenbaumWorking with any specific taxonomy of tools encourages me to leap into holes which exceed my height. For instance, I’ll get sucked into 3D printing, … Read More

The Iron Streets of Pompeii and the Curious Case of Liquid Roman Iron

  One of the great joys and frustrations of academia is coming up against a phenomenon that defies explanation. In 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Juliana van Roggen’s case, it’s asking why there are small iron deposits scattered around the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. In collaboration with an ongoing archaeological project, she’s creating a public, digital resource that maps the city in new and unusual ways. In her own words: Unlike my colleagues, my project does not focus on creation. Instead, I am … Read More