Francesca Albrezzi  has worked with museums for over a decade, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.), the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris, France), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, California). She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as a Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate through UCLA's Center for Digital Humanities.  Her dissertation interrogates modes of publishing, display, and information capture in museums and archives that illustrate a break from “traditional” models, and argues that digital modalities provide a distinctly different paradigm for epistemologies of art and culture that offer greater contextualized understandings. Specifically, she is interested in spectrums of immersive experience within GLAM organizations as offered by technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 photo and video capture. Albrezzi also has significant experience developing digital tools, such as The Getty Scholars’ Workspace™ for conducting collaborative arts research and preservation. She is a HASTAC Scholar, has taught within the field of Digital Humanities for four years at UCLA, and helped to produce an online digital art history textbook.

Ongoing Research Interests: Digital Art History, Digital Culture, Museums, Media Studies, Immersive Technologies, Object Personhood

 

Dissertation Working Title: "Virtual Actuality: Technology, Museums, and Immersion"

 

Dissertation Prospectus Abstract:

This dissertation builds discussions around the use of digital technologies in association with art and art historical contexts to ask greater cultural heritage questions regarding humanity’s relationship with digital technology. By reflecting on the emergence of digital humanities as a field in response to the experimentation and incorporation of digital methods in conducting humanities research, I will investigate what digital tools bring to the field of art history today. In particular, the project will interrogate modes of publishing, display, and information capture in museums and archives that illustrate a break from “traditional” models, and argue that digital modalities provide a distinctly different paradigm for epistemologies of art and culture that offer greater contextualized understandings. The research is conducted through three case studies: the first digital critical facsimile edition published by the Getty Research institute, a digital art exhibition held at the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts, and experimental 360 capture work in museum spaces. In each case, the concept of immersion plays an essential role, from deep involvement to suspension of disbelief. The dissertation extends previous research in museum studies and media studies by addressing the latest technological interventions within museum and cultural heritage contexts.

Master's Thesis Title: "Visiting Digital Tombstones: Unearthing Questions of Digital Personhood, Commemoration, and Remembrance Processes"

 

Master's Thesis Abstract:

In this paper, I investigate digital device users and their relationships with devices in order to tease out the ways human and computer interactions are shaping concepts of personhood by utilizing Alfred Gell’s concepts of the art nexus and the distributed person as frameworks for examining digital applications that are being incorporated by some users in processes of remembrance and mourning. First, I consider the metaphorical vocabulary and terminology applied to technical tools and their use, which ascribe a level of agency to the technological objects or systems. Secondly, I dissect two applications that were developed to run in tandem with the social networking platforms Twitter and Facebook, and designed to directly address processes of death, loss, and remembrance through the digital social network. I evaluate the two digital applications, called ifidie.net and LIVESON, to consider the ways in which people are incorporating digital devices and digital media into critical cultural practices, particularly those related to death and remembrance.

30 | CURATOR | DIGITAL HUMANIST | EDUCATOR | IMMERSIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | PHD CANDIDATE | FOUNDER OF FADAC

 

2006  [ MUSEUM DIRECTOR’S OFFICE ASSISTANT FOR SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART ]

2007  [ SMITHSONIAN STUDENT RESEARCHER FOR THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY ]

2008  [ EXHIBITION CURATOR FOR THE SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART -  EXHIBITION ENTITLED AMERICA: A WORK IN PROGRESS USING THE CUNNINGHAM CENTER’S AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION. ]

2009  [ AWARDED A B.A. FROM SMITH COLLEGE IN ART HISTORY WITH A SELF-DESIGNED MINOR IN AMERICAN STUDIES ]

2010  [ UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP ]

2011  [ EDITORIAL ASSISTANT AT THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE  ]

2012  [ RESEARCH ASSISTANT AND PROJECT COORDINATOR AT THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE ]

           [ COORDINATOR AND PRESENTER INTERNATIONAL TERMINOLOGY WORKING GROUP AT THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE ]

           [ TEACHING ASSISTANT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES ]

2013  [ FOUNDED FADAC ]

2014  [ INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER AT THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE GETTY SCHOLARS' WORKSPACE ]

           [ FIRST STUDENT IN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM TO USE HTML5/CSS TO FILL FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT ]

           [ INSTITUTE COORDINATOR FOR UCLA’S DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROGRAM’S DIGITAL ART HISTORY SUMMER INSTITUTE ENTITLED "BEYOND THE DIGITIZED SLIDE LIBRARY" ]

2015  [ AWARDED A M.A. IN CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE AT UCLA ]

           [ INSTITUTE COORDINATOR FOR UCLA’S DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROGRAM’S SECOND DIGITAL ART HISTORY SUMMER INSTITUTE ENTITLED "BEYOND THE DIGITIZED SLIDE LIBRARY" ]

2016  [ GUEST CURATOR FOR THE TAIWAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - EXHIBITION ENTITLED: HOT BODY, COOL TECH: PERFORMATIVE AND CHOREOGRAPHED BODIES IN NEW MEDIA - 09.09~11.12.2017 ]

           [ AUTHOR, WEB ENGINEER, AND PUBLICATION COORDINATOR FOR UCLA’S DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROGRAM’S ONLINE TEXBOOK DIGITAL ART HISTORY 101 BASED ON THE TWO "BEYOND THE DIGITIZED SLIDE LIBRARY" SUMMER INSTITUTES ]

2017  [ INTERPRETIVE DESIGNER AND 360 ONLINE ANNOTATED TOUR BUILDER FOR A YOUNG RESEARCH LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS EXHIBITION AT UCLA ENTITLED THE INDUSTRY OF UPLIFT: SILENT RACE FILM, THE LINCOLN MOTION PICTURE COMPANY, AND GEORGE P. JOHNSON ]

           [ CURATORIAL ASSISTANT AT THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM FOR THE EXHIBITION ENTITLED CENTER STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN SILENT RACE FILMS ]

2018  [ ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY DEPARTMENT OF WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE AT UCLA ]