These have been crazy days for some of us at CulturePlex. As I mentioned in the last post, people are coming and going all the time this month. In fact, it is so busy that I am having a hard time keeping up with everything that is going on.
Today’s post was supposed to be a brief summary of the Lab presentations that went on last week with Javier de la Rosa and Mohammed Afama as the presenters. Because I would like to keep it short, I will only address Javier’s presentation for now and will discuss Mohammed’s in the following one.
Javier gave us a brief overview of the talk Dr. Juan Luis Suárez, Dr. Fernando Sancho Caparrini and himself will be giving on June 8th at the 2nd Leonardo Satellite Symposium at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. Javier explained that for their paper they had analyzed the network of Hispanic baroque paintings from 1550 to 1850. Furthermore, he drew a clear picture of the methodology used and shared with us some of the interesting results. The main question the study centres on is the evolutionary role of art and symbolic networks in the sustainability of global communities. As such, the data set of 11,443 works from Spain and Latin America was divided in 25 year periods in order to study the evolution of the paintings’ 211 descriptors or properties. Based on their findings, the authors propose that art is another institution that contributes to the arising and sustainability of large-scale societies. The presence of this paper at such a highly prestigious conference speaks loudly for its quality. Congratulations, Juan Luis, Fernando and Javier! We wish you the best of luck in Budapest! Bon voyage!!