Reviving Palmyra in Multiple Dimensions: Images, Ruins and Cultural Memory
This seminar will be based on a recently published book Reviving Palmyra in Multiple Dimensions: Images, Ruins and Cultural Memory, co-authored by Silver, Fangi, and Denker (2017). The project is a visual reconstruction of Palmyra, a World Heritage Site situated in Syria, which flourished in Greco-Roman times. Palmyra is situated in a desert oasis and served as a vibrant caravan station on the Silk Road connecting the Roman world with the East. It has been called 'the Queen of the Desert' and 'Venice of the Sands'. In 2015-2016 the city was conquered by ISIS who destroyed its monuments and museum, also killing several of its inhabitants. Their aim was to erase the memory and identity of the place, its people and their common heritage. However, through the use of modern technology including photogrammetry, digital imagery and 3D modelling, it has been possible to recreate the documented monuments, thus overcoming to some extent the trauma, cultural destruction and loss. The seminar will unveil the rediscovery of the site by the West and discuss the process of revival and reconstruction of the ancient city and its history.
Professor Ahmet Denker, İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering