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Haptic insights: model making as historical methodology

Baugh, Cat Fergusson



This article explores the value of digital reconstruction practice to the theatre historian in general but in particular the historian concerned with exploring visual histories offered by the areas of theatre design and architecture. It will articulate differences between the expectations and reality of digital reconstruction as illustration (both fixed and interactive) and suggest caveats and opportunities offered by digital (and virtual) outputs as a mode of communication. While the article will explore practice and critical commentary related to reconstruction as illustration, it will focus in more detail on the model as practice as research. The intention is to explore the methodological value of reconstructive practice in the process of the historian and identify possibilities for communicating the tacit knowledge generated by these approaches in ways which move beyond the simple presentation of visualised outputs as illustration.


Baugh, C. F. (2018). Haptic insights: model making as historical methodology. Theatre and performance design, 4(1-2), 83-100.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2018
Publication Date Apr 3, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2019
Print ISSN 2332-2551
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1-2
Pages 83-100
Keywords Theatre; Digital; Reconstruction; Models; VR
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Theatre and performance design. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.
Contract Date Apr 18, 2018


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