Museums in a Digital Culture

How Art and Heritage Became Meaningful

Edited by Chiel van den Akker and Susan Legêne

Museums in a Digital Culture

Edited by Chiel van den Akker and Susan Legêne

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

142 pages | 8 color plates | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9789089646613 Published July 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The experience of engaging with art and history has been utterly transformed by information and communications technology in recent decades. We now have virtual, mediated access to countless heritage collections and assemblages of artworks, which we intuitively browse and navigate in a way that wasn’t possible until very recently. This collection of essays takes up the question of the cultural meaning of the information and communications technology that makes these new engagements possible, asking questions like: How should we theorize the sensory experience of art and heritage? What does information technology mean for the authority and ownership of heritage?
 
Contents
Introduction
Museums in a Digital Culture: How Art and Heritage Become Meaningful
            Chiel van den Akker and Susan Legêne

1. Touched from a Distance
            The Practice of Affective Browsing
            Martijn Stevens

2. Visual Touch
            Ekphrasis and Interactive Art Installations
            Cecilia Lindhé

3. Breathing Art
            Art as an Encompassing and Participatory Experience
            Christina Grammatikopoulou

4. Curiosity and the Fate of Chronicles and Narratives                                
            Chiel van den Akker

5. Networked Knowledge and Epistemic Authority in the Development of Virtual Museums
            Anne Beaulieu and Sarah de Rijcke

6. Between History and Commemoration
            The Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands
            Serge ter Braake

7. From the Smithsonian’s MacFarlane Collection to Inuvialuit Living History
            Kate Hennessy

Conclusion
            Chiel van den Akker

Notes on Contributors
Index
List of Figures

 
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