Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage


MSL2500H — Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage

The growing relationship between museums and information is visible in almost all fields of contemporary museum practice. To elucidate this relationship, this course introduces museum documentation and digital collection theory and practice through a historical examination of museum collections, cataloguing practices, and art historical, archaeological and anthropological approaches to the analysis of objects; it explores how information technologies change museums as sites for art curatorship, as infrastructures for scholarship, and as memory institutions – guardians of authenticity and intellectual preservation of the past; finally, it examines critically how interactivity and narrative may determine cognitive access and learning through virtual exhibition, how VR and ambient intelligence may introduce affect in gallery interpretation, and how folksonomies, presence and personalization technologies may empower museum audiences through dialogue and participation.