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Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age

Geismar, HL; (2018) Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age explores the nature of digital objects in museums, asking us to question our assumptions about the material, social and political foundations of digital practices. Through four wide-ranging chapters, each focused on a single object – a box, pen, effigy and cloak – this short, accessible book explores the legacies of earlier museum practices of collection, older forms of media (from dioramas to photography), and theories of how knowledge is produced in museums on a wide range of digital projects. Swooping from Ethnographic to Decorative Arts Collections, from the Google Art Project to bespoke digital experiments, Haidy Geismar explores the object lessons contained in digital form and asks what they can tell us about both the past and the future. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience working with collections across the world, Geismar argues for an understanding of digital media as material, rather than immaterial, and advocates for a more nuanced, ethnographic and historicised view of museum digitisation projects than those usually adopted in the celebratory accounts of new media in museums. By locating the digital as part of a longer history of material engagements, transformations and processes of translation, this book broadens our understanding of the reality effects that digital technologies create, and of how digital media can be mobilised in different parts of the world to very different effects.

Type: Book
Title: Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age
ISBN-13: 9781787352810
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787352810
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787352810
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Haidy Geismar, 2018 Images © Copyright holders named in captions, 2018 This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Geismar, H. 2018. Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. London: UCL Press. DOI: https:// doi.org/ 10.14324/ 111.9781787352810 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http:// creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: Digital Age, Museum, Arts, Object
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047967
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