[NetBehaviour] CONFERENCE | Digital Horizons, Virtual Selves | 21 & 22 January 2016.

marc garrett marc.garrett2 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 00:52:57 CET 2016

Hi all,

I noticed this on the New Media Curating list, thought some here may be
interested :-)


CONFERENCE | Digital Horizons, Virtual Selves | 21 & 22 January 2016.

The Research Center for Material Culture of the National Museum of World
Cultures (NMVW) proudly invites you to the international conference:

21 and 22 January 2016

Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden, The Netherlands

How should museums remember the digital age? This conference brings
together curators and theorists to share and explore approaches towards
researching, collecting and displaying digital heritage in the
ethnographic  museum.

In the past two decades digital technologies have become omnipresent in the
museum. They have changed the ways museums document, preserve, make
accessible and present cultural heritage. Ethnographic museums follow this
trend: they have embraced digital technologies as tools for engaging the
public, for cataloguing and disseminating knowledge about their collections
and for democratizing knowledge production. However, scant attention has
been given by these museums to thinking about digital technologies as
cultural objects and practices in their own rights. Ethnographic museums
have in many ways ignored the influence of the digital on cultural dynamics
and practices as well as the subjectivities associated with these
practices. One of the reasons is the pre-occupation with material
authenticity, aura and originality – presumably values that the digital
lacks – which has prevented digital objects to attain the status of
cultural artifacts worthy of a place in museum collections.

As a consequence digital heritage is not yet part of the research,
exhibition and collecting agendas of these museums. This conference aims to
open up a space to create new definitions and roles for digital objects in
the museum, to study the artistic, social, cultural and political aspects
of digital practices and to explore possibilities for collecting and
preserving digital cultures for the future.

Invited speakers will examine questions such as:
- How can ethnographic museums reflect on the impact of digital
technologies on identity, culture and society?
- Should the ethnographic museum offer a memory space for digital practices
and objects, and if so which of those could be of interest?
- How might the study of digital cultural practices enable new perspectives
on collections held by (ethnographic) museums? How might the acquisition of
digital objects challenge what we understand (ethnographic) museum objects,
and associated concepts of material authenticity, originality and aura, to
- To what extent do digital technologies enable a rethinking of the
foundational principles and practices of ethnographic museums and their
colonial past?

Speakers include:
Bart Barendregt (Leiden University), Victoria Bernal (University of
California, Irvine), Robin Boast (University of Amsterdam), Annet Dekker
(Tate, Piet Zwart Institute), Tjarda de Haan (Amsterdam Museum), Katja
Kwastek (VU University Amsterdam), Jessica De Largy Healy (Musée du quai
Branly, Paris), Kieran Long (Victoria & Albert Museum, London), Thomas
Poell (University of Amsterdam), Anna Reading (King's College, London),
Mirko Schäfer (Utrecht University), Stephan Schwingeler (ZKM Center for Art
and Media, Karlsruhe)

Marc Garrett
Co-Founder, Co-Director and main editor ofFurtherfield.

Furtherfield - A living, breathing, thriving network
http://www.furtherfield.org - for art, technology and social change since

Furtherfield Gallery & Commons,
Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
T +44(0)208 802 1301/+44(0)208 802 2827
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