Monday, 11 January - Friday, 15 January 2021

The Art Museum in the Digital Age – 2021

International Online Conference

The Belvedere Research Center organizes its third international conference on the digital transformation of the art museum. The 2021 edition will focus on online collections and the re-contextualization of the museum object in the digital universe.

During the COVID lock down, the call for online availability of museum objects became louder. Many museums responded immediately by putting existing content online and introducing tools to enable virtual visits. This push again highlights the potential of online collections: they allow both expert and lay audiences to explore and enjoy the collection, either as a goal in itself, or as a means to plan a visit. However, the value, or at least the usability, of the digitized materials (i.e., images and information) in the web’s massive eco-system depends to a large extent on their uniqueness and trustworthiness.

Following this rationale, the five-day event will gather contributions addressing primarily – but not exclusively – the following topics.

 

The museum as a digital knowledge repository
The museum’s nucleus is its collection. All activities gravitate toward it. Even in a “world of virtual communication,” the “museum’s authenticity [...] lies undaunted in the material artefact,” as media theorist Wolfgang Ernst stressed in 2012. The digitization of museum objects thus aims to generate sustainable surrogates that are accessible 24/7. As a consequence, the collection is transformed into an information repository that can serve multiple purposes for multiple audiences.

Papers can address the digital mediation of museum content as well as the opportunities and challenges of digital strategies. Analyses and case studies on the manifold possibilities and methodological approaches of digitization, visualization and gamification of collections, documentation, indexing, contextualization, annotation, and archiving in the digital realm are also welcome. What role do interactive formats play in audience development? Is the use of digital media seen as an obstacle to the aesthetic perception of the original? Image-viewer-relationships would also need to be examined more closely in this regard. To what extent do the qualities of perception differ from originals, their digital surrogates and possible virtual extensions? Is an aesthetic experience of artworks in the digital space possible at all? What are the options and limits of knowledge formation? Can cultural phenomena and historical processes ultimately be made visible by means of databases? What is the potential of digital collections or their virtual presentations?

 

The Online Collection - a matter of access
The digital documentation of cultural heritage can be seen as basis for a universal memory, provided it is readily (and freely) accessible. Thus, the digitization of the collection requires at the same time rapid, uncomplicated, but also free and open access for different audiences as well as educational, research and cultural institutions. Open content programs support “intellectual and creative freedom” and create “transparency, participation, resonance and appreciation” (Bernhard Maaz, Das gedoppelte Museum, 2020). In order to become embedded in the semantic web, the latest technologies and data standards are used, enabling links between diverse systems. Machine readability, artificial intelligence and efficient re-use by various platforms and devices are being developed.

Papers can address digital workflows, infrastructures, internal and external processes or applications and may raise epistemological questions. Why is a theoretical foundation for an open digital museum needed? Is there a danger that new technologies will take on a life of their own and determine content? Given the sharing of data and participatory formats: where does the museum space begin and end? What does this mean in legal terms? What kind of questions does the use of Artificial Intelligence in museums raise? What role does digital accessibility play?

 

We look forward to receiving your proposals for topics in the fields of museum/museology, art and cultural history, media studies and digital humanities. Please send your abstracts for a 20- to 25-minute presentation in German or English (max. 250 words), including a short biography with complete contact information as one PDF document until September 1, 2020 to:
j.aufreiter@belvedere.at

 

Prof. Ross Parry (University of Leicester) has accepted our invitation as keynote speaker.

 

Period
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration

 

 

Deadline for CFP has passed.

 

Language
Deutsch English
Hashtag
#digitalmuseum
Organisers

Johanna Aufreiter

(Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)

Christian Huemer

(Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)

Ralph Knickmeier

(Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)

Georg Lechner

(Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)

Koenraad Brosens

(KU Leuven)

Partner

 

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

Introduction

 

 

Welcome & Introduction
Stella Rollig, Christian Huemer, Johanna Aufreiter (Belvedere, Wien)

 

Inhalt 4

Keynote

 

 

The Role of the Digital Turn in Museums’ Turn to Digital
Ross Parry (University of Leicester)

 

Inhalt 4

Contributions

PANEL 1: Collecting, Searching, Sharing

 

Sammlungen online und ihr Beitrag zur Erfüllung musealer Kernaufgaben
Elisabeth Schlögl (Kunsthaus Graz)

ZOOM Sammlung und digitale Transformation. Digitale Trickfilme von Kindern und Jugendlichen als Museumssammlung
Christiane Thenius (ZOOM Kindermuseum, Wien)

Teilhabe an Wissen stärken. Eine Kooperation mit der Wikipedia-Community
Jacqueline Seeliger (Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau München); Max Westphal (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München)

Inhalt 4

 

PANEL 2: Digital Participation

 

 

Partizipation im digitalen Raum: das debatorial® des Zeppelin Museums Friedrichshafen
Claudia Emmert (Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen)

 

Post-pandemic Opportunities for Visually Impaired Museum Visitors
Rafie R. Cecilia (University College London)

 

The Digital Museum during the Pandemic: Sharing Knowledge, Creating Experiences, Documenting Histories
Chiara Zuanni (Universität Graz)

Inhalt 4

 

PANEL 3: New Approaches of Curating

 

 

#MyExhibition – Digitale Objekte im virtuellen Raum erfahren. Erkenntnisse aus einem Forschungsprojekt                                  
Claudia Pitnik (Kunstmeile Krems), Michael Reiner (IMC Fachhochschule Krems)

 

„Training the Archive“ – Von der maschinellen Exploration musealer Sammlungsdaten zur Curator’s Machine         
Dominik Bönisch (Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen)

 

WOR(L)D EMBEDDING – Curating/Computing/Displaying Semantic Pathways through Belvedere's Online Collection                                         
Niko Wahl (freier Kurator & Historiker); Arthur Flexer (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)

Inhalt 4

 

PANEL 4: Digital Spatiality

 

 

Digitale Räumlichkeit – Chancen und Herausforderungen für das Kunstmuseum im 21. Jahrhundert
David Sailer (Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien)

 

Virtuelle Rekonstruktion der „Galerie der Moderne“ der Jahre 1926–1929
Johannes Sange (Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz); Norman Beberhold (Cura3D, Leipzig)

 

Inhalt 4

 

PANEL 5: Data, Context, Knowledge Spaces

 

 

Objektersatz oder erweiterte Wissensräume? Über „Dinge“ in digitalen Sammlungen
Gunther Reisinger (NOUS Wissensmanagement Wien & Technische Universität Graz)

 

Life after New Criticism. Zur biographischen Kontextualisierung kultureller Objekte im Netz der Daten
Eva Mayr; Florian Windhager; Anja Grebe (Donau-Universität Krems)

 

Collection Data and Social Justice
Dominic Oldman (British Museum, London)

Inhalt 4

Panel Discussion

 

 

Panel Discussion
Liz Neely (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe)
Dominic Oldman (British Museum, London)
Mirjam Wenzel (Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt)

 

Inhalt 4

Program

 

 

MO

11

JAN

 

17.00

Welcome & Introduction
Stella Rollig, Christian Huemer, Johanna Aufreiter (Belvedere, Wien)

Panel 1: Collecting, Searching, Sharing

Moderation: Johanna Aufreiter (Belvedere, Wien)

17.20

Sammlungen online und ihr Beitrag zur Erfüllung musealer Kernaufgaben
Elisabeth Schlögl (Kunsthaus Graz)

17.45

ZOOM Sammlung und digitale Transformation. Digitale Trickfilme von Kindern und Jugendlichen als Museumssammlung
Christiane Thenius (ZOOM Kindermuseum, Wien)

18.10

Teilhabe an Wissen stärken. Eine Kooperation mit der Wikipedia-Community
Jacqueline Seeliger (Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau München); Max Westphal (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München)

19.00

Keynote Lecture

Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Wien)

The Role of the Digital Turn in Museums’ Turn to Digital
Ross Parry (University of Leicester)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

TU

12

JAN

 

Panel 2: Digital Participation

Moderation: Luise Reitstätter (Universität Wien)

17.00

Partizipation im digitalen Raum: das debatorial® des Zeppelin Museums Friedrichshafen
Claudia Emmert (Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen)

17.25

Post-pandemic Opportunities for Visually Impaired Museum Visitors
Rafie R. Cecilia (University College London)

17.50

The Digital Museum during the Pandemic: Sharing Knowledge, Creating Experiences, Documenting Histories
Chiara Zuanni (Universität Graz)

18.15

Beyond #museumsfromhome: Re-thinking Digital Engagement with Museum Collections after Covid19, a West Midlands Case Study
Sophie Hatchwell (University of Birmingham)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

WE

13

JAN

 

Panel 3: New Approaches of Curating

Moderation: Miroslav Haľák (Belvedere, Wien)

17.00

#MyExhibition – Digitale Objekte im virtuellen Raum erfahren. Erkenntnisse aus einem Forschungsprojekt                                  
Claudia Pitnik (Kunstmeile Krems), Michael Reiner (IMC Fachhochschule Krems)

17.25

„Training the Archive“ – Von der maschinellen Exploration musealer Sammlungsdaten zur Curator’s Machine           
Dominik Bönisch (Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen)

17.50

WOR(L)D EMBEDDING – Curating/Computing/Displaying Semantic Pathways through Belvedere's Online Collection                                         
Niko Wahl (freier Kurator & Historiker); Arthur Flexer (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

TH

14

JAN

 

Panel 4: Digital Spatiality

Moderation: Hanna Brinkmann (Donau-Universität Krems)

17.00

Digitale Räumlichkeit – Chancen und Herausforderungen für das Kunstmuseum im 21. Jahrhundert
David Sailer (Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien)

17.25

The Boundless Museum – Street Art, Augmented Reality and the (Digital) Wide-spread Art Museum
Valentina Vavassori (King’s College London)

17.50

Virtuelle Rekonstruktion der „Galerie der Moderne“ der Jahre 1926–1929
Johannes Sange (Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz); Norman Beberhold (Cura3D, Leipzig)

18.15

Die Visualisierung von Hypothesen als Komplement zum authentischen Original
Dominik Lengyel (Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg); Catherine Toulouse (Lengyel Toulouse Architekten, Berlin)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

FR

15

JAN

 

Panel 5: Data, Context, Knowledge Spaces

Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Wien)

17.00

Objektersatz oder erweiterte Wissensräume? Über „Dinge“ in digitalen Sammlungen
Gunther Reisinger (NOUS Wissensmanagement Wien & Technische Universität Graz)

17.25

Life after New Criticism. Zur biographischen Kontextualisierung kultureller Objekte im Netz der Daten
Eva Mayr; Florian Windhager; Anja Grebe (Donau-Universität Krems)

17.50

Collection Data and Social Justice
Dominic Oldman (British Museum, London)

19.00

Panel Discussion

Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Wien)
Liz Neely (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe)
Dominic Oldman (British Museum, London)
Mirjam Wenzel (Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4