Monday, 17 January - Friday, 21 January 2022

The Art Museum in the Digital Age – 2022

International Online Conference

The Belvedere Research Center is continuing its conference series on the digital transformation of art museums with its fourth event on the topic. The COVID-19 pandemic, and our resultant inability to experience proximity to people and objects, has given the matter additional “virulence” in museums. Although the topic of digitization was gaining ground before the pandemic, the measures taken against the virus created a very special experimental arrangement in which the digital presence of museums was no longer merely a possible extension of exhibition spaces but rather the only way to reach the public. While the focus of our 2021 conference explored the premise of a crisis-induced return to the museum’s own collections, this time it shifts to questions beyond binary concepts, such as media specificity, hybridity, and mixed reality. In five thematic blocks, the lectures of the online conference by international experts deal with how the digital and the analog can be productively, conceptually, and aesthetically interwoven in a museum setting.

Period
- 8:00 pm
- 6:45 pm
- 6:45 pm
- 6:45 pm
Registration

 

Registration

 

Materials (PDF)

 

(Deadline for CFP has passed.)

 

From the Series

 

Conference 2019

Conference 2020

Conference 2021

Conference 2022

Language
English, German Simultaneous Interpretation
Hashtag
#digitalmuseum #belvederemuseum
Organisers

Christian Huemer

(Belvedere, Wien / Vienna)

Ralph Knickmeier

(Belvedere, Wien / Vienna)

Anna-Marie Kroupová

(Belvedere, Wien / Vienna)

Liz Neely

(Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe)

John Tain

(Asia Art Archive, Hongkong / Hong Kong)

Chiara Zuanni

(Universität Graz / University of Graz)

 

Partner

 

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

Program

 

 

MO

17

JAN

 

5.00 pm

Welcome & Introduction
Stella Rollig; Christian Huemer; Anna-Marie Kroupova (Belvedere, Vienna)

Panel 1: Audience Engagement

Moderation: Sabine Fauland (Austrian Museums Association, Graz)

5.20 pm

Everyone’s and Just Yours. Wikimedia, Audience, and Openness at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Benjamin Zweig (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.)

5.45 pm

Die MuseumsMenschen-App im Schaudepot. Ein intergeneratives, partizipatives Pilotprojekt an der Schnittstelle von analog und digital
Hanna Brinkmann; Anja Grebe (Danube University Krems); Melanie N. Lopin (Korneuburg City Museum)

6.10 pm

Sonic Enhancement of Virtual Exhibits
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco; Michael Tymkiw (University of Essex)

7.00 pm

Keynote Lecture

Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Vienna)

The Universal Museum and its Digital Expansion
Max Hollein (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

TU

18

JAN

 

Panel 2: Interwoven Worlds

Moderation: Nicole High-Steskal (Danube University Krems)

5.00 pm

Das Verhältnis von original-digital-virtuell
Werner Schweibenz (MusIS, University of Konstanz)

5.25 pm

Digital Ekphrasis. Creating Emily Dickinson’s Cultural Heritage
Kayla Shipp (Emory University, Atlanta)

5.50 pm

Virealität. Modus Operandi digitaler Kunstvermittlung der Hamburger Kunsthalle
Anja Gebauer; Katharina Hoins; Andrea Weniger (Hamburger Kunsthalle)

6.15 pm

Rethinking the Collection Catalogue. Hybrid Publishing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Brigid M. Boyle (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

WE

19

JAN

 

Panel 3: Strategic Dimensions

Moderation: Anna-Marie Kroupova (Belvedere, Vienna)

5.00 pm

Surfen als Bedingung von Online-Kunstrezeption. Ausstellungsformate im Spannungsfeld digitaler Infrastrukturen                                
Heiko Schmid (Zurich University of the Arts; Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

5.25 pm

Eine Kategorisierung von Augmented Reality in der Museumspraxis        
Carina Doppler; Jakob Ossmann (Fluxguide, Vienna)

5.50 pm

Emerging Virtual Spaces. Alternative Models for Displaying Collections Online                                     
Ellen Charlesworth (Durham University)

6.15 pm

Kryptokunst & Museum. Beispiele einer Beziehung                                   
Carola Korhummel (University of Vienna)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

TH

20

JAN

 

Panel 4: Sociopolitical Relevance

Moderation: Chiara Zuanni (University of Graz)

5.00 pm

Computing the Museum. Experiments in Algorithmic Co-curation
Giulia Taurino (Northeastern University, Boston)

5.25 pm

Museums and the Future Social Web
Lukas Fuchsgruber (Technical University of Berlin)

5.50 pm

„NOOOO PUT ME BACK I was next in line for the immersive van gogh exhibit“. Immersion: zur performativen und partizipativen Rezeption historischer Kunst
Charlotte Reuß (University of Applied Arts Vienna)

6.15 pm

User Experience of Art Exhibition in the „New Normality“. Innovative Methods of Research in Terms of Global Change
Marta Świetlik (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Inhalt 3

Inhalt 4

 

 

FR

21

JAN

 

Panel 5: Virtual Extensions

Moderation: Richard Kurdiovsky (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

5.00 pm

From Lock-Down to Innovation. Welcome to the World’s First Gigapixel Museum
Sandra Verdel (Mauritshuis, The Hague)

5.25 pm

From Palmyra to Pompei. The Dynamics of Display of Virtual Archaeological Sites in Museum Exhibitions
Isabella Archer (École du Louvre, Paris; University of Poitiers)

5.50 pm

VR in the Museum. Reconstructing Difficult Heritage of Modern Architecture
Georgios Artopoulos (The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia)

7.00 pm

Panel Discussion

Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Vienna)
Suse Anderson (George Washington University, Washington D.C.)
Carolyn Royston (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York)
Jeffrey T. Schnapp (metaLAB (at) Harvard, Cambridge)

Inhalt 3

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Call for Papers

The Belvedere Research Center is continuing its conference series on the digital transformation of art museums with its fourth event on the topic. The COVID-19 pandemic, and our resultant inability to experience proximity to people and objects, has given the matter additional “virulence” in museums. Although the topic of digitization was gaining ground before the pandemic, the measures taken against the virus created a very special experimental arrangement in which the digital presence of museums was no longer merely a possible extension of exhibition spaces but rather the only way to reach the public. While the focus of our 2021 conference explored the premise of a crisis-induced return to the museum’s own collections, the 2022 edition centers on the convergence of analog and digital media. Is the binary rhetoric of analog/digital, conservative/progressive, either/or ... still appropriate in the post-digital age, or should we address questions of media specificity, hybridity, and mixed reality?

Media theorists like Peter Weibel were quick to bury the body-based “society of proximity” discursively in the face of the pandemic. In gigantic stadiums, concert halls, and museums, he could only recognize “the pharaonic tombs of the future.” That people would not simply relocate to a purely digital world was already foreshadowed by the first easing of restrictions in the summer of 2020, when an almost excessive return to the analog took place. Original artworks were more in demand than ever, and there was a hunger for encounters with other people and objects in the museum. There are, it seems, anthropological constants, despite the expanded purview of technological possibilities. But what does this mean for the art museum in the digital age and the position of the digital in the cultural sector? What do successful forms of mediation look like in view of the dialectic of virtuality and physical presence? And what new challenges must be overcome in the process?

During five evenings, the online conference will feature a range of interdisciplinary contributions, which above all – but not exclusively – critically reflect on the following topics:

  • The structural transformation of the public sphere in the digital age
  • The logic of selection and interpretation in the modern media ecosystem
  • “Platformization” and the erosion of the traditional rituals for engaging with art
  • Artificial intelligence and new forms of curating
  • Human-computer interaction in the museum
  • Forms of participation in real/ digital spaces
  • The relationship between original-digital-virtual
  • Hybrid publishing and new forms of knowledge representation

We are delighted that Max Hollein (Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) will be our keynote speaker.