Conference: Emerging Technologies and the Digital Transformation of Museums and Heritage Sites

The RISE IMET International Conference on Emerging Technologies and the Digital Transformation of Museums and Heritage

The RISE IMET International Conference will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on June 3-5th 2020.

The conference is dedicated to the exploration of current practices in the use of emerging and interactive technologies such as augmented, mixed or virtual reality, holographic models, 3D models, artificial intelligence, sensors and gamification in museums and heritage sites. The aim of this conference is to promote critical and interdisciplinary approaches and conversations between participants from diverse fields and to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue between academics and professionals from various backgrounds on digital advances, innovation and their impact on the field of cultural heritage. Thus, we encourage the submission of abstracts from academics and professionals from the fields of museum studies, cultural heritage, computer science, heritage management, artificial intelligence, visual arts and cognitive science amongst others.

Deadline for abstract on November 30, 2019.

More information on cyprusconferences.org/riseimet2020.

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Museums as conflict zones or contact zones – a seminar on the role of art museums in de-colonial times

Curator and professor Maria Lind has stated that art museums are much more stable institutions than the other art institutions because they have collections. Collections legitimatise art museums as preservers of culture in society.

However, collections also reveal disruption and disjuncture between the past and the present: Policies of collecting art in the past collide with issues of today concerning repatriation, representation and unsettled conflicts such as who has the right to the art objects and how to display them.

This seminar will look into how art museums can open up to dialogue and discussion and thereby become more active and involved in today’s essential issues such as migration, restitution and changing responsibilities towards the past.

Speakers:

  • Clémentine Deliss (curator, researcher and previous director of Museum der Weltkulturen in Frankfurt):
    Occupy Collections! on access, circulation, and interdisciplinary experimentation, or the urgency of remediating ethnographic collections (before it really is too late).
  • Jérémie M McGowan (artist, designer and director of Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Norway with a PhD in art history and theory from the University of Edinburgh):
    Jérémie M McGowan will present the Sami Art Museum (2017). A museum performance that manifested the demand for alternative histories in order to transform museum spaces, roles and methodologies.
  • Anna Vestergaard Jørgensen (curator and ph.d. student at SMK & KU):
    “Please do it for me? Affective labour in (de)colonial exhibitions” Are art museums free from responsibility when they cooperate with contemporary artists and invite them to use their artistic freedom?

Participation is free but registration is necessary. Sign up here:

https://events.au.dk/Museumsasconflictzonesorcontactzones

The seminar is organized and financed by the national Danish Center for Museum Research, Research Programme in Museology, Aarhus University and Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology, Aarhus University

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