This conference takes its point of departure in the apparently obvious paradox: Museums are commonly described as storehouses for the real and authentic object, but have eagerly been embracing new copying technologies since the beginnings. On the one hand, digitalization can be seen in continuation of older practices. On the other hand, digital technologies apparently offer the possibility of reproducing, recreating, reconstructing, re-enacting, replicating and disseminating originals and copies in an abundance of new (and mixed) ways.
In order to unfold this paradox, we will address the following key questions: How can these changes in new reproduction technologies help us pose new questions to the history of museums and collections? Are they altering the status of objects and collections? Are the roles of museum users and the work of museum professionals being redefined as curatorial agency with digital copies is not limited to the latter? What are currently the best digital museum practises and how do they influence the museum institution and its users.