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Museum and Archive on the Move

Changing Cultural Institutions in the Digital Era

Edited by: Oliver Grau
Together with: Wendy Coones and Viola Rühse

The digital revolution fundamentally changed how cultural heritage is created, documented, analyzed, and preserved. The book focuses on this transformation’s impact. How must museums and archives meet the challenges of digitally generated cultures and how does the digital revolution influence traditional object collection, research, and education? How do digital technologies and digital art and culture affect our interaction with images? Leading international experts from various disciplines break new ground. Pioneering interdisciplinary research results collected in this book are relevant to education, curators and archivists in the arts and culture sector and in the digital humanities.

  • New developments in museums and archives as a result of digital technologies
  • Indispensable to curators, archivists, art and media researchers
  • With contributions by Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Dieter Bogner, Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine et al.

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Oliver Grau, Wendy Coones and Viola Rühse, Danube University Krems.


"The publication provides an excellent overview on the current issues at stake in museums, archives and institutions that need to deal with, but also hopefully can profit from, the possibilities opened by either the digitalisation of their collections, or the conservation and presentation of collections of digital art or other media. In other words, it is a highly recommended read to all professionals in the field."

Gabriela Galati, Leonardo. The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, December 2018, https://www.leonardo.info/review/2018/12/review-of-museum-and-archive-on-the-move-changing-cultural-institutions-in-the

"Museum and Archive on the Move provides an excellent synopsis of current thinking across the field. If your are planning a new museum or archive, we recommend that you read this book first. In museology terms, this book also offers thought-provoking aspirations and useful criticisms."

Danielle O'Donovan and Tom Lonergan, Museum International [ICOM’s peer-reviewed journal], Vol. 70, No. 277-278, 2018, p. 176-177

"This volume, in overlapping fields of museum and archive studies, introduces emerging questions of media art in terms of its rare and very often unsuccessful preservation. Eminent media theorists, including Sean Cubitt, Erkki Huhtamo, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, or curators such as Documenta XI curator Okwui Enwezor and Transmediale director Andreas Broeckmann, contribute to this crucial theme."

"Surely an ultimate source for the topic of media art musealisation and archivisation, as its best-known theorists and curators, this book will find place in university libraries, being a good compendium of topics for students in art history as well as in museology, but also in museums, where this critical knowledge is more than critical in practice."

Ana Peraica, Leonardo. The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, December 2017, https://www.leonardo.info/review/2017/12/review-of-museum-and-archive-on-the-move-changing-cultural-institutions-in-digital

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Audience: Art historians, museum professionals, curators, archivists, media researchers, cultural historians