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Theorizing Digital Cultural HeritageA Critical Discourse$
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Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.001.0001

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Art Is Redeemed, Mystery Is Gone: The Documentation of Contemporary Art

Art Is Redeemed, Mystery Is Gone: The Documentation of Contemporary Art

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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage

Harald Kraemer

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the specific traits of contemporary art and how it can be documented using new procedures based on digital technologies. It argues that the different prerequisites and specific demands of contemporary art involve a changed methodology of analytic access, and considers ways in which traditional static methods of aesthetic museum documentation can be significantly extended. The chapter also looks at how a renewed methodology of documentation could question contemporary art in a meaningful way, and discusses the potential role of the interactive possibilities of digital and multimedia technology. In addition, it explores problems concerning information quality, research, reality, the future of museums, and the change in the meaning of museum documentation, concluding with a discussion of the construction and reconstruction of the past through documentation and the role of communication in documentation.

Keywords:   contemporary art, digital technologies, museum documentation, multimedia, information quality, museums, reconstruction, communication, construction

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