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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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The Morphology of Space in Virtual Heritage

The Morphology of Space in Virtual Heritage

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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage

Bernadette Flynn

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the morphology of space in virtual heritage and looks at one of the major disappointments in virtual heritage: That an algorithmically accurate large-scale three-dimensional model of a cathedral or castle is considered the hallmark of authenticity, and that reducing the monument or artifact to visual simulation disrupts its link to material evidence, and hence to history. When art is disconnected from ritual and magic, it loses its aura. Evoking the presence of the past relies on a different treatment of the space that generates cultural and social presence. The chapter shows that heritage is restored not only as a spatial representation onscreen, but also as a place for habitation—as a kinaesthetic sense of presence in the past. It also considers virtual heritage as individualized trajectories of memory and the movement of a body in virtual space.

Keywords:   virtual space, virtual heritage, authenticity, art, past, memory, history, habitation, spatial representation

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