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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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Redefining Digital Art: Disrupting Borders

Redefining Digital Art: Disrupting Borders

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(p.92) (p.93) 5 Redefining Digital Art: Disrupting Borders
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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage
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Beryl Graham

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.003.0006

This chapter examines the histories of digital art works and their place within physical spaces and the Internet to offer new perspectives on their meaning and identify the challenges they present for conventional practices of curatorship and documentation. It looks at the history and politics of art communities in networked and real-world locations to highlight collaborative art creation and creative content creation as well as education, accessibility, and usability. The chapter also explores current working categories for classifying digital art in physical installations and how these definitions influence the way art is shown in museums. It argues that digital art as a relatively new medium is disrupting “safe” categories and illustrates the negative implications of its particularly fluid characteristics for arts institutions. The chapter offers a new working definition of digital art to analyze the particular challenges involved in the collection, documentation, and conservation of new media art in institutions.

Keywords:   digital art, museums, Internet, curatorship, documentation, politics, art communities, art creation, content creation, new media

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