Airing the Past: Inquiries into Digital Memories

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Airing the Past: Inquiries into Digital Memories


Edited by Nuria Rodríguez Ortega, Fátima Díez-Platas and Seppo Kuivakari

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

This anthology provides a variety of critical insights to examine the impact of media culture on the heterogeneous processes of building digital memories through different cultural practices.

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The chapters in this anthology discuss the rapid change of digital media technologies and the way they impetus our understanding of history and memory. History should not be regarded only as an object of research. It is also a subject, performing and registering agency. The aim of the articles will not be to cover the whole range of mediated histories, but to claim fresh insights for debate and discovery in terms of digital memories. In this sense, contributions for this volume will leave the ‘doors of perception’ (Aldous Huxley) wide open and sketch the impact of media to different cultural practices, identity work and preservation of history, as well as the examination of it. Likewise, divergence of the papers at hand indicates that the concept ‘digital’ ought to be recognized as institutional practices, methodological tools, or as content providers for memories.

Nuria Rodríguez-Ortega, Seppo Kuivakari and Fátima Díez-Platas

Part I Inquiring into Digital Memories

Seeing the Unseen: The Politics and Privileges of Invisibility and Opacity in the Digital Archive
Rhiannon S. Bettivia

Remembering Everything? Techno-Optimisms and Digital Debris
Chloé S. Georas

Mapping Testimonies: The Interview Archive ‘Forced Labour 1939-1945’
Cord Pagenstecher

The Rise of Online Social Networks in Greece: The Case of Facebook
Emmanouil Melissourgakis

Urban Memory and Mobility: The Designing of a City Museum in Greece
Eleni Sideri

Part II Designing Memories

Unsealing Simulation and the Allegories of Construction
Seppo Kuivakari

Tracking and Sharing: Performance Art, Web and Documentation
Riikka Niemelä

Poetics of Memory: Invention and Discovery Using Metadata to Create Cultural Memories in Programmable Environments
Carlos Henrique Rezende Falci

Structuralist Content Design in the Multi-Touch Museum Environment
Jaroslav Vancat and Daniel Riha

Part III Communicating and Processing Memories

How Can Knowledge Engineering (KE) Open New Interpretations in the Field of Art Theory? A Case Study Based on 16th and 17th Art-Theoretical Production
Nuria Rodríguez-Ortega and José Pino Díaz

Teaching Ancient Egyptian Art Online: Experiences and Proposals from U.N.E.D., Spain
Inmaculada Vivas Sáinz

Nuria Rodríguez Ortega is Art History PhD and Digital Humanities practitioner. She is professor and Chair of the Art History Department at the University of Málaga and Director of the research group iArtHis_Lab. Her investigation unfolds in several lines: exploration of new digital narratives, building of expanded digital editions, application of data analysis and visualizations to the study of cultural phenomena, and critical inquiries into digital cultures.

Fátima Díez-Platas is assistant professor of Art History at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and main researcher of the Biblioteca Digital Ovidiana, a digital library for the illustrated Ovid editions. Her research interests lie in ancient Greek iconography, figurate mythology in Classical tradition, Ancient aesthetics and Classics and Digital Humanities.

Seppo Kuivakari works as a lecturer in the faculty of art and design at the University of Lapland. Currently, he is interested in the history of simulation culture.