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Museums and Digital Culture: From Reality to Digitality in the Age of Covid-19

Version 1 : Received: 29 November 2021 / Approved: 30 November 2021 / Online: 30 November 2021 (10:47:20 CET)

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Giannini, T.; Bowen, J.P. Museums and Digital Culture: From Reality to Digitality in the Age of COVID-19. Heritage 2022, 5, 192-214. Giannini, T.; Bowen, J.P. Museums and Digital Culture: From Reality to Digitality in the Age of COVID-19. Heritage 2022, 5, 192-214.

Journal reference: Heritage 2022, 5, 11
DOI: 10.3390/heritage5010011

Abstract

Museums increasingly recognize the need to address advances in digital culture which impact the expectations and needs of their audiences. Museum collections of real objects need to be presented both on their own premises and digitally online, especially as social media becomes more and more influential in people’s everyday lives. We investigate these challenges magnified by advances in digital and computational media and culture looking particularly at recent and relevant reports on changes in the ways museums interact with the public. We find that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the changes driving museum transformation. We believe that museums must be more prepared than ever to adapt to unabated technological advances set in the midst of cultural and social revolution, now intrinsic to the digital landscape in which museums are inevitably connected and participating across the global digital ecosystem where they inevitably find themselves entrenched.

Keywords

Covid-19; digital culture; museums; reality; digitality

Subject

ARTS & HUMANITIES, Other

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