EAR606 Museums and new technologies
Professor: Kali TZORTZI
Having as its starting point a brief historical overview of the introduction of new technologies in museums, and as theoretical background an analysis of changes in the definition of the museum and cultural heritage, of the relation of the virtual and the real, and of the ‘aura’ of the authentic object in the age of digital reproduction and the digitalized museum, the course aims to introduce students to the close link between new technologies and key museum functions, in particular interpretation. It examines the concept of the museum as a place of learning and contemporary educational theories to analyze the educational possibilities of new technologies. It explores the practice of using digital media in museums and the wide range of their applications, focusing on their role as communication media, as interpretative tools, as educational applications, and as museum exhibits themselves. It also discusses the impact of technology in driving profound changes for museums, in attitudes and experiences, in attracting new audiences as well as in raising theoretical issues and challenges. In the framework of the course, we analyze case studies of applications from Greek and foreign museums, we explain strategic interpretative choices in conjunction with specific aims and uses, and apply the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to creating and presenting a case study for a technological application supporting museum interpretation.