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Monday, December 2 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Balancing Act: Object, Interpretation and Technology

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The rapid advancement of technology has transformed modern society. In the museum field, these advancements have had a significant influence on learning and experiencing cultural objects and the heritage associated with those objects. Museums throughout the world have adapted various digital media strategies in exhibition design, spatial and floor planning, educational outreach, and social media interaction to take advantage of this shifting paradigm. Consequently, integrating new media interpretation into exhibition planning has become a standard practice for enhancing the museum experience.

As part of technology evolution, museums are facing constant innovation in digital media. This presents both challenges and opportunities. If properly harnessed these can offer museums great potential but must be used wisely. Employing the vast array of interpretive media in the museum exhibit must be carefully and “thoughtfully” planned. It should assess their target audience and consider the use of only such technologies and practices appropriate for a given exhibit that is consistent with the purposes of the exhibition and core values. The selection of technology tools and the desired goals must be clearly defined. However, the quality of digital content is more important than technology – this should be a guiding principle. Sustaining the aesthetic is the core value that makes a museum exhibit what it truly is; yet balancing educational interpretation with entertainment in the application of new technologies is critical.

This session focuses on the intricate balance among objects, interpretation, and technology in the context of preserving cultural heritage. It describes the process of planning, developing, and organizing the Yuan Ming Yuan—Qing Emperors’ Splendid Gardens exhibit, as an example of a comprehensive approach in applying new media tools for storytelling. In addition, it will also address issues raised in the context of digital curation especially digital preservation and sustainability.

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Maria Economou

Professor, Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Glasgow
Maria Economou is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage. She returned in 2013 to the University of Glasgow, where she originally started her academic career as Lecturer in New Technologies for the Humanities at the then newly created Humanities Advanced Technology and Information... Read More →

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Herminia Din

Professor of Art Education, Department of Art, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA
Dr. Din is an associate professor of art education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was the Web producer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and education technologist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2005, she partnered with the University of Alaska Museum of... Read More →

Monday December 2, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel, Auditorium Guldgränd 8 Box 15270, Stockholm, 10465, Sweden

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