1. bookVolume 10 (2022): Issue 1 (April 2022)
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Reuse and Appropriation: Remediating Digital Museum Collections and Digital Tools for a Participatory Culture in Transition

Published Online: 09 May 2022
Volume & Issue: Volume 10 (2022) - Issue 1 (April 2022)
Page range: 122 - 138
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2346-5522
First Published
15 Dec 2013
Publication timeframe
1 time per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Museums have always used different media to communicate, widen perspectives and bring new knowledge, but in the era of digital media, their various offerings are increasingly part of the media ecosystem. Our research interventions explored the possibility of reusing existing digitised material in a participatory setting. The aim was to explore the object-centred audience participatory method in digital settings. We held a series of digital and in-person workshops that invited the participants to “imagine” narratives about the provenance of the museum’s objects and journeys to Sweden in a playful and creative exploration. We could observe how the virtual workshop setting supported focused discussions, and allowed zooming, drawing and remixing of digital photographs to facilitate conversation. The workshop participants on-site worked with the museum objects on display to remediate them through photos, drawings, clay modelling, and writing down thoughts and questions about the objects on discussion postcards. The participants’ contributions were included in the virtual collection database (Carlotta), under the same collection as the other museum objects, making the remediation process circular. We argue that object-centred methods enable audience participation in digital media ecosystems both in museums and with other media makers.

The audience’s expectations and experiences from using other media bring them to the digital museum platforms with a willingness to explore, remix and integrate.

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