Title:
Harmonized Spaces, Dissonant Objects, Inventing Europe? Mobilizing Digital Heritage
Author:
Alexander Badenoch: Media and Cultural studies, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113295
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Year:
2011
Volume:
3
Theme:
Theme: Exhibiting Europé
Pages:
295-315
No. of pages:
21
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2011-10-25


Technology, particularly digitization and the online availability of cultural heritage collections, provides new possibilities for creating new forms of ’European cultural heritage’. This essay analyzes the emerging sphere of European digital heritage as a project of technological harmonization. Drawing on Andrew Barry’s concepts of technological zones, it examines the various ways in which agency and European citizenship are being reconfigured around cultural heritage. It explores the “Europeanization” of digital heritage in three areas. In the first section, it analyzes the recent agenda for digital heritage of the European Union as a harmonizing project to create a smooth space of cultural heritage. In the next sections, the development of a harmonized virtual exhibit on the history of technology in Europe forms a case study to explore processes of harmonization at the level of the web platform, and in the aesthetics of digitized objects. It argues that rather than seeking to elide the points of unevenness and ’dissonance’ that emerge in harmonization processes, we should instead look for ways to embrace them as points of dialogue and discovery.
Keywords: Technology; cultural heritage; digitization; Europe; virtual exhibit; collections

Volume 3, Theme:: Theme: Exhibiting Europé, Article 20, 2011

Author:
Alexander Badenoch
Title:
Harmonized Spaces, Dissonant Objects, Inventing Europe? Mobilizing Digital Heritage:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113295
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