Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Even Better than the Real Thing? Digital Copies and Digital Museums in a Digital Cultural Policy

Title:
Even Better than the Real Thing? Digital Copies and Digital Museums in a Digital Cultural Policy
Author:
Ole Marius Hylland: Telemark Research Institute, Norway
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.179162
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Year:
2017
Volume:
9
Issue:
1
Pages:
62-84
No. of pages:
23
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Article
Published:
2017-09-04


This article investigates how a digital turn and digital copies have influenced ideas, roles and authorities within a national museum sector. It asks whether digital mu-seums and their digital reproductions expand and/or challenge a traditional cul-tural policy. Two specific cases are highlighted to inform the discussion on these questions – the Norwegian digital museum platform DigitaltMuseum and Google Art Project. The article argues that there is a certain epochalism at play when the impact of a digital turn is analysed. At the same time, some clear major changes are taking place, even if their impact on cultural policies might be less than expec-ted. I propose that one of the changes is the replacing of authenticity with accessi-bility as the primary legitimating value of museum objects.

Keywords: Digitization; digital museums; cultural policy; reproduction

Volume 9, Issue: 1, Article 6, 2017

Author:
Ole Marius Hylland
Title:
Even Better than the Real Thing? Digital Copies and Digital Museums in a Digital Cultural Policy:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.179162
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Volume 9, Issue: 1, Article 6, 2017

Author:
Ole Marius Hylland
Title:
Even Better than the Real Thing? Digital Copies and Digital Museums in a Digital Cultural Policy:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.179162
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