• Virtuality as Aura: The Digital Afterlife of Medieval Books

    Author(s):
    Jasmine Burns (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Archives, Digital Art History, Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Critical theory, Digital archives, Medieval studies
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality
    Conf. Org.:
    Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University
    Conf. Loc.:
    Binghamton, NY
    Conf. Date:
    October 22, 2016
    Tag(s):
    aura, digital facsimiles, Digitization
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VM37
    Abstract:
    The open access movement has taken a strong hold within cultural heritage institutions, as large-scale digitization efforts are becoming increasingly popular in most libraries, museums, and archives. These initiatives have had a particular effect on the status of rare and unique materials through the provision of high-quality images and three-dimensional reproductions from around the globe. One of the most significant benefits of these programs is the instantaneous access to materials that have been virtually “hidden” in plain sight within institutional special collections. These objects are quickly and inexpensively being made available to the widest possible audience. As a result, the juxtaposition between the irreplaceable physical object and its digital surrogate(s) has become the subject of contentious discourse. When housed in libraries, museums, and archives, visual materials in particular are subject to a formulated set of expectations and interpretations. Through the digitization of rare and unique items, the standard method of engagement with such materials is suddenly transformed from visceral to virtual.
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    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
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