The Museum Imagination: A Reflection on the Status of the Object in Digital Culture

By Andreas Kratky.

Published by The Arts Collection

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As a large part of our communication processes are digitally mediated and the information we exchange in these processes is delivered in binary numeric form, the experience of tangible materiality becomes more and more rare. With the example of the collection of the Natural History Museum in Berlin we are tracing a parallel development towards a gradual virtualization of the material object in the arts and in the sciences. The paper describes the conceptual background and design decisions that were made to reflect on the status of the object in the Cine-Interactive “Venture to the Interior/Vorstoss ins Innere”, a real-time 3d experience exploring the idea of the museum as a place of cumulative knowledge construction.

Keywords: Mixed Reality, Database, Virtual Object, Materiality, Museum, Collection

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.105-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.463MB).

Dr. Andreas Kratky

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Media Division, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Andreas Kratky is a media artist and assistant professor in the Interactive Media Division of the School for Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. He has worked on several award winning projects like “That’s Kyogen”, the interactive installation and DVD “Bleeding Through–Layers of Los Angeles 1920-1986”, the algorithmic cinema system “Soft Cinema”, and the interactive costume projection in the opera “The Jew of Malta”. His work has been shown internationally in Europe, the USA and Japan. His current work comprises the interactive installation “The Imaginary Twentieth Century” and “Venture to the Interior”. Previously Kratky used to work in the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he was the head of the Multimedia Studio. Andreas Kratky also worked as a member of the research initiative “Labyrinth Project”, an organized research unit of the University of Southern California where he designed the installation and interactive DVD “3 Winters in the Sun–Einstein in California”.

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