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Cultural Objectsin the Age of Digital access     Francesco Spagnolo, PhD     The Magnes, UC Berkeley        CAJM, NYC 2013
CASE STUDY No. 3: SOUND OBJECTS        http://bit.ly/sound-objects
CASE STUDIES  Research-based Exhibition Series          @UC Berkeley• Foster   collaborative research around museum curati...
Modes of Digital Documentation• Online texts and images (scribd.com; flickr.com)
scribd.com is a social media platform for sharing written texts
flickr.com allows to share and collaboratively annotate                            images(also allows to geolocate images,...
Modes of Digital Documentation• Digital documentation of research and curatorial work (zotero.org ; linoit.com)
linoit.com is a platform that allows to share and work            collaboratively with annotations
zotero.org allows to annotate online bibliographic resources,           share them, and work collaboratively
Modes of Digital Documentation• Content Management Systems as aggregators of digital content:• CMS   (magnesalm.org)• Drup...
IDEA@ALM is a Collection Management System that integrates archive,library and museum metadata schemata with embedded soci...
Drupal is a content management system that allows to aggregateand broadcast a variety of sources (database, social media, ...
Digital exhibitions mayintegrate:1.Exhibition display2.Database records3.Images (flickr)4.Texts (scribd)5.Sounds (soundclo...
Research-based exhibitions          encourage to examine:1.   Relationship between cultural objects & digital     surrogat...
Sound Objects project components:     1. Teaching & Research• UC Berkeley seminar on multi-disciplinary study of Jewish li...
Sound Objects project components:2. Innovative Theoretical Approach    SOUND STUDY OF SYNAGOGUE LIFE                  more...
Sound Objects project components3. Curatorial Selection & Documentation• Integrated   use of database + social media platf...
Sound Objects project components 4. Presentation on-site & on-line
Research Results                    Part I• PLACING        THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURAL OBJECT & DIGITAL SURROGATE AT...
Research Results                  Part II• MODESOF RE/PRESENTATION & INTERPRETATION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS• AUDIO      & VIDE...
Research Results                 Part III• QUESTIONING    THE STATUS IF "ONLINE EXHIBITIONS"•A DIGITAL NARRATIVE entirely ...
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?•   More sophisticated UIs & Apps: better metadata manipulation•   New(ish) platforms (Zeega, Popcor...
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Presented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums (http://www.cajm.net/annual-conference). Based on the research exhibition "Case Study No. 3 | Sound Objects," created at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley, in 2012-2013 (http://bit.ly/sound-objects).

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  1. 1. Cultural Objectsin the Age of Digital access Francesco Spagnolo, PhD The Magnes, UC Berkeley CAJM, NYC 2013
  2. 2. CASE STUDY No. 3: SOUND OBJECTS http://bit.ly/sound-objects
  3. 3. CASE STUDIES Research-based Exhibition Series @UC Berkeley• Foster collaborative research around museum curation• Enable innovative/unintended uses/interpretations• Experiment with modes of digital documentation
  4. 4. Modes of Digital Documentation• Online texts and images (scribd.com; flickr.com)
  5. 5. scribd.com is a social media platform for sharing written texts
  6. 6. flickr.com allows to share and collaboratively annotate images(also allows to geolocate images, add dates, and other kinds of metadata…)
  7. 7. Modes of Digital Documentation• Digital documentation of research and curatorial work (zotero.org ; linoit.com)
  8. 8. linoit.com is a platform that allows to share and work collaboratively with annotations
  9. 9. zotero.org allows to annotate online bibliographic resources, share them, and work collaboratively
  10. 10. Modes of Digital Documentation• Content Management Systems as aggregators of digital content:• CMS (magnesalm.org)• Drupal (magnes.org)
  11. 11. IDEA@ALM is a Collection Management System that integrates archive,library and museum metadata schemata with embedded social media content(Above: IDEA@ALM used at magnesalm.org to describe a paintingalongside a Google Maps Streetview of current location depicted in source)
  12. 12. Drupal is a content management system that allows to aggregateand broadcast a variety of sources (database, social media, crowd sourced content, etc.) (Above: Drupal is used at magnes.org to aggregate content from flickr.com, scribd.com, and soundcloud.com locally generated content)
  13. 13. Digital exhibitions mayintegrate:1.Exhibition display2.Database records3.Images (flickr)4.Texts (scribd)5.Sounds (soundcloud)6.Videos (youtube/vimeo)7.Planning (linoit)8.Research (zotero)9.Website hub & database(drupal)
  14. 14. Research-based exhibitions encourage to examine:1. Relationship between cultural objects & digital surrogates2. Modes of re/presentation & interpretation3. Status of "online exhibitions"
  15. 15. Sound Objects project components: 1. Teaching & Research• UC Berkeley seminar on multi-disciplinary study of Jewish liturgy (texts, sounds, music, objects, architecture, body language)• RESEARCH & DISCOVERY
  16. 16. Sound Objects project components:2. Innovative Theoretical Approach SOUND STUDY OF SYNAGOGUE LIFE more at: performingtexts.wordpress.com bit.ly/sound-objects
  17. 17. Sound Objects project components3. Curatorial Selection & Documentation• Integrated use of database + social media platforms• "Standard" research --> exhibition labels• Visual documentation --> exhibition images• Audio documentation --> exhibition sound clips EXPERIMENTAL CURATORIAL PRACTICE: "PLAYING" (HANDLING) OBJECTS
  18. 18. Sound Objects project components 4. Presentation on-site & on-line
  19. 19. Research Results Part I• PLACING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURAL OBJECT & DIGITAL SURROGATE AT THE FOREFRONT• ENHANCED PROXIMITY (hear sound/evoke use, history, context...)• ENHANCED MEDIATION/DISTANCE (object /display case / hand-held device /software (app) / wireless or cellular connection / server and/or cloud)
  20. 20. Research Results Part II• MODESOF RE/PRESENTATION & INTERPRETATION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS• AUDIO & VIDEO (not just text & images) as DIGITAL SURROGATES• AUDIO & VIDEO (not just text & images) as DESCRIPTIVE METADATA OPTIONS• (NARRATIVE) ROLE OF UIs (USER INTERFACES) and APPS
  21. 21. Research Results Part III• QUESTIONING THE STATUS IF "ONLINE EXHIBITIONS"•A DIGITAL NARRATIVE entirely based on narrative capability of UIs (ontological approach)•A META-COLLECTION: collection of hybrid digital surrogates and associated descriptive metadata (epistemological approach)
  22. 22. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?• More sophisticated UIs & Apps: better metadata manipulation• New(ish) platforms (Zeega, Popcorn Maker...) aggregate digital surrogates and metadata in less linear ways• Ontology and epistemology get closer Impossible to separate: Research from Presentation Metadata from Narrative
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