RCPI Practicum

Over the past month I’ve been working with Harriet Wheelock keeper of collections at the RCPI heritage centre. The collection I’ve been working with is The Kirkpatrick Index. This is part of a wider set of collections by Thomas Kirkpatrick. The Kirkpatrick Index consists of manuscript notes, newspaper cuttings, photographs, documents etc which were collected […]

The Ghost in The Machine

Huggert and Costopoulos take an introspective look at archaeology focusing on the effects digital technology has on the field. This discussions revolves around ideas of technology fetishism, anti-technology fetishism and the nature of digital archaeology vs archaeology conducted digitally. All questions are ones of reflexivity and how, if at all, the processes of technology affect […]

The Aura of the Digital

Walter Benjamin in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” discussed the influence mechanical reproduction has on the aura of an object. Film and photography being a central focus in this. Benjamin focused on the originality and authenticity of aura and the diminished sense of aura attached to reproductions. (Benjamin, 2, 2008). […]