Data analytics as curatorial practice

Historians and specialists in both scientific areas of research and those of the humanities, have always been held in high regard for their knowledge of the past and their ability to understand and analyse the present by drawing on history. However, we have reached a point when no one individual can compete with the large databases and online platforms that hold thousands of years’ worth of information. Technology has advanced to unimaginable lengths, even our everyday gadgets are performing tasks that would be impossible for any single human to do at such speeds and with such high levels of efficiency. […]

The empowerment paradox. A discourse on the self(ie) obsession

Whereas there have been quite a few terms on this blog that needed a short explanation before delving into a more in-depth discussion of a topic, the word selfie is most definitely not in need of a definition. This recently emerged, ubiquitous trend has taken the world by storm, raising a lot of debate around the subject and dividing not just the academia, but the general population into two polarized camps: those who celebrate this sensation as a means of empowerment and self-expression, and those who criticize it because its practice leads to narcissism and self-centeredness. (Richard Kedzior and Douglas E. […]

Augmented Reality and the museum: preserving history by (re)imagining the past

“One place, however, where AR is still making its mark on small screens is the museum world. Those who run museums know that the people walking around their buildings are already spending an inordinate amount of time using their phones, whether it’s taking pictures or texting friends or taking pictures to text to friends. So it only makes sense to find ways to turn phones into storytelling tools that can bring the inanimate to life. Or shift time. Or add layers of knowledge. More museums are taking the leap and while the results can sometimes still seem a bit gimmicky, […]

The challenges of curating photography in the digital era

Introduction In today’s fast-paced environment, there is an increasing level of incertitude, and we as a society are constantly put in a position where we have to reconsider past values and attitudes. To reassess not just how we think about everyday habits, or centuries-old traditions and ideologies, but also how we think about the arts, science and all the other subjects that some decades ago where still veiled in an untouchable aura of beauty and artistic, academic sanctity. These changes started to take place with the rise of industrialism at first, then they were carried over to the twentieth century […]