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    Of Museums and Digital Culture: A landscape view

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2018)

    London, UK, 9 - 13 July 2018


    Tula Giannini & Jonathan P. Bowen



    A book on Museums and Digital Culture, edited by the two authors of this paper, is planned for publication in 2019. The book is structured in ten parts, typically with around three contributed chapters in each part. This paper will survey each of these areas to provide a landscape view of the overall topic, together with some personal conclusions and views on future directions by the authors. What distinguishes this museum book from others, is its focus on digital culture and art, digital behaviour, and the interaction of real and virtual life, and how this increasingly impacts museums as they move into the future. We trace the development of digital culture from its foundations in the 1940s with the work of Shannon, inventor of information theory and Turing, father of computer science, to present. A key concept is to bring diverse perspectives and voices on the 21st century museum, from inside and beyond the museum walls, of artists, academics, and professionals, as museums transform into the digital future.


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