The DFG-funded research project „Curating Digital Images: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Affordances of Digital Images in Heritage and Museum Contexts“ deals with the question of how digital images transform the museum experience. Two interconnected empirical studies explore these transformations ethnographically. The first study takes a close look at how digital images from museum databases are downloaded, shared, and dealt with in people’s everyday lives. The second study concentrates on digital image practices in the physical museum and seeks to understand how visitor-photographs taken in museums are curated and contextualized on social media platforms. An eye-tracking study furthermore gives interesting insights on how interdisciplinary collaboration with information science can enhance ethnography and shows how the human eye plays into curatorial practice processes.
Katharina Geis & Sarah Ulrich will give insights into the empirical studies and present the research results.
The colloquium takes place on-site at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (HZK), and online: