Museums as Media
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5191
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Cultural institutions such as art, science and natural history museums, historical societies, and performance venues often value the importance of the authentic, original object or first-hand experience of live performance. In fact, many of these institutions speak of the importance of the original work of art or primary source material in their mission statements. However, the impacts of media (web, digital imaging, audio production, interactive media) have become an increasingly present feature of these institutions, from their online presence, to gallery installations, to online instruction and online resources for audiences. At times these digital formats attempt to capture aspects of more traditional media (painting, sculpture, fossils, documents), and at other times the media becomes the museum object itself. This online seminar will examine various facets of the role of digital media within museums and cultural institutions, and how these institutions function as media themselves as they serve as interpretive repositories of objects that are valued in our culture, and often, across cultures.
Open to Graduate students.