Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age

Added to the Museum of Data by Haidy Geismar on Friday, March 8, 2019. Museum of Data Collection ID: 183.

Public description: A book by Haidy Geismar. Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age explores the nature of digital objects in museums, asking us to question our assumptions about the material, social, and political foundations of digital practices. Through four wide-ranging chapters, each focused on a single object – a box, pen, effigy and cloak – this short, accessible book explores the legacies of earlier museum practices of collection, older forms of media (from dioramas to photography), and theories of how knowledge is produced in museums on a wide range of digital projects. Swooping from Ethnographic to Decorative Arts Collections, from the Google Art Project, to bespoke digital experiments, Haidy Geismar explores the object lessons contained in digital form and asks what they can tell us about both the past and the future.

Materials used: Digital Images and Text laid out in a PDF format, all of which are referencing academic debates, ideas, and objects (both digital and not) in museum collections

Credit: The author of the book is Haidy Geismar

Copyright: This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Geismar, H. 2018. Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. London: UCL Press. DOI:

Language: English

Size: 144 digital pages (including cover and front matter)

Publication date: 2018-05-12 00:00:00

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