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Art, history and culture in digital spaces

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This chapter investigates how existing cultural forms are redefined (and sometimes reinvented) through digital technologies. It looks into how the relationship between the artist, the viewer and the artefact has changed over recent years. The chapter examines an ongoing conflict between the ‘virtual’ and the ‘material’ in the museum environment, which has forced the definition shift of what exhibition spaces are and how the public perceives them. It analyses such factors as credibility and intellectual transparency when constructing a virtual heritage environment or when creating a 3D reconstruction of a historical artefact. It also discusses the importance of virtual presence for cultural ...

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