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3D printing in current museum dissemination

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3D printing in current museum dissemination.
re-present, re-create, re-mix

With 3D printing museums can re-materialize objects and invite users to touch, use and re-model archaeological findings, works of art and natural heritage. The technology offers new and interesting perspectives on the concept of 'digital re-enactment’. However, the development also calls for a critical analysis and discussion of the communicative benefits and challenges of using 3D technology as a form of representation in the museum context.

In this paper I will present a work in progress where I research the use of 3D printing (technologies) in museum dissemination practices. The project is associated with the Danish research and development programme Our Museum (ourmuseum.dk).
My interest stems from a case study of a workshop in a Danish art museum about engaging users through 3D scanning, modelling and printing by ‘flip-flopping’ sculptures from physical to digital and back (Jakobsen 2016) and studies of how contemporary artists work with 3D printing technologies (Jakobsen 2015). In the current project I am interviewing museum workers about their experiences with dissemination practices involving 3D printing and ask them about why they engage with the 3D printing technology, what they hope to gain, and how they evaluate their experiences. For some 3D printing is a possibility to break with former museum dissemination practices and disciplinary traditions, and for others the idea about what the technology might make them capable of actually prevent them from exploring alternative, perhaps more available, methods and technologies.

Jakobsen 2016: https://www.journals.uio.no/index.php/museolog/article/view/3068/2650
Jakobsen 2015: http://www.acta.sapientia.ro/acta-film/C10/film10_02.pdf
Translated title of the contribution3D-printning i aktuel museumsformidling
Original languageEnglish
Publication year16 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2018
EventMuseum - A Culture of Digital Copies - Københavns Universitet, København, Denmark
Duration: 15 Nov 201816 Nov 2018


ConferenceMuseum - A Culture of Digital Copies
LocationKøbenhavns Universitet
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Research seminar following the conference "Museums - A Culture of Digital Copies"

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