From planned oblivion to digital exposition

The digital museum of Afro-Brazilian heritage

Authored by: Livio Sansone

The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138581296
eBook ISBN: 9780429506765
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429506765-12

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Abstract

All over the Global South, communication has developed much faster than ‘physical’ opportunities have. In fact, one of the aspects that characterises the Global South vis-à-vis the Global North, besides poorer indicators of quality of life, is scarce access to physical libraries, archives and museums rather than access to communication technologies or conspicuous consumption more generally. In the meantime, together with the communication revolution, new claims for representation have emerged from subaltern groups that also want to become part of the performance of diversity by being portrayed positively in museums, archives and heritage exhibits. Over the last decade, new communication technologies seem to have changed and broadened the horizon for museum exhibits and heritage preservation more generally. A process that began in the more technologically developed nations has begun to make inroads into the Global South. It is within this two-fold trend that our project of a digital museum has developed.

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