What happens when technology enters historical sites?
The project Mediating Memorial Landscapes (MeMin) explores how one specific digital tool affects visitors’ experience and understanding of history and cultural heritage, by way of user surveys, focus group interviews, and comparative analyses. The project started in Summer 2020, and continues through 2021.
About the project
The MeMin project addresses a challenge that digitalisation poses for cultural dissemination and cultural policy: Access to advanced digital technology opens up endless possibilities, but we lack knowledge about how technology changes the media and the cultural practices which they are part of.
How do the new tools affect visitors’ experience and understanding of historical sites and of connections between past and present? Do such tools alter how users relate to history and to each other? These are some of the questions that the project seeks to answer.
The project’s central case is the app «Falstad digital reconstruction» which was launched in the summer of 2018. The app is a tool that gives visitors to Falstad the opportunity to move in a digitally reconstructed campscape.
The project forms part of the Arts Council’s research initiative “Digital culture, aesthetic practices”. The initiative focuses on how digitalisation and digital media culture affect contemporary artistic and cultural practices.