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On Museums and Their Digital Immersion








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Thursday May 5, 2022 at 06:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: VINCE DZIEKAN, Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), Monash University, Australia

The CIÉCO “New Uses of Collections in Art Museums” Partnership is pleased to join with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in inviting you to its fourth annual conference.

Today, museums find themselves immersed in digital culture. Whether by circumstance or design, this situation challenges how the long-standing purpose of museums and their collections—to acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit both tangible forms and intangible practices of culture and heritage—relates to a default condition that has become increasingly mediatized.

No longer reduced to the binary, oppositional relationships that have structured museum/digital relations to date (physical-virtual, on-site–off-site, on-line–off-line), this presentation proposes that the dimensions of cultural experience (spatiotemporal, technosocial) are being reconfigured. Operating across this “bandwidth” of platforms, sites and contexts, cultural experience eludes the imposed physical and conceptual boundaries of the art object, gallery or museum itself. In response, it is proposed that museums be redefined as a form of cultural architecture, and that their accompanying curatorial programming provide a means of transitioning from an initial phase of digital adoption to post-digital adaptation.

The talk will be presented in English and will be followed by a question period in French and English.


Vince Dziekan is a senior academic and practitioner-researcher at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), Monash University, Australia. Vince’s work engages with the transformation of contemporary curatorial practices at the intersection of emerging design practices, creative technology and museum culture. The scope of these interdisciplinary investigations is reflected in his book Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition: Curatorial Design for the Multimedial Museum (Intellect Books, UK; University of Chicago Press, 2012), and, more recently, in The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication (co-edited with Kirsten Drotner, Ross Parry and Kim Christian Schrøder; Routledge, 2018).

This conference is organized as part of a research project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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